Most people who refer to themselves as the “Core” gamers are like those five year old kids who act out because they’re upset that their new baby sister is getting more attention.
So as a result, they try to take out what they see as their competition for attention and throw hissy-fits and tantrums. Yeah, if you did start getting attention from your parents, you’d start throwing a tantrum the second they decide to play with your baby sister.
It fits gamers very well. Gamers have a lot of growing up to do - the happy gamers are too busy playing the games to be on the internet bitching. The rest suffer strongly from “King Customer Mentality”. Or, to link it to an already existing term, Little Emperor Syndrome.
There are several aspects of Little Emperor Syndrome - for example, many Little Emperors come from families where their parents and grandparents never got to go to college for whatever reason. (Cultural Revolution, hard times, recession, wars, etc) So as a result, they push their kids extra hard academically.
Now the aspect that applies most to gamers? The “Spoiled brat” aspect. You have grandparents and parents doting all their attention to one child - who thinks they are the centre of the world. As a result they wind up in for a big crash when they reach adulthood and learn that they actually aren’t the only people in the world and it does not revolve around them. I actually learned this not from WikiP… but from my former coworkers who were Chinese. (as in from China, too.) Very few of them had kids, in part because they never planned to. When asked why by the coworkers who were mothers and fathers, they pointed out the Little Emperor Syndrome… and the chinese ones who were parents even said they messed up with their kids because they were becoming Little Emperors.
How does this apply to gamers? Well, if you think about it, many “core” or “hardcore” gamers grew up being the primary demographic. Any and all games that were made were (For the most part) intended with them in mind. Now, fast forward 10-20 years. A gamer isn’t just someone who plays Super Mario Brothers, Sonic the Hegehog, or Pong in their living room OR someone who plays games like Poker in the casino. (That was where the term came from - most Casinos actually do use “Gaming” in their advertisements.) Now a gamer can be someone who streams 8 hours of DotA 2 a day. A gamer can be a stay-at-home mom who plays Peggle a few times. A gamer could be a parent who bonds with their kid playing video games the way their dad played catch with them. A gamer could be someone who plays Dark Souls on the hardest difficulty. A gamer could be someone who is into madden. See? It’s a lot more than just what it was.
But ooooh no, these new people like the “Casuals”, “Soccer Moms”, or “Frat Boys” aren’t gamers… because they weren’t here in the 80s. They like different things. And oh noes - now they’re making games that also appeal to them and not us.
They have a right to exist. Has Twilight so far prevented you from buying a copy of Game of Thrones? Has there never been anything written in the past few years that really appeals to you simply because TWilight came out? I certainly don’t care for Axis Power Hetalia or whatever the hell that is… but has it outright forced itself onto my computer and said I can’t read a Junji Ito manga because the only anime people care about are Axis Power Hetalia?
No. Gamers really REALLY need to learn that their demograph (no matter how big or smal lit may be) are not the only consumers in this industry. Remember that gaming was always based around targeting people with disposable income - the so-called kids or “casual” demographic.
So gamers, please grow out of this phase that most older siblings get when they have a baby sibling or two - it’s very immature. Because think of gaming publishers and devs as your parents. They try to do something that your little brothers and sisters like, and you whine at them for it because you want to be the one calling the shots and doing what you want to, little siblings be damned. So they try and find something all of you enjoy… but the oldest one says “I hate this. Disneyland is for BABIES. Can we go do something I like that they don’t care for?”
"I’m leaving SoFurry now. They clearly don’t care about copyright."
"My favourite player is gone - I’m done watching Big Brother."
"Guild Wars 2 is so much better than WoW."
"I’m never using FA again. Cya on Weasyl!"
"I’m never coming to Subway again!"
"I’m done with Tumblr. Cya later."
Admit it - you’ve heard these statements before. People threaten to leave and claim there’s no reason to be doing this thing anymore. But honestly, right now you can say you’re done all you want but nobody will take those statements seriously.
These statements would hold more weight were it not for the fact that most people don’t even bother to back them up with anything. I can not tell you how many times I heard someone say “I am done with Subway I never wanna come here again” and yet I’d see them in line the very next day. I can’t tell you how many people would talk about how some other MMORPG out there is so much better than WoW yet they still pay the monthly fee and I see them log on. I can’t even begin to describe how many people say they’re done with whatever site yet within a few weeks I look over and notice that they’re still logging on, faving art and posting. And I can’t even begin to describe how many Big Brother fans say they have stopped watching the show… yet still talk about what kind of stuff is going on. If there really isn’t much of a reason to watch these shows anymore, then all your complaints are kind of void seeing as you still care enough about it to tune in every week or read up about what’s going on.
Honestly, even last night when people were saying they were jumping ship from SoFurry, I just simply sat back filing my nails going “Uh huh… I’ll see you in two days after you’ve read Toumal’s apology on this.”
Because honestly, I knew very few people actually meant it when they said “Bye bye SoFurry”. It’s the 21st century. After years of people threatening to quit their service, even if they have alternatives and a choice (Not so much for ISP - that’s different), we’ve pretty much been conditioned to think “Uh huh - see you in a few days.”
Furry logic: Site mods mess up and act unprofessional. Admin apologizes.
FurAffinity: Don’t think we won’t forget this! We’ll still be holding this over you three years into the future.
SoFurry: Oh! All is forgiven!
Seriously, there are some ridiculous double standards. Toumal is a very amicable guy and is highly approachable. But the users of SoFurry I swear act like a cult sometimes. So many times I’ve been told to abandon FA and use SF just because SoFurry is not FA.
Well it certainly isn’t - SoFurry isn’t FA. It’s not where all my friends hang out. It’s not where all the artists I know conduct business. If I used SoFurry exclusively, I’d have less stuff to view and even LESS available artists because some artists who are friens of mine only operate via FA or deviantART.
Honestly, I am not bashing Toumal - he is a very nice guy. I’ve tweeted to him with a petty question, and he responded within a few moments. (During the time when we were online - Toumal is in the UK.)
So I have been told from some things that Equestria Girls has a lot of fandom drops in it, and that makes it appeal to Bronies.
Ha$bro? I’m sorry… but Fandom Drops ≠ Appeal. Why do a lot of people like My Little Pony now? Because it’s not playing every single girlie stereotype completely straight. We like the writing.
So what are my thoughts about this fan beloved character Derpy?
Ha$bro probably realized that she can be used as a crutch to cover up their fuck-ups. Place Derpy in the movie, and the bronies will love her and say that it’s alright!
No. I’m sorry. Ha$bro, stop relying on her or the other cardboard cutout characters to hide your fuck-ups. As funny as it was, that Trixie moment was blatant fanservice.
I honestly wouldnt’ be surprised if, during the production of Equestria Girls, Ha$bro suggested “Hey let’s put derpy in… bronies are stupid. They won’t even notice that we published a first draft.”
Just because we are not tweeting about Syria does not mean that we do not care about it - or that we don’t even know what’s going on there.
Every time there is some kind of a political issue out there and some of us choose not to speak up, there is someone calling us some name that’s along the lines of “Ignorant pig”. Just because may talk about something different does not mean that we do not know about it.
Some of us choose NOT to bring this kind of stuff up because, remember the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated. We don’t bring up political issues and stuff them down peoples’ throats because we don’t like when people do it to us.
So don’t assume that just because someone is tweeting about what is happening in their lives right now is a sign that they only care about themselves - they just don’t want to depress themselves and others talking about something happening in another country that they can’t actually affect in any way.
"Hi, your site is down so go use this other site instead! We have LESS art to view and LESS users! (Most of which are VERY cliquey and will pretend you don’t exist.) We have the same forum (90% of your posts will be ignored on basis of you being a newbie BTW) and less corrupt administrators. (Our users will deny any mistakes or hasty banking’s they make.)
Honestly this is why those living billboards piss me the fuck off. Well, apart from hipster behavior, and as we all know, hipsters are that crowd of people wearing “non conformist” shirts doing the exact same shit they stand against.
I am not going to get any readers for this. :| I do not expect to even get reblogged. Instead I am just getting something off my mind. Then again I doubt I have any readers in the first place. This is just my Harriet the Spy’s diary.
So my Jr. High school was in a nice neighbourhood… but we just had a lot of kids who were one step away from reform school. And some of them loved to be complete jerks about a few things. Like say, for example? I experienced almost every white slur in the book… and some you probably have never heard of.
I have been called Honky, Cracker, variants of the word “Bleach”, White Trash, Hillbilly, Redneck, and Frosty the Snowman. on top of that, I was called terms Prince Edward, Ned Flanders, Ginger Beer, Paddy, Charles Cornswallow, Wigger, Ginger Beer, Guido, Eduardo, Nazi, Adolf, and Klansman. After I showcased something that was made by my great-grandmother who was Oneida, we can add a few others to the list: Buffalo Hunter, Spirit boy, Running Coyote, Crazy Horse, Tanto, Featherman, and one of the worst ones I heard? Timber N*gger.
My sister was called “Snow White” and “Princess Anne”. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking… WTF how are those racist or sexist? Well I knew for a fact they were not being used as compliments. “HEY PRINCE EDWARD! How’s the Caviar?” “Hey Paddy! Got a pot of Gold for me?” “Hey Snow White! Where’s your prince?”.
Meanwhile, what was a friend of my sister’s called, who was middle eastern? (Okay I think North African) Names like Towelhead, Sand N*gger, ___ Bin Laden, Saddam, Camel rider…
Words can mean different things depending on how they are intended. Like how PC gamers use “PC gaming master race” as a badge of honour but people in the console and multiplatform circles snicker because Yahtzee used “PC Gaming master race” to make fun of the more vocal and stereotypical members of the PC Community.
So what happened when we reported these to the adults? We were told to just suck it up and take it like a man or given the stock “Sticks and stones can break your bones but words will never hurt you.” Uh huh.
What happened when one of the kids said N*gger to one of the others, and he was white? The teachers practically SPAWNED right on top of him shouting “STOP RIGHT THERE CRIMINAL SCUM!” and he was sent right off to Reform School, never to be seen again. What happened when I was called a “Timber N*gger”? “Sticks and stones.”
The way I see it as an Egalitarian, there are two ways to deal with this double standard:
-Tell EVERYONE to just “Suck it up” or “sticks and stones”.
-Punish everyone equally.
Part of the reason you get offended is because you choose to let it be offensive. But why are we telling only SOME people to not be offended by things, and punishing others because it’s “not offensive”? Uh huh…
Two things you can do: Either everyone uses it because “Sticks and stones”… or nobody can use them at all. Treat EVERY form of racism and sexism equally. Not JUST racism against black people or sexism against women.
For starters, just read this article. http://www.infendo.com/washing-away-the-hardcore-away/ The poor formatting might make it a little hard to read with the random symbols placed around but it makes a lot of valid points.
So, here’s one issue that I think gaming really needs to outgrow.
I refer to it as “MENSA mentality.” This isn’t to offend MENSA at all, as there are in fact plenty of people in MENSA who are approachable and don’t use their membership as a weapon against those perceived barbarians. This is more because one notable aspect of MENSA is that htey are a society for people with high IQs. To join, you must be at or above the 98th percentile. So essentially, only the really smart geniuses are allowed in.
And where does this show up in gamers? Because so many of them love to just use games to boost their egos and whine about how “stupid” everyone else is and they don’t want those “DERTY CASH-UALS” playing their games.
Why on earth does this only seem to happen with gamers? Sure I’ve seen this mentality appear in other things, but gamers take it much further. Sure you may see people sneering at Science fiction boards or authors going “Pfaw. Morons.” at people watching a film adaptation, or some board trashing people who watch Shonen anime, but I’ve never seen them try to flat out kick out perceived “idiots” like they are somehow threatening your own status, or deliberately try and punish people and make them feel outcast because they don’t immediately know your lingo.
Do you want to know why some things became gradually accepted and common? It’s not because it was “Easier”… it’s because it was approachable. There is a big difference. The reason so many high-schoolers fear Shakespeare is because they have to read the language that can be interpreted in two or three different ways. Some of his comedies may just not be very funny because they don’t know what the heck is supposed to be so funny, or how it was funny. It’s the same for stuff like Caucher or even Boccaccio… yet if you look at some of the plots for those stories, you’d probably laugh at why they were so afraid of reading 14th century Italian porn, or a simple story of whimsy that actually isn’t unlike something that kids would have enjoyed.
The reason is because Shakespeare, Chaucer, or Boccaccio isn’t always approachable. (Well, maybe Boccaccio, depending on the translator.) They give language in a very different way than what we’re used to. It’s why some “hardcore games” didn’t appeal to a wider audience. Maybe because they gave all sorts of obstacles and they just don’t appear approachable. How many times have I seen lore nerds for some game scoff at people who play games on easy mode yet they won’t want to read Thoreau for fun? I know plenty of people who read Thoreau for fun.
It’s because they don’t view it as approachable. In fact, this is why some “noob games” catch on. Why does LoL have so many players? It’s because League of Legends is approachable. It doesn’t immediately require you to start doing all sorts of stuff. And why do not as many people get into DotA, despite so many people insisting it’s better? It’s because dotA immediately starts punishing you and comes off as less approachable. Hilariously enough, I see plenty of people who are good at DotA go onto LoL expecting to steamroll everyone because they think LoL players are all idiots.
…and proceed to spoonfeed the enemy, have their own team cussing them out, and have their intelligence insulted. I’ve seen this happen SO many times. I’ve seen people who were hot stuff on Heroes of Newerth play DotA 2 expecting to immediately stomp faces and refusing to learn half the stuff… and are howled at by the team.
Funny thing is, there are plenty of LoL players who are not retards. Just as there are people who play Team Fortress 2 who are not idiots. yes, I admit it - I hate Team Fortress 2 and think that its community is possibly the dumbest on the internet, but why does TF2 catch on so much? it’s approachable. It doesn’t toss all sorts of hidden lingo at you or require you to take an eight weeks correspondence course just to be certified to play a medic. You can just pick it up and play. Even though the players make it a little harder to approach because they start screaming and howling at you because you don’t immediately know what a person who has been playing or five years does. Do you think a book would get away with it if you’re confused, and the author goes in a huge tirade about what an idiot you are? No. It wouldn’t.
There’s a reason that authors are advised to not flood the reader with information. Or why most movies are written at a 4th grade level… because they want to be approachable. I mean, would you read this blog if I decided to type in a manner like this?
I would conceptualize that a reader might conceivably encounter an impression of tedium whilst you comprehend an uncomplicated paragraph consisting of protracted words and expressions. It would not sound as instinctive as delivering the blog in a manner that is more reminiscent of everyday speech. You may discover that you are bored half to unconsciousness by a long word. I do not bother to take the time to write my thoughts laconically. I may fill it with all sorts of words or jargon that you are not aware of. Maybe I youze some kinda spelling or phrasing dat makes it very hard ta understand, no? Der be a reason dat we don’ type like dis all da time. I may enjoy playin’ a troll in da computer game World of Warcraft but I undah-stand that speakin’ da way most people would assume a troll ta speak in be quite annoyin’ to people who not be within da know-how of I am speaking of, mon. It be quite annoyin’ to ‘dos, course if I decide to forsake grammar and make da sentences be weird, you be annoyed, mon?
I know what you’re thinking if you’re still reading… “MAKE IT STOP DIGI!!! MAKE IT STOP!!” Well, yeah, like that. Does it make me feel approachable, if I am saying something that you agree with, but am doing so in a way that you just have no idea what I’m saying? It might… it might not. But chances are, it’s the latter.
That’s why games catch on. Because think of it this way… two guys are equally friendly. But which one are you more likely to want to hang out with? The one who likes everything you do, is always there for you, and is polite? Or the guy who likes everything you do, is always there for you, but comes off as INCREDIBLY snooty? Chances are… the former. That’s approachability.
In fact, that’s one thing Shadowrun Returns does right. It doesn’t instantly toss a HUGE tutorial at you the size of a textbook… it actually presents everything in almost one screen and in small bits. It tells you what your primary stat you should be focusing on depending on what class you are, and what every stat does. It doesn’t give you a HUGE brick of text. See, that’s how you do it. It may have a lot of depth, but it shows that depth to you instead of saying “oh there’s depth. Go find it yourself, retard.” This is why I remember some people hating Minecraft… because they weren’t told everything they needed to know, and when they asked, were told “Figure it out yourself retard”. It happens every time someone asks for help on an MMORPG quest… because players would always be given some variant of “Read the fucking quest” or “figure it out yourself, retard”. This made asking players seem very unapproachable… likewise, mods that tell you where to head never told you you are an idiot because you don’t immediately divine it.
Worthless fact… when I played WoW on my troll priest in early 2005… I figured out where Mankrik’s Wife was. He said “Side of the road” so I looked alongside the roads for something like a house, and sure enough, I found his wife’s dead body there. But I knew that not everyone figured it out, based upon how many people were asking where Mankrik’s Wife was, so I just politely told them “Look for a building”.
Of course, now that we have stuff like the quest tracker… players just whine that Blizzard thinks they are fucking morons and can’t figure it out themselves. Well, I’ve said it before, but gamers as a demographic need to just grow the fuck up. It’s basically them crying to their parents because some big kid at the park called them “stupid” or a mean name. (Don’t lie… you saw this growing up.) And when they aren’t crying because they thought someone said a Bozo no-no word to them, they’re acting like crotchety seniors going “IN MY DAY WE WALKED UPHILL BOTH WAYS TO SCHOOL AND WE LIKED IT”. Just shut up. You didn’t. If you did, we would still be doing it because nobody would have thought to change it.
Just grow a skin. I’m not as offended by a game telling me where to go and showing it on the map. I would much rather that they do that than just say “Figure it out yourself. Especially if we gave very vague directions”. I hated looking up stuff on GameFAQs and they would just say “READ THE MANUAL! I AM NOT COPYING DOWN A CODE!” or “Check for a map that came with your game.” Some of us don’t HAVE the manual - that’s why we asked you, genius.
So once again, the point is gamers, grow up. Quit expecting this to be some kind of little elitist little club with a strict “No girls allowed”. Nobody likes an insufferable genius who waves their high IQ around as a weapon and claims to only hang around people who intellectually stimulate them. You knew someone like that… they usually wound up lonely, because s/he pushed everyone away. Well gamers, don’t push people away… welcome them in.
You weren’t pushed away from watching TV by the older generations. You weren’t pushed away from music by rabid Opera and classical music fans. You weren’t pushed away from reading by ultra-hardcore fans. don’t push people away. Invite them in. Be approachable - and likewise make games approachable. You can have depth and be approachable…