tahthing wrote:WHAT IS THE GAME
It goes like this: two or more geeks are sitting in a room. Roleplayers, wargamers, (computer)gamers and board game enthusiasts are particularly appropriate subsets of geek to have present.
There is, unbelievably, a lull in the conversation - not even Call of Duty XXII or Warhammer are being discussed. One specially smug geek pipes up, "I just lost the game." The rest of the geeks emit an almost pavlovian response of d'ohs, assertions of questionable parentage and other groans of dismay. Smug geek leans back, confident that despite the fact they will never know the touch of a woman (or gender of choice) that they have asserted their geek cred in a manner only a decade out of date.
The principle is - the game is something you do not think about. To think about it is to lose, but you can spread the fail by admitting you lost, causing other people to lose.
For the first few months it is an endearing past time. After a year it gets old. After a decade it occupies the same position in my personal pantheon of distaste as those people whom think it is funny to play an imaginary game with empty drinks glasses in bars, where every move is punctuated by increasingly lengthy mock musings and typically a nonsense word like 'bok' (how 'ZANY!') as opposed to the correct and right-thinking response of making a person eat the glass they have just bokked. Moved.