Three Color Minimum and SinSynn's Nova Rant) bemoaning the fact of people calling each other cheaters and such in tournament settings. Apparently this year, several notable cases have come up with "big name celebrities" supposedly cheating in tournaments.
I have to agree that it paints a bad picture of the greater community. Basically, it makes 40k gamers appear to be a bunch of jerks. We are either cheating to win or being jerks by calling others out as supposed cheaters. Really.... It's like people lumping perfectly decent, church going folk with crazy, fundamentalists that protest soldier funerals. It's a really bad generalization, but it happens nonetheless.
So, what do people get so up in arms, especially about things they aren't even participating in (as mentioned in the above articles)?
I think there are a couple of reasons. Perhaps you will agree with me on them.
1) People are overly defensive of their little plastic dolls. I mean seriously, we spend copious amounts of money on these little lumps of plastic, transfer facets of our personalities into them, and use them to prove that we are superior to an opponent. Let's face it, none one wants to be have their "baby" bashed across the table, but it happens.
3) People like to stir up trouble. This is a sad but true reality of life, not just 40k. There are just some sad, d-bag people out there. They stir up trouble for the pleasure of seeing people go at it. Stupid.
I could go on and analyze a plethora of other reasons people go crazy over perceived wrongs, but let's face it, they don't help anyone. Even further, it doesn't help for people not involved in any way, shape, form, or fashion to make a big deal either. Honestly, in a game, the only people who have any real right to take up issue are the players and hopefully, they will act like adults (or mature teenagers) and deal with it respectfully and honestly.
In closing, I know I would better spend my time wishing for world peace, but could we have some courtesy in games and out of them? I mean, come on.
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