One of the first posts I made on this blog was about a holier-than-thou attitude a lot of people in this hobby seem to have. Granted, it's difficult to detect sarcasm and implicit humor over the internet, but some individuals are worse than others. Case in point: This Post. A few weeks ago I read that whole blog, from start to finish, and came away with the impression that the guy is a little intense, takes his gaming seriously, and quite possibly has a few differences in play style from casual gamers. Fine. He also comes off as somewhat of an elitist prick, but hey, whatever, it's his forum for discussing whatever he wants. However, I take serious issue with his characterization of James Maliszewski's (I certainly do love Polish names) post that sparked the response. James always comes off as someone who had a revelation and wants to share it with everyone else. I never detect any sort of condescension in his tone, even when he grossly stereotypes gamers into large homogeneous groups. Sure, I disagree with him sometimes, but he seems polite and affable. I could be wrong and he's actually a raging dickwad in Real Life, but as I only have his written word to judge him by, that's what I'm going to use.
That said, the Tao of D&D guy is just a flaming cocksucker. Not only does he attack James for literally one line in what I consider to be a fairly thoughtful analysis, he does so in a way that is impossible to take seriously. If you want to paint yourself as some sort of academician whose words hold gravitas of any sort, why a fucking ad hominem right off the bat? There's an instant tirade about James, and it takes several paragraphs before he even attempts to make any sort of counter-argument. The argument is flimsy anyway, and quite honestly just proves empirically what I've said all along: most gamers are fucking sociopathic assholes. Yeah, Mr. Tao, hide behind your computer screen and pseudo-anonymity. It's real easy to launch personal attacks at people, all while masquerading as some sort of intellectual paragon. Many years of grad school taught me a valuable lesson, that being the "smartest" people are the biggest morons and the ones who talk the loudest have the least to say.
Interestingly enough, this is not an ad hominem attack, by definition. I am directly attacking this assclown's character as a demonstration of my point that internet gamers are douches, so therefore it's a valid argument. I like Grognardia because it makes me think about stuff. I dislike The Tao of D&D because it tells me what to think. See the difference? What's funny is that James Raggi at LotFP is probably more intense and acerbic than this Tao fuck, yet I don't get the impression that he's an asshole. He just seems really interested in gaming; he's not trying to proselytize by personally attacking someone he disagrees with.
In closing, I'd like to say if you're not having fun playing a game, you're doing it wrong. Whatever constitutes "fun" and "game" is an exercise left to the reader.