Thursday, August 18, 2011
Blogger Makes You Stupid
I have no interest in insulting people or making them feel bad. That last post did just that. It's a half-baked rant that belongs in the car when driving to Taco Bell for 2am burritos. I didn't think of how it could be interpreted by a wider audience. It is a raw emotional response to real life events and needed some editorial review.
The core of the arguement - that RPGs can cause players and GMs to stick with problems and solutions that are easily presentable within the rules structure of the system is, I think, quite valid. Thinking outside of systems is something I'm very interested in. However, it's wrapped in a rant that makes some people feel as if I am attacking them.
If you are some psychopath running around killing or hurting people, then yes, I do want you to feel bad. But if you are playing an RPG? Sheesh. No - that's cool. Really cool. Play and enjoy.
I will continue to rant about whatever gaming system has pissed me off at the moment. But note - I'm bitching about words on paper. My intention is not to belittle the actual players themselves. Or the game designers. Both my son and I play 4e. There is a lot I like about it. There is a lot that frustrates me. I have handed WOTC more money that I can comfortably admit.
Some have suggested changing the title of that last post to something less incendiary, or just deleting the post. I'm not convinced. I'm thinking it should stay to remind me not to do that again.
And no, I didn't come up with the title to get hits. It's just the first thing that came to mind. I have a wonderful base of readers already, and I would much prefer people coming to this blog for positive, life affirming reasons than to jump into a fist fight. I'll try harder next time.
Thanks for reading.
PS - I don't really think that Blogger makes you stupid either. It just helps to expose it. An that 'you' right there in the title is 'me,' not you.