Listen to Erathoniel ranting on and on in good ol' conservative Christian fashion.
Published on May 7, 2008 By erathoniel In Misc

    Why is being a gamer bad?

                        It makes me sad when there is discrimination against the innocent.

    Now, I may be quoting out of context here, but I have been told that as a gamer I have no place on JU, and I should crawl back into the same old gaming sites I frequent. I believe that there is nothing wrong with being a gamer, it is simply a part of my identity. Why does being a gamer devaluate my opinions as a human being? I've been called thin skinned, but it's because I've been trained to fight back at every insult until I win the battle. I've been called paranoid, but I believe that with anonymity, if somebody says something negative, they mean the worst. And in experiences I've had, it's true. Granted they may not apply to JU, but why should they not be welcomed as a part of who I am.

    Is being homosexual or religious a reason to stay off JU? Is being from a minority group a reason to stay off JU? Is having a opinion a reason to stay off JU? Everyone says no to the earlier questions, or almost everyone. I cannot take that for granted, I've noted. Gamers are a group just as Mexicans are a group, Catholics are a group, and homosexuals are a group. There's no devaluation in any of their opinions due to their background. So why is being a gamer a reason to stay away from JU? Sure some gamers are violent reckless pigs, but consider that games can communicate both violence and peace.

    Game Review- Saga

    Article Link: Saga   

    Saga's an "MMORTS" (massively multiplayer online real time strategy) game. I'd call it more an MMOURETCG (massively multiplayer online unrestricted environment trading card game), but that looks bad for press. It's a decent game, with free and paid options, but it will end up costing you a lot if you buy the "booster packs", which would be more aptly named: "Things that you buy to have an entire army of units as opposed to four options". Seriously, if you can't get it free (from Filefront until May 11 or 50,000 downloads, note the serial key, copy it!), it's probably not worth getting. It does have free to play, but the units are so hard to get that they aren't even funny. They cost hours of in-game work, if you're lucky. It does have co-op quests, but they increase in difficulty with each play-through. It almost forces PvP.

    Saga gets four @'s, for a decent, if extortionate, experience.

    On The A'ka'mari Language

    I know that the A'ka'mari language I'm making is very unconventional, but it's suppossed to be. It's meant to be a form of art, not a practical spoken language. It is not intended to be used by itself in long narratives- even its most dedicated speakers have long switched to blending it with their native languages. It is simply a form of expression and culture, not a form of communication.

    Its form with its apostrophes is very strange, I'll admit, but it's all part of what makes it unique. Anyone can copy a language, but what does it take to create a new one? It ignores conventions, because, quite simply, it is supposed to be an entirely new language. A'ka'mari is not suppossed to be a polyglut, it's supposed to be the language of a race of desert dwellers.


Comments (Page 1)
on May 07, 2008

Who said there was anything wrong with gamers using JU? I've been doing that the whole time and even got a featured article that was game-related (in the form of my developer diaries for my World in Conflict mod).

on May 07, 2008
Are you saying you are an Opinionated Mexican Catholic Homosexual Gamer? Well...welcome to JU!
on May 07, 2008
Gamers are a group just as Mexicans are a group

Do you even read the stuff you write?

Oh yeah, and what Phazon88 said.
on May 07, 2008

I do read it, I'm just writing it in reply to at least one person telling me to go back to the gaming sites I frequent and leave JU.

Where I live being called Mexican is not just a part of race, it's a part of culture.

I've got an overflow of articles right now, but I don't know if I'll keep being able to post so often.

on May 07, 2008
Where I live being called Mexican is not just a part of race, it's a part of culture.

Yes, but one chooses to be a gamer, not the culture in which they are born and raised.
(I'm going to stop here, its going off-topic.)
on May 07, 2008

Actually, it's still on-topic, for all I care.

I believe gaming is a culture, and I was pretty much raised in it.

on May 07, 2008
Actually, it's still on-topic, for all I care.
I believe gaming is a culture, and I was pretty much raised in it.

So does this gaming culture have a music, style of dress, menu of food items, or anything else unique to or originating from it? (MtDew and Doritos do not count, they predate it...and you'll have to come up with more than soundtracks to satisfy the music requirement.)

I'm not saying gaming doesn't have a culture of sorts. Heck, Star Trek fandom has a culture of sorts. I'm just saying comparing being "Mexican" to being "a gamer" is kind of like comparing piloting a passenger jet to riding a bicycle.
on May 07, 2008

Simply, I listen to video game music (yes, I do. Oblivion and Shadowrun are my faves), I even prefer 8 bit to the real song, and I find MIDI's an easy-listening format. I wear whatever I want, though generally bright, atrocious colors. I eat pretty much the entire diet of most people in this day and age (I dunno if this counts, but I make a real-life nonalcloholic "PPC" from the Battletech galaxy using too much Ovaltine and various other components in about half-an-inch of milk).

I do find that gaming has its own culture. Stronger than the Trekkie fandom, though maybe it's just because I missed out on that due to the cheese of most of the episodes I saw, lack of diamond-hardness, and other various things, but I do believe it has its own culture at least as strong as Mexican culture is. When they speak of a "Decker" lifestyle in Cyberpunk, it really applies to gamers. Energy drinks, those are us. Though I don't drink 'em. Messes me up.

on May 07, 2008

Are you saying you are an Opinionated Mexican Catholic Homosexual Gamer? Well...welcome to JU!

Sorry for double post, but no, I am saying I am an Opinionated Caucasian Protestant Heterosexual (though Celibate) Gamer.

on May 07, 2008
I do believe [gaming] has its own culture at least as strong as Mexican culture

Ok, I'm just gonna have to walk away from this thread now.
on May 07, 2008

Perhaps that *is* a bit of an overstatement there.

on May 08, 2008
Haha, I'm glad I'm able to provide you with some food for thought to actually create a somewhat decent article (compared to you "on" series).

Allow me to pick on you, feel free to delete at your choosing.

Now, I may be quoting out of context here, but I have been told that as a gamer I have no place on JU, and I should crawl back into the same old gaming sites I frequent.


First I will give you some advise, take it or leave it, I don't care. If you have doubts about your own opinions, such as not being sure if the above is out of context or not, you should probably avoid saying anything at all that could get you into more dilemmas than you were planning to solve. here are my exact words that lead to this article:

A quick search on your name revealed you are a gamer so why don't you go stick to gamer sites like you had before you came here? I believe that there is nothing wrong with being a gamer, it is simply a part of my identity.


It seems obvious that my point was that you spent a lot of time on gaming sites so that would seem to be what suits you better than what you are doing here. The fact that this site has a gaming section and that the owner of this site is also the owner of StarDock and creates games such as GalCiv, it would seem really stupid for anyone to suggest you have no place on this site because you are a gamer.

Just so you know I am a gamer. I am a hardcore Call Of Duty 4 player. My name is BraveStarr and I belong to The Brotherhood Clan so my name online is [BHC]BraveStarr. I also play Call Of Duty United Offensive and Call of Duty 2. Now that you know a little bit about me, stop acting as if we are picking on you for being a gamer simply because somehow we are not.

I've been called thin skinned, but it's because I've been trained to fight back at every insult until I win the battle.


First of all this is the dumbest thing anyone can do in their lives. Learn to pick in choose your battles, so fights are not worth fighting. I'm not sure what kind of training you are talking about but what ever it is, it's not working. You still have a lot to learn young padawan. What they should have taught you was to be an adult and learn that petty back and forth arguments in a childish manner is pointless and in the end no one wins. Win the battle? Child, you need to grow up already. People come here to debate not to do battle; the purpose of a debate is to put your point across, not to defeat your opponent. If you are confident in your opinion and can back up your comments with facts then you have nothing to defend or worry.

I've been called paranoid, but I believe that with anonymity, if somebody says something negative, they mean the worst. And in experiences I've had, it's true. Granted they may not apply to JU, but why should they not be welcomed as a part of who I am.


Maybe you should try not to assume the worse all the time. Generalizing everyone under a single thought is a very ignorant way to live life. First you say your experiences prove this to be true then you say this may not apply to JU, which would suggest your theory is wrong because you found proof that says otherwise. Contradiction is a really bad thing to do on JU, especially with google's cache keeping record of everything you and everyone else writes.

Is being homosexual or religious a reason to stay off JU? Is being from a minority group a reason to stay off JU? Is having a opinion a reason to stay off JU? Everyone says no to the earlier questions, or almost everyone. I cannot take that for granted, I've noted. Gamers are a group just as Mexicans are a group, Catholics are a group, and homosexuals are a group. There's no devaluation in any of their opinions due to their background. So why is being a gamer a reason to stay away from JU? Sure some gamers are violent reckless pigs, but consider that games can communicate both violence and peace.


Get over yourself already. Being a gamer is just that, being a gamer. No religion, no race, no culture, no dress style. You play games, period. Should people who play sports be called sporters and have a culture of their own? Should people who love cars be called automobilers?

Let's stick to the facts here, you are lousy at making articles and at debating them. You are lousy at defending yourself and you are waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too sensitive. Being part of a blogging community means that you will have people who will agree and people who will disagree with you. You will have nice people and you will have unpleasant people. If you can't deal with this, then maybe blogging is not for you. One things for sure, you need to grow up already. It's one thing to get into silly arguments with a fellow JU blogger that become more like entertainment to others than actually making a point, but it's another to be thick headed and not listen when some are actually being nice or trying to help you or basically saying the truth and instead argue like a disrespectful child regardless of how wrong you may be.

on May 08, 2008

It seems obvious that my point was that you spent a lot of time on gaming sites so that would seem to be what suits you better than what you are doing here.

You do realize that's exactly what I was talking about, don't you?

on May 08, 2008
If *you* were a part of this blogging community, Charles, you'd know we've been boycotting this fool's articles. Leave it to you to keep feeding the trolls the rest of wish to ignore into obscurity, (just like your obsession with Col Gene kept his articles up top, front and center.)


Ah, so my reply is the only one on this article I see. And you have been doing a great job boycotting his articles, I believe this is the second time I see you breaking it? Seems you guys are paying more attention to his articles than you claim to be, otherwise you would not be here calling a pot black, miss kettle.

BTW, you should pay more attention, I wasnt the only one posting on his articles (col gene), you are pretty much dragging IslandDog into this mix since he posted almost as often as I did on his articles. If you wanna steer clear of peoples article, that's your prerogative, but do me a favor and stop acting as if we somehow have to bowdown to you and steer clear of those you dislike just so you don't have to see their articles. Your obsession with the ignore feature is now extending to literally insulting people into falling in line with your mentallity. Get over yourself already, you are no ones boss around here. Deal with it.

You do realize that's exactly what I was talking about, don't you?


Actually, you were refering to how, because you are a gamer, that I think you should leave because you shouldn't be here. My point, which you seem to continue to miss, is that you seem to be more into gaming so maybe that's what you should stick to. And considering you are causing so much headache to many here (I could care less) maybe you should have stayed over there. I could care less whether you stay or go, some here might feel the need to boycott you and then bitch to those who give you air time (not that it's any of their business what I say to who), I will agree and disagree and tell you what's on my mind so long as I am able to post on the article. If others don't like it, they can kiss my Latino behind.
on May 08, 2008

Actually, you were refering to how, because you are a gamer, that I think you should leave because you shouldn't be here. My point, which you seem to continue to miss, is that you seem to be more into gaming so maybe that's what you should stick to.

So, wait, you're telling me that I'm more into gaming than life?

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