Not writing for a while gave me the advantage of time to mull over my response to this phenomenon (or maybe just made me miss the boat completely). Originally I wrote a scathing, satirical argument about the whole thing (I won't tell you which side I took), but the light of reason (ie, my wife/editor) showed me the way back up out of the hole where the Internet trolls ply their trade, and I rewrote my post to be a little more balanced.
The main supporter of protecting history, actually made a valid point. We often do forget elements of the past in our quest for a simplified, antiseptic and fun present and future. History is full of ugly stories of the crimes men (and women) have committed against other men (and mostly women). In our current world where scantily-clad heroines fight monsters and kick ass on a regular basis, we sometimes forget that for centuries in our own western society, the lady-folk were treated as little better than cattle. If a woman actually showed up in battle, pretending or trying to be a knight, she would expect to be sexually assaulted, tied to the back of a horse and dragged back to her hovel where she starts cooking, spitting out babies and dying in childbirth where she belongs. Ditto for open homosexuals, Jews or non-Caucausians.
|We want our RPGs and history like we want our mayonnaise - white, bland, non-kosher and made by a woman who knows her place is in the kitchen.... I think I messed up that analogy somewhere.|
(A little aside about Dan Brown: When the Da Vinci Code hype exploded years ago, I was one of those guys who bitched and complained about him, about how the book was over-rated and his historical references were ripped-off, dumbed down and in many cases, wrong. Over time, however, I have developed a healthy dose of respect for Mr. Brown. This is a guy who has taken a so-so thriller and not only made a fortune off of it, but has pissed off countless people in doing so. People have made careers out of debunking this guy, not to mention all the spin-off documentaries and copycat thrillers that have come out since then. All of us wannabe writers should wish we could be like Dan Brown - a successful writer, instigator of employment and economic growth, someone who has single-handedly jump-started a generation's interest in art history, and the biggest fucking troll on the planet. Let's see John Grisham pull that off.)
|Also, anything that gets Audrey Tautou screen time is A-OK in my book.|
A long time ago I suggested that people should find like-minded people with which to play games, and I still believe that. Some people like playing heroic, non-historical, anachronistic settings where a gay black Sir Galahad beats the tar out of Robin Hood.
|And if you could somehow make Robin Hood a fox furrie, all the better.|
For some people, that's fun, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.
|Some people have weird definitions of "fun."|
Feel free to agree or disagree - that's what the comments section is for. I probably would have gotten more responses with the original post, though. ;-)
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