This is a little bit rant-y… I apologize up front. Also, harsh language to follow.
I am so tired of being told, “You only feel that way because you liked X as a kid.” That’s bullshit. I loved Voltron as a kid… I tried watching it again as an adult and you know what? It stinks. Hell, I loved a lot of things as a kid that now I wouldn’t touch with a 10’pole. I’m also a big fan of the original Star Wars trilogy and I think the prequels blow – and no, I don’t just like Ewoks because I loved them as a kid… I love Return of the Jedi and Ewoks because they are independently awesome all on their own.
I’m just putting this out there… There are also plenty of things I didn’t discover until I was in my twenties or even my thirties that I love with as much joy and passion as anything I loved when I was 8. I discovered The Last Unicorn when I was about 10, still a Peter Beagle fan today. I didn’t discover Guy Gavriel Kay until I was well into my twenties – and I didn’t start reading him from his first book – but I devour his books the minute they hit the shelves… well, virtual shelves these days as I’ve gone digital with my library.
Another example, I don’t like The Legend of Zelda. I don’t get it. I don’t care about it one bit, but it’s this huge phenomenon that people love no matter what. Nintendo could put out a game with a random bit of poo in a green costume, put that poo on a boat and sell millions of copies – people love the franchise that much. But I would never demean someone’s joy by telling them that the game they love sucks and that they only like it because they grew up playing Zelda games. Let me be clear – I might be willing to tell them their game sucks if I really believed it (like Warhammer Fantasy 3rd Edition or the Dragon Age 2 video game). But it would have nothing to do with when they started playing or why. The “we got here first” mentality is ridiculous but the idea that I would continue to derive childish joy from something only because it brought me joy when I was a child is bullshit.
Short answer to “this rant brought to you by…” is that I made the mistake of reading something that set me off. I’m not going to link it or discuss it again and I’ll post an extra post tomorrow to make up for the fact that I ranted tonight. Just one of those poisonous discussions that involved, well, you know game X is just bad – the new stuff is so much better – it’s just, you like that because it’s what you grew up with. And the fact that sometimes that kind of thing still bothers me. It’s why I don’t read gaming forums anymore.
Ultimately, I read a lot of games from old school to modern. The two most recent games I sat down and read were Dungeon World and Adventurer Conquerer King System. I’m a big fan of Barbarians of Lemuria and just as much a fan of Moldvay D&D. I have my Atlantean Trilogy books from Bard Games on my shelf next to In Nomine and DCC. Why do I care when I started playing a game? I care that over the years that game has brought me joy. I care that I can still look at a game after 20 years and say, yeah, I’d still like to play that. Games age and games change and sometimes it’s better and sometimes it’s worse – but good games are good games. I’m gonna stop now.
I’m a bad person for letting this stuff get to me.
See you tomorrow.