Thursday, August 7, 2014
When Did Gaming Become a Hotbed for Social Issues? (Rant Warning)
When did gaming, RPGs in particular, become a hotbed for social issues?
Everyone with an agenda is trying to use the RPG hobby to spread theirs. No, not the writers or the publishers. I'm talking about the talking heads, the social media big shots (or so they see themselves) and the big mouths.
Do I need a set of gaming rules to let me play a transexual vampire, bisexual hobbit or lesbian dwarf?
Do I need to be told I need to add more women, more trans-genders, more Venusians to my gaming table?
These are all things that are covered by a "code of conduct". Play what you want, they way you want with who you want and all this takes care of itself.
I don't need this spelled out in a rulebook. RPGs are by their very nature social. If you have issues socializing with different types of folks that don't reflect your norms, find a group that does reflect such.
Gaming is not a right. It is not an agenda. It is a hobby and a pastime.
When the noise from agendas drown out the rolls of the dice, it's time to reassess.
Or perhaps I just need to trim my G+ feed a bit more...