Monday, August 17, 2009

Kung-Fu Wisdom Applied To Gaming (Or, Ryan Learns the True Meaning of Christmas)

Tonight I was at training, and at the end of the evening, sifu had a little chat with us. When I got home, I realized that some of it could also be applied to gaming, and, particularly, blogging about gaming.

There are many different games out there. Each one is different, though all share the same basic concept. You play the game you want to play because you believe it is the best. If you thought there was a better game, you'd be playing that instead, wouldn't you?

So, if your game is really the best, why do people play other games? Because those games give those players what they want. My game has levels, and some don't. Some people aren't interested in games with levels. Some people want to play games where a characters life goals and desires have a mechanical impact on game play, and some don't.

Sometimes, when you advertise or promote something you are passionate about, people who play other games can get their feathers ruffled. Not always, but sometimes they do... some people want to prove that their game is somehow better. We don't need to do that. We don't need to visit the forums of every other game and tell them "hey, my game is better."

But don't get me wrong, never apologize or excuse yourself for what you are passionate about and what you believe in. If you like systems with SDC, if that gives you what you want, never apologize for it. You play what you believe to be the best, and you should never be shy about saying it. Does that mean you have to build your game up by ripping other games down? No. The best way to demonstrate what you believe is to just keep doing what works for you.

Also, remember that you don't just have to play one game. If you take different things from different systems, play as many as you have the time and energy for.

Obviously, in the original context, these words were talking about martial arts styles, and none of this is new advice 'round these parts, but for some reason it struck a chord with me tonight, and I thought I'd share it.

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