18 June 2013

I Play For Fun?

Although this is not really role-playing game related, it is pretty good if you're into video games, especially competitive video games.

It's titled "I Play For Fun- The Four Dumbest Words in Video Games," and if you've never encountered somebody who insists that they are not poor players, they are "just playing for fun," then I envy you.

From the article:
Some pursue their goals more passionately than others. Thus, “I play for fun” was born, and we were all dumber for hearing it. It’s an excuse that would never be tolerated in any other form of recreation and only gets a free pass because “it’s video gamez lol why are you takign this so seriously??” So, allow me to be blunt here: If “I play for fun” is one of your talking points, you really, really need to shut the fuck up. And yeah, that may sound a little bit crass, but I’m not pulling punches on this one. The phrase needs to go.

And from a little later on:
Most people who use the moniker “I play for fun” describe themselves as playing the games casually. They don’t give much thought to the development process and don’t quite care about being the best video game player who ever lived. That would be okay, if not for one important consideration: There has to be a reason that you announce this to your peers and contemporaries. You don’t hear people say they read books for fun or watch films for fun or play sports for fun. Maybe they play sports “for the exercise”, but not “for fun”.

Good reading for anybody who's ever encountered anybody who refuses to admit the truth- that everybody is playing for fun.

Just for your information: There's nothing wrong with being bad at things or being ignorant. There is something wrong with refusing to admit (or correct) being bad or being ignorant, though.

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