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Wednesday, 23rd June, 2010, 04:45 PM #191
The Grand Druid (Lvl 20)
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Wednesday, 23rd June, 2010, 04:45 PM #192
Wednesday, 23rd June, 2010, 04:53 PM #193
The Great Druid (Lvl 17)
Wednesday, 23rd June, 2010, 04:55 PM #194
Myrmidon (Lvl 10)
Wednesday, 23rd June, 2010, 05:00 PM #195
This doesn't include the toxicity of "Former Comic Book Guy" who also exists on message board forums, and I don't know what the cure for that is.
Wednesday, 23rd June, 2010, 05:11 PM #196
Superhero (Lvl 15)
Now, all this sort of stuff can originate from WotC, but also requires a connection outside the company - a connection harder to create, if the outside world thinks that the RPG populace can be more trouble than they are worth as a fanbase.
I don't honestly know if it is truly enough of an issue to get in the way of things like this. But if it does have the potential to cause a problem, then... sure, of course we should care! Our hobby could have more cool stuff - I like cool stuff!
More than that, in recent years, fantasy and sci-fi elements have become more mainstream. The popularity of epic movies like Lord of the Rings and Avatar, and books like Harry Potter, has presented an opportunity for the hobby to also expand and make connections outside of its own home base. There is a good opportunity here for the RPG base to expand, and related interests seeing the popularity of such things might consider trying to connect to hobbies like this in order to reap the benefits themselves.
If a small subset of the gaming crowd drives them away, it is a lost opportunity for everyone - for the gamers, for the industry as a whole, and for the outsiders that might have found a connection and gotten drawn into RPGs themselves.
Wednesday, 23rd June, 2010, 05:12 PM #197
Myrmidon (Lvl 10)
Wednesday, 23rd June, 2010, 05:17 PM #198
Lama (Lvl 13)
But gamer/geek/nerd culture is reluctant and slow to police its own by its very nature. It's heavily built around acceptance or at least tolerance of eccentricity, even obnoxiousness in favor of the comfort provided by even slim common ground.
If I understand correctly the article from the OP is only decrying the damage CBG does while he's around, and lamenting that the "silent majority" isn't more assertive. Or something like that.
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Wednesday, 23rd June, 2010, 05:18 PM #199
Magsman (Lvl 14)
I don't have much to say on this topic that I didn't say yesterday, but upon reflection I'd like to apologize to eyebeams. I completely disagree with a lot of his conclusions, but that doesn't make him stupid, and it was lame of me to kick off my contribution to this discussion by calling him an idiot.
So, sorry about that, Malcolm.
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Wednesday, 23rd June, 2010, 05:21 PM #200
Superhero (Lvl 15)
I think there have been improvements in some areas, in the form of better standards for behavior at cons and such, and places online like Enworld where the mods actively work to make it a welcoming environment.
But I think the real answer - and the one being proposed in the article - is to just make the heart of the gaming community more visible. Because the bulk of the community isn't the handful of jerks who draw attention - they just make themselves more obvious. Enough positive feedback can overcome the perception they offer.
In practice, I don't know precisely how one would work to go about such things, on an industry wide level. On a personal level, I think it just means paying attention to what you say and how you say it, and try to focus on the elements that matter. When something comes along like the article on D&D Encounters, regardless of what edition you prefer, offer comments welcoming newcomers and emphasizing the best parts of the hobby, rather than drag things down into petty rivalries that will only drive away the outside world.