“Real Gamers”

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Rexis here!

I usually pride myself on being unoffendable (that’s not a word). It takes a lot to offend me, is what I’m saying. I’m also not one who thinks much of other people’s stupid opinions, because almost everyone has stupid opinions. A few minutes ago, I had to delete a comment on my recent Star Wars post from some idiot who could barely string a few words together. It looked like he just smashed his face against the keyboard. I doubt he’ll be back, but if you’re seeing this, try reading the post and offering some sort of rebuttal in English. I’m not going to try to sort through you nonsensical complaints with no backing.

As it turns out, I’m actually easily offended by stupidity and the world is full of it. So I thought I’d take a look at one of my biggest pet peeves, the thing that tends to set me off the most. As the titles indicates, I’m talking about “Real Gamers.” These are people I just cannot stand. Trolls or otherwise, they serve to derail every gaming conversation with just insults against anyone who disagrees with them. I’m sure you’ve seen it. Just read the comments section on any YouTube video about the GameCube. They turn out in droves.

“Nintendo is for kids!”

Now, I can understand if Mario doesn’t entice you to play his game, but that doesn’t mean its for kids. Neither does the ESRB rating on the box. If someone says “I’m a gamer and I play on the iPhone,” look out! Here come the “real gamers” to correct the plebs. If you prefer one FPS to another, one console to another, or play anything other than a PC, you aren’t a “real gamer.” If you play anything made by Nintendo, play FPS on XBOX One, have a membership to Playstation Plus, you aren’t a “real gamer.”

So, doing as I do, I dug a little deeper and figured out what a “real gamer” in this context means. That’s right, internet, I’ve figured it out. Do you want to be a “real gamer”? Do you want to be part of an obnoxious elite? Here is how you do it!

Get yourself a superiority complex!

Its that simple! How do you get one? So easy! Be inferior. Sounds contradictory, right? Alfred Adler, an Austrian medical doctor and psychotherapist figured this all out in the early 1900’s and coined the term. Here’s a simple explanation:

An individual who is not properly trained to answer life’s problems may turn from striving for superiority in useful ways to that of a personal superiority at all cost. If an individual cannot be better than another on their own merit, they will attempt to tear down another person or group to maintain their superior position.

You see, your superiority simply hides your inferior nature. Of course, in psychology, it goes much deeper. We aren’t going to discuss all of the medical dialect here. Suffice it to say that if you really feel like your way of gaming is the only way to be a “real gamer”, then you suck. At gaming. And at life. You are inferior. And it seems like everyone knows it but you. Even Alfred “Freak-Nasty” Adler knows it! (That’s probably a real nickname of his. You don’t know. You aren’t going to look it up, anyway.)

Curing your complex isn’t going to be easy. It’s going to involve treating the root cause of it all; your inferiority. But if you came here looking for a cure, you’re in the wrong place. I’m no doctor, and quite frankly, I hate you. You have stupid opinions about what makes a gamer and I have no time for your problems.

For the rest of us forced to cope with you, here is what we need to do. Avoid confronting these individuals in online debate or in real life. Ignore them as if they were trolls (because they are). Engaging them only affirms their opinions by validating them. It gives them a platform to stand on. Doing that inflates that feeling of superiority which only allows them to avoid confronting their real problems. By ignoring them, we are helping them.

In closing, a gamer is a gamer, regardless of the platform they play on, the games they like, or your personal opinions. A gamer is someone who picks up a game and plays it. Its that simple. I don’t care if you game for 10 minutes a week on Candy Crush or 10 hours a day on some FPS. To me, you’re a gamer. It doesn’t matter how much you know about the history of Atari. It doesn’t matter if you’re a guy or girl. It doesn’t matter if you only play Halo while drinking Mountain Dew. It doesn’t even matter if you only play sports games or Minecraft. You’re a gamer.

Anyone who adds “real” to the front is the inferior one.

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Remembering Collectible Card Games

Magic

Rexis here!

I haven’t played a CCG in over 13 years. I’m so old.

In all seriousness, CCG’s used to be a bigger hobby than video games for me. It began when I was about 14 and a friend introduced me to Magic: The Gathering. The only thing I’d ever seen like it was Overpower, and only because I got some cards from a cereal box (IIRC). I don’t think we had a full grasp of the rules at the time, but we played it to the best of our abilities and, honestly, this is the first thing in my life I recall collecting. I was never good at the game. The funny thing about CCGs when you only have one friend to play them with is this: you build a deck tailored to beat your friend and then he counters your deck with a new one of his own. Rinse. Repeat. Ad nauseam.

My nostalgia for this kicked in recently when I opened an expansion box for Cards Against Humanity. When I pulled that string on the wrapper and heard that familiar crackle, when I smelled that “fresh deck” smell, I was flooded with memories. There’s nothing quite like a new pack of cards.

Eventually, I moved from Magic onto Pokémon which released shortly after the massive success of the GameBoy titles. I preferred it because it was easier to understand and play. I was a kid then and we didn’t have the internet to clarify things, so it became the go-to game for my growing group of nerdy friends. This is when I discovered competitive play, but I never enjoyed it. I played in a few tournaments and I think finished in fifth place once. I’ve never been very good at these types of games. I just liked the atmosphere and being part of something bigger than myself.

My final foray in the CCG world was with Dragon Ball Z. Of the three games I had experience with, this was my favorite. I was already a huge fan of the series when this was released, so it was a natural fit for me. All of my friends played, but as high school was coming to a close, collections were sold until only two of us were left. And once more we were building decks just to beat one another, ad nauseam.

I sold my DBZ collection two years ago. I’d hung onto those cards for a decade and I believe I was the last of my group to let them go. I don’t know what ever became of my old Pokémon and Magic collections. What I do know is that I miss the camaraderie inherent with these types of things. All of my friends have gone their own ways and we rarely, if ever, see one another. There’s just too many miles and too many responsibilities.

Those card games were introductions to friendships I still consider very dear to me to this day, friendships forged in deck building, friendships built on a shared passion. Every relationship that remains with me since middle school can be traced back to one of these games. I may not have met my friends while playing them, but playing them bonded us.

I miss those nights when there’d be four or five of us in a room building decks and challenging one another.

Sometimes I wish things were still so simple.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Answers to Your Stupid Plot Holes (Spoilers!)

Rey

Rexis here!

Hello, internet! Today, I felt like establishing a new category here on Ability Points that breaks away from the video game related format. Why do I want to do this? Because sometimes I like to write about things that don’t revolve around games, and because its my blog and I refuse to be shackled!

Today, I want to discuss Star Wars! Specifically, The Force Awakens. I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I LOVED this movie and will be seeing it for the third time this weekend. Unfortunately, it seems that everywhere I look, people are nitpicking the littlest bits of nonsense in the film and it DRIVES ME CRAZY! Rather than writing a million rebuttals that will undoubtedly vanish into obscurity on FaceBook or Twitter, I thought I’d take some time to address a few of the complaints.

To be clear, this will absolutely have SPOILERS! all throughout. Seriously though, if you haven’t seen the movie by now, you should be hiding under a rock or expect it to be spoiled. Go see it already! I won’t be touching on fan theories and future speculations much, so go elsewhere for that. This is only about TFA.

The complaints I’m going to address are listed first, so feel free to skip to what you want answered:

How does Han find the Falcon so quickly?

How does Rey know how to fix the Falcon?

Why does Finn fear the empire will come for him?

How does Rey learn to use the Jedi mind trick?

Why does Captain Phasma drop the shields?

Why Han’s death was justified and done right.

How does Finn stand a chance against Kylo?

How could Rey defeat Kylo?

Did Kylo escape?

Why does Leia send Rey and Chewie in the Falcon to find Luke?

Ugh.. The orig trig was better because nostalgia. Thanks JJ. Worse than the prequels. Another reboot, gah! #realstarwarsfans #iamanidiot

“Ugh.. The orig trig was better because nostalgia! Thanks JJ! Worse than the prequels! Another reboot, gah!” #realstarwarsfans #iamanidiot

Above: Haters

 

How does Han find the Falcon so quickly?

I feel like this is the first major question about the film. The action up until this point is pretty amazing, but people seem to have a problem with Han finding the Falcon as soon as it leaves Jakku. Can we keep in mind that Han has been looking for it and it probably sent a signal out as soon as it was fired up for the first time in ages. Star Wars ignores how long it takes a message to travel through space, so we can assume he received the signal immediately. Given the time it took Rey to down those Tie Fighters, Don’t you think Han could have traveled, at light speed mind you, to it’s location?

How does Rey know how to fix the Falcon?

I can’t believe this is a question. Rey is shown from the very beginning to be a scavenger who knows a thing or two about space craft. She’d been in this line of work since she was very young, especially evident in the fact that she can pilot. Why wouldn’t she understand the workings of a standard YT-1300 freighter? There’s simply no reason to assume the Falcon is special in some way. In fact, the tech in the ship would be dated some 30+ years after the Kessel run. I would wager that her speeder bike is more complicated.

Why does Finn fear the empire will come for him?

When visiting Maz’s cantina, Finn seems desperate to escape to the rim. This isn’t because the First Order is looking for him, but because they are dangerous to everyone. It’s comical to think they would have any interest in capturing a defected storm trooper. They know he is in the company of BB-8, but that doesn’t mean they are after him specifically. If he had escaped to the rim, the First Order would have had no concern. To be clear, he doesn’t fear being found by them, he fears what they are going to do to EVERYONE and he wants no part of that.

How does Rey learn to use the Jedi mind trick?

This must be the BIGGEST nitpick I’ve seen. There is no doubt that Rey is strong with the force, but can we consider one thing here: Obi-Wan taught us that the force controls our actions, but also obeys our commands. Rey attempted the mind trick because the force guided her to do so. She didn’t need a prerequisite of knowledge before hand. Even if she did, later in the movie, she says that she thought Luke Skywalker was a legend. If people have heard the story of Jesus walking on water 2000 years later, why wouldn’t Rey have heard of Luke’s and other Jedi’s ability to use the mind trick after a few decades?

Why does Captain Phasma drop the shields?

Two reasons: She doesn’t want to die and doesn’t think the rebellion has a chance either way. Starkiller Base is pretty big. Why would she be worried about the rag tag rebellion taking out the who thing? They almost didn’t and had it not been for Han’s explosives…. She was kind of right.

Why Han’s death was justified and done right.

So many people had a problem with this scene. I’ve heard that he should have had more of a heroes death. I’ve heard that he shouldn’t have just fallen off the bridge into obscurity. So many complaints. I’m assuming these people don’t have kids. His death was perfect. Our hero Han, the unshakable smuggler and cheat, was only broken by his son whom he obviously loved and cared about. His death was solemn and meaningful. It wasn’t pomp and circumstance. His fall mirrors the feeling of losing hope and it drives home the fact that Kylo is dedicated to the dark side, yet torn about what he has to do. The way Han touches his face in the end matters and it means so much. I believe it marks the moment Ben dies.

How does Finn stand a chance against Kylo?

A storm trooper goes toe to toe with the leader of the Knights of Ren, a trained dark side force user. Except that Kylo had been nailed in the side by Chewie with his crossbow. Did you notice earlier that those bolts Chewie shoots tend to explode!? Kylo had also just struggled with killing his father and he was bleeding profusely enough that it was collecting beneath his boot. That’s a serious wound. His ability to use the force was hindred here, evident by Chewie hitting him in the first place. We see in the beginning that Kylo can freeze a laser mid air. What was stopping him at the climax if not for his extreme emotional state? Add to this that his training was not complete and that he may have very little actual fighting experience. We don’t know what Snoke has been making him do all these years, but we certainly haven’t seen him fight until this point. Finn, on the other hand is, in fact, a trained storm trooper. yes, he was a sanitation worker, but there is a little thing the US military refers to as cross-training. You can actually change your career. Assuming the First Order has the same sort of thing would explain why Finn was holding a blaster during his first mission on Jakku. Taking the force out of the equation, there’s no reason Finn and Kylo can’t duke it out on equal footing.

How could Rey defeat Kylo?

The same thinking from the previous question applies here.  Kylo is pretty restricted here and he is up against an experienced foe. We saw on Jakku that Rey can defend herself. She has probably been in a number of fights during her long years on the sand planet. Plus, she could use the force. It guides her actions after all. She was actually losing at first and on the defensive until she remembered what Maz had said to her; to close her eyes and feel the force. When she did this, the tables turned and she beat Kylo to the ground, leaving a scar across his face (the last time we’ll see Ben’s face perhaps?). Rey’s innate ability to use the force is exactly why she is capable of these things. She is strong with the force, sure, but it didn’t take more than the force guiding her actions for her to subdue Kylo in his weakened state.

Did Kylo escape?

Really? Are we speculating this? I’ll humor you. Yes. Yes he did.

Why does Leia send Rey and Chewie in the Falcon to find Luke? And the hug?

In the final moments of the movie, Rey leaves on the Falcon with Chewie and no one seems to understand why. I thought it was obvious (as most of these are). The Falcon wasn’t given to her. Its never stated who owns it at this point, but I would assume it’s Chewie’s, not Rey’s. Chewie, being an accomplished veteran of war, is the right choice to send with Rey. Its simply a mission for Chewie at this point. It probably wouldn’t have been wise to send the girl who had never been off-planet before on her own with a map to some point in space.  Wouldn’t it just make sense to send Chewie? He’s getting older, he’s done his part for the resistance, and he was recovering from an injury. As for the hug Rey and Leia share, its not because they are related, but because they share an emotional bond over Han. It seems to imply some words were said about him, possibly some wishes for the future, some hope for luck, concluding with the hug. Nothing weird here.

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This is how I interpreted everything after my first viewing. I don’t understand why people are picking these things apart and hating on them. If you didn’t understand these OBVIOUS explanations as you were watching the movie, you’re the broken one. Feels like the internet has become such a volatile place, doesn’t it? I loved this movie and I’ve yet to find a single plot hole or oversight that can’t be explained within the cannon of the Star Wars universe. I do agree that we should have gotten more Phasma, but movies have to be cut somewhere. I’m sure she will be back in VIII and I’d be glad to discuss that in another post. I know its impossible to silence the haters, but I had to at least get these counter arguments down somewhere. Thanks for reading!