Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Doom! Doom! Doom!

GW profits up, Income Down! GW move to resin!  PP giveaways! FanBois have collective stroke!

Its been a busy month both in the gaming world and in my own life...work has been hammer and tongs but I am just grateful that I have a job at all at this point.

I have had many ideas for the blog, content-wise, but was alwasy too tired/busy to put fingers to keys and actually get stuff written. 

When I end up in this situation I usually keep a kind of running notebook, using scribefire and evernote, heres what I had for the last month, as a kind of glimpse inside the mind of a blogger. 

I usally take notes in a question and answer style.   If I cannot form an answer that is more than 1 sentence, I know theres no meat on that bone.  This is a trick I learned when writing scripts in my younger days, if your motivation for a character is easily summed up in one word or phrase, you probably dont have a character with a story worth telling.

The usual rant-topics all fizzled due to my own sarcasm beating me:

Q:Fanbois:Why cant they see the trees and only ever see their own bush?

A:Because they are 14-17 and have not developed a fully cogent view of the world yet. And they suck.(no meat, easy answer)

Q:Why do the so viciously attack that which is different,

A:Because they are 14-17 and have not developed a fully cogent view of the world yet. And they still suck.(no meat, easy answer)

Q:Gaming Funk

A:What motivates you/me to game?  Social aspects, competitive aspects, the hobby side, the gaming side, why do we sometimes just step back and let things lie fallow for months.(see there's meat on this bone, as the answer raises more questions!)

Q:New gamers?  where do they come from? if there was no GW then where ?  What will we do on a high street sans GW?

A: No Fucking Idea! (MEATY)

VAGINAS  (I have no idea why I wrote this! But its likely that I was referring in my own way to misogyny in the hobby)

Q:Are Hobby *hubs* stifling voices of dissent or differing opinion?

A:Looking Beasts Of War, it was a great place with good content, but is increasingly feeling like an in-crowd in the comments , is this universal(other sites like pharyngula, joystiq, IGN etc)

Q:http://www.belloflostsouls.net/2011/04/40k-deep-thought-place-of-sororitas.html  fucking sexist homophobic wankers, arguing with a bunch of self righteous reactionary wankers.

A:This put me off gaming altogether to be honest, and the following was my belated comment on Dick Move, but 1st a disclaimer, the following is not "hobby" related, so I apologise upfront.



I have always had the rule that a hobby or niche blog should stay the fuck out of Politics.  No one wants to read political opinion when they are eating their cinnamon grahams in front of the PC,  I especially dislike opinions being foisted as fact.  But theres Politics, then there are politics.  The former being opinions on how the economy should be run, how we should support those less fortunate etc.  The latter concerns gender and sexual equality, and the people who would opress those of differing gender or sexual bias, they usually resort to arguments like "natural order", "gods law" and "their rightful place", none of these arguments hold scientific water and are based on cultural and religious bias.  In other words, fuck homophobia, fuck racism and fuck sexism.  I dont like cherry cola, so I dont drink it. I'll be fucked if someone decides that I should only drink Dr Pepper because it happens to be their preference, and any preference for any other soft drink should be banned or outlawed because they fucking say so.  Get fucked.

"TBH the homophobia, mysogyny, and elitist cliques on the interwebz and at my local gaming group have just put me off the whole sorry affair, blogging, gaming, the lot. The “HAWHAW AHM RIGHT AND YOU FAGGOTS ARE JUST UNNATURAL” attitude will never be changed, the “WIMMIN ARE OBJECTS” attitude just reinforces the general “hate” attitude, and any dissenting voice, whether self righteous or not, gets shouted down by the yeehaw brigade. Imagine your 14, the impression from comments on BoLS and elsewhere would surely be not being christian, not being straight, and not being white mean you have no rights to marriage, jobs, education or toy soldiers, or indeed life in some peoples minds.

Is this where we want our *hobby* to be? It’s bad enough the stupid, the intolerant and the downright ignorant are seeping into schools, government and healthcare, now they are after our bloody toy soldiers.

Tolerance doesnt mean you have to like, support or encourage something, just stay-the-fuck out of it, and get on with your own life.

Stupidity on its own isnt evil, but forcing people who really fucking do know better than you to obey your rules because you shout louder is. (looking at you anti-vaxxers, truthers, birthers, and holocaust deniers)

And lastly, being ignorant is a thing that be changed, we were all ignorant of how a mech list worked once, why not learn about the way your neighbour lives instead of hating him for a flimsy, arbritary reason?

A lot of folk in the UK do not believe in the literal truth of bronze age mysticism, but we would never hate someone who did. It seems however that the same is not true in reverse. “live and let live”, fuck, no way, my opinion is more important than yours so fuck off out of MAH hobby, and off o MAH special planet.

Fuck the lot of em."