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Started by Sean, October 18, 2005, 11:15:50 PM
QuoteFirst: if what you get out of roleplaying is a) the accomplishment you get from rising to the challenge, not letting yourself or your friends down, learning the rules and just frickin' owning them, or else b) the satisfaction of peer-appreciated wish-fulfillment, you're off the hook. None of what I say applies to you, you're happy.from http://www.lumpley.com/hardcore.html#6
Quote from: lumpley on November 06, 2002, 10:49:37 AMWhen the gang of us watched Trekkies, there were bits where I had to leave the room. I've never hated a movie quite like I hate Election. But American Movie and Fast, Cheap & Out of Control are two of my faves. Being a geek is complicated for me, there're these like self-image and self-worth problems I have with my geekiness. Trekkies was generally sympathetic to its geeks, but not always. Election had total contempt for its geek. American Movie treated its geeks with sympathy and humanity, and Fast, Cheap & Out of Control even admired them.Killing puppies = being a geek. It gives you power in your own marginal circle, but alienates you from actual society. I think that many of us have to balance that in our lives, I know I do all the time. Most games offer wish fulfillment -- in fantasy I'm powerful! I'm rich! I'm sexy! I'm immortal! they fear me now! -- which is appealing, but not that good for me, right? Puppies is more like American Movie, genuinely sympathetic to me and my problematic geeky life.
Quote from: Sean on October 19, 2005, 01:21:46 PMWhat I'm less clear about is why it's a Simulationist tendency, but I don't know how to make much progress with that discussion. I mean, if you don't have a lot of money or power in life, like when you're a kid, gamist play can be a kind of wish-fulfillment if your character lives and you play better than your friends, and you wind up with this real powerful imaginary dude. That's a reward.