In so far as there is a “Sifr is the problem” vs “Parasite is the problem” debate, I was on the “Parasite is the problem” side before reading this article, and after reading it I think I am a convert. Nice to have a reminder that while I don’t like my ICE getting trashed, Parasite gives me, as the corp, a lot of interesting options to keep my ICE alive.
I really liked the broader point of the article too. Non-icebreaker means of dealing with ICE have always made the game more exciting and have given the runner more fun options to consider, especially with making some last desperation run for the winning agenda, when the runner is out of credits but not out of gumption.
I also appreciated the implied point that giving each faction a bunch of ways to get around ICE that operate differently, you promote interfaction runner diversity. If anarchs are dominating, you can (theoretically) bring in an ICE suite designed around taxing anarch stuff. This makes shapers and criminals, who don’t interact with that ICE in the same way, more powerful.
Thanks for the articles.