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Can You Say Hubris?
Just the other day, the latest issue of White Wolf magazine
showedupand in it is an articlepresenting, with the enthusiastic
endorsement of the editors, a profile of White Wolf gamers
compared to "other gamers."This article sets new highs for self-congratulatory
arrogance, even by White Wolf's standards (and
that, unfortunately, is really saying something).
The article interested me because I'm a gamer and I'm not
primarily a White Wolf customer, so I fit in the "other gamer"
category or, to quote the article correctly, "Other Gaming Geek
(OGG)." I would venture a guess that that applies to most of you
reading this editorial right now as well. So what does White Wolf
think of us? More importantly, what characteristics does White
Wolf believe that we all share which set us apart from the sort of
customer that they imagine they sell to? We let them speak for
themselves. First, how do they imagine their audience?
You might have noticed that there's an undefinable
something that sets players of Vampire: The Masquerade
apart from other gamers. It's not just that their
t-shirts actually fit. Nor is it the way they casually dust
their conversation with off-hand references to bands
and authors that no one else ever heard of (making you
feel you're no more civilized than a Kalahari bushman).
It's not even the hair (oh, such hair), the earrings or the
boots. No, It's an emotional, almost spiritual quality.
Silent ... amorphous ... its tands alone, unchanging. Not
knowing its name, I style it "attitude."
Great. Now how about the rest of us Other Gaming Geeks?
Basically, OGGs are adolescents, regardless of
chronological age. They usually live with or near their
folks. but sometimes marry other OGGs and occasionally
even spawn. If forced to find jobs, they usually end
up doing something unspeakably mindless and degrading,
but a minority make a frighteningly good living
as engineers or programers (all their money goes into
computer supplies andgames).
Now this was admittedly in their April Fools issue, and the
article pokes some good-natured fun at Vampire gamers as
well. But I don't detect much that is good-natured in the above
characterization. Furthermore, I'm getting a little tired of what I
call the Rush Limbaugh defense.
What, you ask, is the Rush Limbaugh defense? Simple. First.
say any and every outrageous thing that pops into your head,
and don't worry about the consequences. (Example: "If the only
way we can get women off of juries is to take away their right to
vote, then maybe we ought to.") Then, when everybody, including
even some of your most ardent supporters, takes offense, just say,
'Hey,.. what's wrong with you, people? Can't you take a joke?"
Maybe that's my problem. Maybe I can't take a joke. Or maybe
I've heard this same gamer-as-geek joke repeated over and
over so many times that it's just not funny anymore. But I think
that what really bothers me is this deification of "attitude" without
any real concern for substance.
Having been at this business for something over 20 years,
and the hobby for even longer pushing 30 years now - l've
had an opportunity to examine thousands of gamers - maybe
tens of thousands - up close and personal. Different people
confronting the same event will notice different things, and
maybe what people notice tells you as much about them as
about what they are observing. Here are the things that have
struck me as worthy of notice over the years.
I have never once, in nearly 30 years, heard a gamer
use the word "nigger." When you think about it, that's astonishing.
I have never once heard a gamer say the word "bitch"
with that particular bite to the voice and curl to the lip that is the
sign of a deep and heartfelt hostility toward women.
I have seen gamers angry, but have never once seen
a gamer's anger turn into physical violence directed against
another human being. I have had to break up fistfights, but never
between gamers. I have known battered wives, but never one
who was married to a gamer.
Do gamers dress well? I couldn't say: I've honestly never paid
much attention to that sort of thing. Do they have a firm grasp of
style and fashion? Sorry, wouldn't know. Do they have "attitude"?
Beats the hell out of me.
But if you ask me if they have character, I will answer,
If you have character, you don't need attitude, and attitude
without character is just form without function, all style and no
substance, all sizzle and no steak. It's a really loud voice with
nothing much to say.