Thursday, March 14, 2019
I wonder what it is that makes role-players so earnestly proud of their contempt about everything.
Apart from Slick S.'s completely accurate statement, and my steadfast concurrence with the "want" stated, I wonder if he remotely grasps the shit that is presently being taught as a course in university.
Temple University is offering, "UFOs in American Society," analyzing reactions of American society to aliens and UFOs.
Columbia College in Chicago is offering, "Zombies in Popular Media," the undead creatures from books, movies and television.
John Hopkins University is offering, "Mail Order Brides: Understanding the Philippines," discussing the stereotyping and misconceptions about Filipino women.
The University of Wisconsin is offering, "Elvish," the complete language from the Lord of the Rings.
The University of California at Berkeley is offering, "The Strategy of StarCraft," providing an understanding of the online game, the world of eSports and transferring StarCraft skills to the world of business.
These are taken from this list, which includes 15 more.
So, yeah. Having an aspiration for D&D to be taught as a university course is somewhat parallel to hoping one day I'll order a hamburger from MacDonalds and be asked if I want fries with it.
So what is it? What is it that makes table-top role-players so damn anxious to be so damn purposefully ignorant about everything in the world?
I've been puzzling over this a few days now, every since my youtube feed decided out of the blue that I absolutely had to see every "worldbuilding" video ever made by an RPG dude. Like this one from PhD20. Or this one from Drop Dice. Or this one from Captain Gothnog. Or this one from Stoneworks World Building. Or this one from Sherlock Hulmes. There are others.
Occasionally, I'm working on something fairly repetitive that requires a certain level of attention, one where I have to be accurate, but I don't have to be invested. During these times, there is a certain kind of media I can have running in the background, like music. Or a movie I've seen often enough that I don't have to look at the screen, at all. Or something that just doesn't matter. Occasionally, I'll just run shit about D&D because, well, I like D&D.
These videos, however, aren't just bad. Most self-created D&D videos on youtube are bad. These videos take it a step farther, however, in that they seem to be deliberately bad. They all blather on about making a "world," but it is overwhelmingly clear that none of them have done a moment's research in all of their existence on the topic. It is painfully clear that they have thought, "Hey, my channel needs another video this week ... why don't I pull a video about how to create a believable milieu for human beings right ... out ... of ... my ... ass?"
I find it hard to believe there are really human beings in the world that are actually trying to apply any of this content to this Friday's D&D running.
But getting back to this theory about deliberate stupidity. Do any of these people understand that there are subjects in human knowledge that apply here? Um, sociology, anyone? Anthropology? Geography? Geopolitics? Anybody?
Honestly, I can't figure it out. There are hundreds of hours of people talking on vlogs about how to "present" as a DM, who never mention research material related to drama, business, developing confidence or communications. The same applies to, "How to create a story" vlogs. Not a word about narrative theory, writing theory, drama again, psychology, etc., etc. Why would there be? We're talking about D&D, yes? That thing that exists utterly divorced from every other thought ever presented by a human being about this subject.
I have to assume that people who actually want to understand something about worldbuilding, storytelling and presenting a game never think to search anything other than specifically D&D sites. Otherwise, surely, they'd be talking about all this amazingly practical, directly accessible and easily implementable material, instead of this marching parade of truly ... truly bad ...
Words just fail me.
So what is it? What is it that makes every DM creating a video of their game group believe that the best way to present is to bellow? What the fuck is it with all the bellowing? Is this really what your DM does? If so, hell ... we ought to have a university course for that. Yale must be sucking around for a good, solid bellowing course.
I don't get it. I've heard the, "Well, they're all nerds who were hated at school, so they dropped out of society argument." But I read through the gushing comments on these videos and I just think, fuck. Just ... fuck.
I'm looking at this one comment on the Hulmes page where the reader says, "Hey mark can you link to any of us newbies a way to build a map."
This is the internet. The internet, man. For fuck's sake, use fucking google. What the fuck? I assume this reader is at least old enough to reach the keyboard of his daddy's computer. He found Hulmes' site. How did he find Hulmes' site if he doesn't know how fucking google works?
Don't give me this shit. This guy is one of the smarter commenters. Yeah, yeah. Yeah. Okay, I just don't fucking care. I just don't. Maybe contempt is not the best look for me just now but holy jesus masturbating shit on a fucking cracker. What in the crap is it with this shit?
You know, fuck making D&D a university course. I'd just like to see a few more people using actual material knowledge from the considerable store of thought that human beings have acquired over the last 12 millenium to explaining more properly how role-playing games work. The game is fucking doomed if we can consider the whole goddamn internet and it is possible to know who I am by calling me "that guy who wants dungeon mastering to be taught as a course."
That guy. That one fucking guy. On the whole fucking internet.
Jeez. We are fucking doomed.