An interesting article on the nature of gaming and gamers

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An interesting article on the nature of gaming and gamers

Postby me_in_japan on Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:13 am

This is actually, properly a good article. On Bols. No, seriously - it's totally worth reading. No major revelations, mind, but well put and entertaining. ... tyles.html
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Re: An interesting article on the nature of gaming and gamer

Postby kojibear on Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:51 pm

It was worth the time to read. Thanks for the link MiJ. :)
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Re: An interesting article on the nature of gaming and gamer

Postby The Other Dave on Tue Apr 28, 2015 2:35 pm

Long, but good.

I've felt for quite a long time that the way we talk about the hobby - like, even just using the words "the hobby" - is almost guaranteed to lead to the kinds of troubles the article talks about. That definite article is a powerful thing! In actuality, there isn't one "the" hobby, by any stretch of the imagination, but the way we talk about it makes it easy to think there's just one "right" way to do it - and thanks to the huge umbrella that "the hobby" covers, that includes playstyles, approaches to painting, everything. And that definite article means it's pretty easy to think that the way you "do the hobby," since you're having fun doing it, is "the" way. Then you get into fights on internet message boards about how other people are "doing it wrong." :lol:

It's a very silly, and very powerful, definite article.
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Re: An interesting article on the nature of gaming and gamer

Postby Konrad on Fri May 15, 2015 6:19 am

Thanks! Good read that. Different strokes for different folks. My hankie reads "Creative/Narrative" by the way.
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Re: An interesting article on the nature of gaming and gamer

Postby ashmie on Sat May 16, 2015 2:25 pm

Very good article. I can definitely relate with Arya and am certain games have caused me panic in the past. Not these days of course but way back when. The biggest trouble I always had was being accused of being too feminine in my gameplay and not manly enough. Is femininity such a taboo? I guess it's a hobby which is largely boys and their toys, but in my mind the last thing I should be worried about when playing with plastic soldiers is appearing 'girly'. I have given big events a miss in the past though as I've felt them to be intimidating. Especially if you're a noob. Entering a room full of unfamilar gamers is bloody intimidating let's be honest.
Lots to think about. The roleplay community always have social contracts for what sort of rpg it should be. Hack n slash, strategy with minis on a map or theatre of the mind.
On the topic of subculture and sex seeing as this article mixes this with gaming? The SM world also relies on social contracts before play just so that no one gets abused or violated.
Board games are genuinely unpopular with non competitive people. In my view, painting and collecting the army is the jelly. Getting the army on the table is just the iceing on the cake. Anything that happens beyond that is at the will of the dice gods and depends on play style.

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Yep social contracts, verbally agreed before the game are a great improvement to what kind of day you will have. Good one.
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