You have all heard it before. Old school, new school, whose cool, whose not. Screw that shit. These are your games and I say it is time we take them back. Who are “we”?
We are the “normal” gamers, the ones who get together with a few friends, make up stories and roll some dice. We are the ones who are sick to puking with all the arguments on the net. Those whose games and enjoyment of this hobby has been tarnished by the edition warriors, artsy story gamers, would be SJWs and their various foils(some of whom are just as annoying), art bashers, book snobs, movie dullards. Those who argue without regard for facts or those who drag up facts to fit their side of things.
(seriously, as much as I love the internet age I wish it didn’t exist sometimes)
The better question is who we are not…who aren’t we.
We aren’t the pretentious little dollies, we aren’t those who lives are so dull we need to drum up excitement on the internet. We aren’t the ones who need to make others feel inferior to get through our day. We don’t need to tell others what games to play or how to feel. We will not tell others they are wrong for liking the games they like.
So, you may wonder, what do we do about this? Simple enough really, we shut up and roll some dice and tell others to do the same. Seriously… just shut up unless you have something honest and constructive to say…if someone is talking about how much fun they had playing Bunnies and motherfuckin’ Burrows, don’t chime in with how much you hate GURPS.
Hell though compared to what I have seen out there that is miles better than the old “let’s derail this thread by stating how much I hate a completely irrelevant thing”… fuck that cheeses me off. Then the poster of the OP looks at it and gets depressed or angry…just ruins your day and bleeds into your next B&B session and suddenly the world of gaming is a lot less fun.
I just hate subtractive conversation, you know what I mean.. like above and discussion of say…art. If a group of people are discussing a cool piece of art and you chime in with something like “That girls socks are red, it has to symbolize her menstruation on her feet, that’s sexist” You are being subtractive. Your input has taken away from the conversation. You personally have sucked joy out of a little piece of the world and replaced it with nothing. If you absolutely must make an argument, make sure whatever you don’t like is followed by something you like about the subject at hand. In the above example you could replace it with another piece of art the artist did you like better…or if you find all of their work reprehensible you could offer up another artist you like better thus potentially exposing people to something new, you are being additive.
Really though, if people are discussing something you don’t like, don’t listen. Just go away, roll some dice, and shut up.