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The AV Club's missed opportunity

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Okay, I clicked open the Onion's sister site, A.V. Club. It's a good op-ed site on movie reviews, music, and pop culture. I spotted an article on the 20 things that are nerdier than Monty Python.

I read over the list and saw some hallmark nerd cachetisms, your Star Trek, LARP's, Role Playing, even Frank Zappa (what? no Grateful Dead?), but no where on that list is video games.

I'm sure we're all glad in some respect that video games don't make their point to be on that list, but there is a strong stigma against video games that should've been touched on LOOOOONG before Frank Zappa needed to end up on the list.

And I'm not talking about the stigma against anyone group of gamers. You can easily reference a half dozen strong examples of gamers who take it a few steps beyond reality.

The closest this list touches on video games is WOW, which is an easily cite-able example.

What about console fanboys? Vehement deniers of fun? They prey upon the weak willed with NPC sales figures, a loose understanding of computer functions, and buzzwords aplenty to rally people to their cause.

What about retro geeks? I count myself in this group, to be sure. We're stuck in our past, rebuying old games, playing emulated versions of ones we can't rebuy, making various tools and fashion accessories out of our old discarded controllers.

What about Madden fanatics? Is there anything more sad that participating in a corporately sponsored "tailgate" party at midnight outside a video game store? All you're buying is an updated roster, a handful of visual tweaks, and a new "cursed" player on the cover. Maddens generally don't change all that much from year to year, guys. Sad thing is that most of these same points get dragged out again year after year, and make the news. A national day off for a football video game? Ugh, no thanks. When they make the day after the Super Bowl a real day off we can start looking at one for a fucking warmed over rehash video game.

What about Halo fanboys? There are people who eat sleep and breath Halo as much as WoW. I mean, we're what... 4 years past Halo 2 and people only put it down late last year?
The last game I played for 3 years straight was, oh... nothing. I fear getting on the ranked games because it's full of snorts, racist comments, and kids shouting "n00b!" before their damn balls drop. You know what? Lump all those people who still play the original CS in there as well. WTF? It's a game, not actual anti-terrorist training...

J-RPG's? People who splurge thousands of hard earned dollars to buy every goddamn thing that's branded with FFVII? I drank that Potion flavored soft drink. I'd rather have it poured in my eyes than drink it again. Or buying every soundtrack remix ever thought up by Square. I enjoy a good J-RPG about once every 3-4 years, but people get nomadic about these games and they've always got one they play. If I breathe the words "Kingdom" without saying that OTHER word, I'd risk death if I said anything negative about it despite the fact that I can't get into it at all, and do not understand the fanaticism that follows it.

And to tie in another of their list choices, Wikipedia, I guess the AV Club has completely spaced GameFAQs. Though GameFAQ's has undoubtedly saved me from spending a single dime on buying anything from BradyGames or any game guide that Nintendo didn't mail me with my Nintendo Power subscription. People are nuts on GameFAQ's. Like 4chan bad sometimes. It'd be no shock to start seeing "Type sauce/sage with your elbow" posts on GameFAQs. When new games come out, there's this suspension of disbelief that people sometimes are able to get advance copies, and demands of photographic proof are thrown up left and right. Any pictures of discs and receipts are immediately questioned as photoshopped trickery. And no one ever owns a decent camera.

I guess this ended up with a touch of a personal rant in there, but the AV club missed an opportunity to rip us a new one and point out some, what I feel are, obvious issues with gaming as a subculture. We may have mass acceptance, and may not be looked upon with as much scorn as we were when we all had "video fever" back in the 80's, but there's still a lot of strange deviations in the gaming culture that are open wounds and targets for ridicule.

Don't get me wrong, let your freak flag fly if you're into any of these things, I know I do, but for pete's sake, if someone else ain't on your side, leave 'em alone.
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About BluDesignone of us since 11:49 AM on 11.10.2006



I own a FamPuter, which is a 100% fake Famicom. And I do own Super Mario Bros. and Rockman 2 for it, which you don't. :P



I'm a 34 year old gamer. I cannot hang out with most of you, and you should not contact me to buy you cheap wine or cigarettes. I do not like jail. Seriously, I own all three consoles and I don't discriminate. Gaming is for fun, not for sissy slapfights. If you consider yourself partial to a particular console, I don't care why you don't own other consoles, I don't want to hear about it. If you're going to bitch about something, you'd better bring some hard evidence of why you're complaining if you want to cry on my shoulder.

Enjoy this wonderful picture of 2 generations coming together at last...



PS - I eat trolls.

PPS - I've been to Japan. Maybe you've heard about it? If not, read up here:

Part 1: Introductions
Part 2: Yamagata's Hanagasa Festival
Part 3: Harajuku Girls and the lack thereof
Part 4: You're not in Kansas anymore, Niero (TGS07)
Part 5: Fresh from the farm to your mouth
Part 6: Going to Japan is hard
Part 7: 30 days takes forever
Part 8: Rape, Rocks, and Alliteration
Part 9: Small Town Nightlife
Part 10: Bling Bling, Hundred Thousand Yen Bill Ya'll
Part 10 Part 2: Mount Yamadera
Part 11: The Japanese Wal-Mart
Part 12: Goin' Down to Tokyo Town
Part 13: Ghiblit Gravy
Part 14: Air Sex
Part 15: Ganguros of New Tokyo
Part 16: The Contest Announcement
Part 17: The Contest
Part 18: The Trip Itinerary
Part 19: Tokyo Day 2
Part 20: Tokyo Day 2 Part 2 (of 2)
Part 21 is no longer there, but it wasn't all that great anyway, so you're not missing out.
Part 22: Happy Picture Montage Time!
Part 23: I have arrived.
Part 24: I have returned.
Part 25: The Case for the American Cheeseburger
Part 26: Random pictures are random
Part 27: A Free Gift for Those Who've Been Paying Attention
Part 28: Nintendo, no seriously, NINTENDO
Part 29: Racists in Japan, Discriminating against the handicapped
Special Report from Cheapy D at CAG
Part 30: The Secret Truth About Japan
Part 31: Oz-Matsuri
Part 32: The Japanese Don't Have Antiperspirant Deodorant

Part 33: There's this Disney character named Stitch in Japan...
Part 34: Trainspotting: Live From Kyoto
Part 35: Kyoto for Beginners
Part 36: Kyoto Smash: Advance Lesson in Fun Time
Part 37: Some Japanese people are alcoholics
Part 38: Hardcore Otaku know where the real action is
Part 40: My attempt at getting the Oscar for Best Japanese Picture
Part 41: What heaven is like.
Part 42: I sneak into a movie studio to pitch my movie
Part 41: What heaven is like.
Part 43: My film idea is shot down in favor of yet another Power Rangers TV show
Part 44: Excessive Male Nudity in Japan
Part 45: The Japanese grocery store has no deli counter
Part 46: How the Japanese language is worked into Japan's society
Part 47: Izukayas and you: How the Japanese drink in public
Part 48: All you really need to know about the Tokyo Auto Show
Part 49: Gyudon Rocks.
Part 50: Tendo is the coolest place in all of Japan
Part 51: I really did poop immediately after that shot
Part 52: A Beginner's Guide to Tokyo Disney Sea
Part 53: There is no comparison. Cheeseburgers win.
Part 55: You've never had Tonkatsu, so you wouldn't understand
Part 56: Japanese iTunes for the Mac addict
Part 57: The other kind of Curry
Part 58: Popular Pop and "Lock" music in Japan
Part 59: I sing like how cats have sex
Part 60: The Iron Penis Festival
Part 61: A sad bit about racism in Japan
Part 9001: Electro Lemon's whirlwind visit to Tokyo
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