One bright spot of interaction

30Oct09

The only time I can recall online discussion of a game of mine making me smile was an ancient RPG.net thread that called FVLMINATA the “worst initiative system of all time.” I relished the fact that I had outraged someone’s (several people’s, actually) sensibilities.

I’m a moderate at heart. I’m not in-your-face. I’m not offensive. But I still can’t wipe the smile off my face when I recall that thread.

Should I be doing more of that kind of thing? Should I be more assertive and controversial? I dislike when people generate controversy to garner attention. I find it cheapens any interaction.

But I’ve still got some assertive, controversial things to say. I just say them nicely. Serial Homicide Unit says to society and fanboy culture: “Your fixation on violence and identification with criminal behavior is wrong. It is sick and twisted. You’re on the wrong side.” It is a subversive game that puts the lie to its genre.

And nobody plays it.

Maybe I should be more controversial for the most American of reasons: To make more money.

I don’t know the answer to this. I’ve got to ruminate on it some more.

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14 Responses to “One bright spot of interaction”

  1. That’s too bad about Serial. I think it’s brilliant, definitely in my top 10 RPGs ever. I will make an effort to talk it up more.

  2. 2 Judd

    I say be exactly who you want to be and let your games do the talking, Michael.


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