Some of the bile I'm seeing directed towards Waazraath is a bit uncalled for.
There are only so many times one can encounter the same wrong point, and after explaining why it is wrong you're told "nuh-uh!
", before you snap and shout just shut the fuck up!
The more you make the same, unpaid, fake-polite performance to different folks mindlessly spitting piss everywhere, the harder your eventual blow-up will be.
And that's ignoring the dozens to hundreds of times you see that same garbage mantra repeated where you either can't reply or CBF registering and logging in just to tell them why they're idiots (where the only result is you made into a public pillory and/or banned for being "disruptive"
). That shit piles up; you HAVE to either resort to many layers of self-justifying mental defense mechanisms ("Oh they're just morons I shouldn't care what they say!" "What do they know!?" "My dick's bigger than theirs."), or just shout them the fuck down and feel all better, instead of harboring the resentment from not wanting others to feel the momentary bee-sting of your GFY.
Every time I see someone bitching about optimizers, powergamers, twinks, munchkins, etc. I have to wonder if they feel the same about, say, plumbers or mechanics spending time to hone their craft instead of learning how to sew or bake. Do they complain about doctors going to med school instead of getting an english major? Do they whine and cry when someone refuses to use a screwdriver to hammer in nails? Do they want the chef to do jumping jacks over their stew, or their banker to light his hair on fire every payday?
It is only
gamers (tabletop or controller) who are this god damn sensitive about others being good at what they do! Don't they realize nature rewards specialization over generalization? If this were World of Darkness, I'd swear each and every single troleplayer
has the Envy vice. And that, I believe, is the root of the issue. They feel entitled
to be casual about their gaming and still be as good as those who play to be good (and pull auto-fellating bullshit out their ass like "well I'M having fun and THEY'RE NOT!!!") and when they aren't, they piss and moan and try to flip the chessboard over so no one can win.So fucking what
if some people are better than you? Everyone
is one-upped by someone else! If you happen to be playing with one, step it the fuck up!
Quit crying like a little bitch at your DM to punish the kid who turns in his exam before everybody else! Where in the holy fuck do people get this assburger idea that we must
hammer down the tallest nail?
Every one of them likes to sob about others lording themselves over themselves. That's all in your head, fella. And if he really IS a prick, break his nose! And besides, how many of these pricks actually exist? Or are troleplayers vastly inflating these numbers to try and make it seem like a much bigger problem than it really is, if even the problem exists at all. It's no different than people bitching about "black metal elitists" without ever citing one, single, actual example
-- and if they can find any, the real case is that guy is fed up and responding with, "God damn it quit shitting on me just because I don't listen to lady gaga! You think what I like sucks, I think what you like sucks, suck it up and leave me alone!
The one final point that troleplayers never consider is... how is it affecting them at all? Are there TO hit-squads kicking in their doors and shouting "PLAY OUR WAY OR DIE, FUCKERS!!" It might bother you that you're not "l33t", but instead of dealing with it, they crawl out of the woodwork and spew their anti-intellectual ideology that those who like to play with numbers, strategize, and get a thrill from rolling the dice are somehow horrible, rotten individuals.
Some people, for some reason, don't like bumbling around and throwing fireballs at fire giants. Fancy that. Some people like 3 over 1, or 25 over 17, or 9001 over 500. Wow, we better crucify this evil, blasphemous number-cruncher immediately. How DARE he not indulge in pretending to be an elf full of angst and mary-sue like a real roleplayer!?
No, I'm not saying that optimizers > non-optimizers. I'm just responding to the made-up resentment of non-optimizers who communally beat on the strawman of the optimizer who believes his dick is bigger than theirs. Yeah he might get boastful in his little corner, but so what? Why isn't he allowed to be pleased with himself for succeeding where he worked to be successful?
If it bothers you so much, pull your nose out of his corner and stick it back in yours
. Jesus titty cinnamon are people retarded.
Gamers aren't the only ones with this attitude -- but as mentioned above they seem to be the most violently vocal about it -- and it is Really. Fucking. Grating. To hear this shit over and over and fucking over, no matter where I fucking go they shove it in my face that trying to strategize and optimize (whether they're discussing games, a healthy diet, or even careers) is BAD
. It's like they believe in equality so hard that anyone who is an inch taller or shorter than some arbitrary measurement need be executed.
I wish we lived in a time when, instead of the vast majority jealously tearing down anyone who stands rather than sits, people were allowed to be awesome. Isn't that the kind of person we're supposed to admire, to look up to, to make heroes out of? Is Lovecraft a bastard because his writing makes 90% of writers' balls shrivel? Is Michelangelo evil because of painting the Sistine Chapel so masterfully? Is that corporate CEO who was born in the ghetto but stayed in school and worked his way up the corporate ladder and is now making more money in a day than most of us do in a year deserving of scorn?
Y'know, maybe this mass refusal to celebrate success rather than apathetic failure and laziness is a huge factor in many, many of our problems as a society.