I’m Old School
How old am I? I saw Star Wars in the theatres… in 1977. I voted for Mondale. My graduating class theme song was Don’t You Forget About Me. I wore a members only jacket without irony. I remember when the Players Manual for D&D came out. I remember when Steve Jackson left Metagaming to form his own company. I remember when this cool new game hit the arcades… Centipede. I’z OLD!
We’re all here because we love games. It’s fun to talk about games with other gamers. It’s fun to debate games and game platforms. Who would win a fight between Chell and Faith? Which Pokémon would last longest in the Fallout wasteland? Who has the best online service? Debates are fun and they give us an opportunity to geek out and indulge in a little friendly sparring. Talking about strategies and tactics is a great way to kill some time when you can’t be actually playing. But, when you take it to the extreme, you suck the life right out of it. Yep, to paraphrase Iverson, we’re talking about fanboys.
I put up my original post as a reaction to seeing the phrase ‘PC gaming master race’ one too many times. To some extent, railing against the fanboys is like battling the tide – you’re never going to get anywhere. And let’s face it, this site runs on page views, so a good debate is butter. But that phase is particularly obnoxious because it is a loaded term. When you talk about a ‘master race’, YOU are bringing up Nazis. Try looking at the Wikipedia article on master race. I know, I know, Wikipedia… But seriously, do you really want to identify with “a concept in Nazi ideology”? If you’re trying to be funny, sorry, that is not funny. If you want to bring more gamers to our platform, pick a different poster boy.
So this is where I have to bring up some of the comments on my original post, who warn about Godwin’s law (roughly put; comparing your debate opponent to a Nazi). I asked the rhetorical question “Name two groups who talk about the master race?” My point was not to compare PC fans to Nazis, my goal was to emphasize how loaded the term is. There literally are only two groups who use this term. When Rush Limbaugh calls feminists ‘Feminazis’, that is pure slander. Feminism has nothing to do with Nazi thinking. When you talk about yourself as part of a ‘master race’, you are comparing yourself to the Nazis.
This whole discussion is a good example of why the phrase sucks. I would rather spend my time on Destructoid making plans for PAX meetups, checking FNF plans, and debating PC specs. If you want to debate PC vs. console, talk about Steam sales. Talk about mods. Talk about Humble Bundles. Talk about Hawken. Talk about the cool stuff. Protip: Nazis are not cool.
Put differently, my original post could have read like this: “Stop talking about the master race, you’re making us all look bad.” STFUAJPG