Fringe Division — Chronological Snobbery And Brothels
Hello there readers. Long time no write. I suppose I should give a good reason for my absence from the column scene for the last month, but I’m afraid besides Diablo 3 there isn’t one. Today I’d like to talk to you about quite an important topic. Something that many of us suffer from as gamers. However why don’t we start the evening off with an entertaining little personal story of my own.
As you probably don’t know, I’ve been rather diligent with regards to my finances and invested my money in a nice three bedroom house in an unnamed Capetownian suburb which I can rent out for a decent amount of money while I pay off the bond on it. I live a relatively modest lifestyle by renting a bedroom from my parents and putting as much money as I can into paying off my house. This was my first time renting so I thought I’d get an agent to manage the property for me for a rather significant 10% of the monthly rental. This agent (Who I will name and link in this post in the hope that their name will not be edited out by Cavie since this opinion I’m about to express is my own and is in no way associated with egamer.co.za) was Leapfrog.
So everything was fine for seven months. The money came in roughly on time until about two weeks ago when after phoning the agency they told me that the tenant wished to leave early before his twelve months were up. So no problem, the agency would find me another tenant. In the meantime he had cleared out and paid up for the month. We inspected the house to find it in exactly the condition I left it in. Little did I know however the hell that the neighbours had gone through in the past seven months. Basically to cut a long story short, I found out from my neighbours that my tenant was running a Chinese brothel out of my house. The cops had raided the place four times in seven months, they had found an illegal firearm, arrested one of the “workers” and of course they found some narcotics. Anyway when the police and the neighbours asked Leapfrog as to who / where the owner was, they were told by them that he was “overseas”. So take what you like from that little amusing story. The real lesson here is all estate agents are filthy lying pigs and you should reduce your contact with them in your life to a minimum. From now on I’m managing my own property. The lesson has been learnt, and at the end of the day there was no real harm and you’ve all heard a rather amusing story about how I inadvertently became a slum lord.
And now for something completely different.
Chronological snobbery is the fallacy of assuming that advancements in technology make us smarter or better than our predecessors. This is indeed very much a false perception. Anyone familiar with the fields of Science and Philosophy would know that the greatest minds in these fields have already lived and died. Einstein, Plato, Socrates, Pascal, Darwin, all of these world changing individuals lived many many years ago and were definitely smarter than you or I. If anything movies like Idiocracy seem to joke about the devolution of the human race, how socio-economic conditions are a breeding ground for a lowering of the collective intelligence in the world.
What if, and here’s a crazy idea, this actually applies to games. It’s very possible that we as gamers have become chronological snobs when it comes to games. The most recent example of this for me was demonstrated with a conversation I had with another human. We were discussing Diablo 3 and I explained to him why I thought the game was inferior in game play and enjoyability in comparison to Diablo 2. He instantly shrugged Diablo 2 off as inferior with the reasoning of: ”It’s shit because it’s old.” I think as gamers we should avoid such fallacious reasoning as aspects of a game such as game play mechanics and storyline can be mostly timeless and technology independent. Similarly we can fall into the same trap when it comes to how we think about movies.
Unfortunately I really don’t have time to expand on this idea, although there isn’t really too much more I wanted to say on the matter. Between having to write a technical spec and a progress report for my day job for tomorrow and taking leave to redo three bedroom floors with carpet squares, tiling a bathroom and painting four rooms all before the new tenant moves in on Saturday, I’m afraid I’m a bit busy at the moment. I don’t even have time to even find a picture for this column. (FORGIVE ME CAVIE)