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[–] ninjajunkie 0 points 24 points (+24|-0) ago 

The end result of putting unqualified people in positions of power; they can't abide a meritocracy. They know they would lose and the only way for them to stay in power is to change the prerequisites to arbitrary traits that they possess.

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[–] Gargilius 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

That, and may be the result of a whole generation who received 'participation trophies' (everybody wins!) coming of age...

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[–] ninjajunkie 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

For sure. I'm all for lifting someone's self-esteem when they need encouragement, but the esteem must come from actual accomplishments not intentions. This telling idiots they are as smart as everyone else will be the death of us all.

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[–] timemage2 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

did you ever get one of those bro? i dont think they have the effect you think they do

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[–] OneTrueCube 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I don't think a single kid ever gave a shit about a participation trophy. Those were given out to appease the parents of those children who could not stand the thought that their perfect child could possibly underperform.

An infant can see through the BS of those awards especially when they would hand out actual awards to whoever beat them.

It's the fault of the people who raised that generation, it's not like they made and gave themselves those awards.

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[–] Scald85 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Stretching meritocracy too far selects for cheaters, not talent, although there's a curious phase change period where you get a mix of talent and cheaters. Old money aristocracy is the traditionalist solution to excessive upward mobility and ensuing foul play.

Meritocracy only consistently works in small steps, within certain social spheres.

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[–] olltre 2 points 2 points (+4|-2) ago 

fuck old money aristocracy, they are the main reason we are in the position we find ourselves.... fuck monarchy too, if you are a monarchist then kill yourself

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[–] ninjajunkie 2 points -1 points (+1|-2) ago 

There has to be checks and balance. On top of cheating in its various forms, non-cheating people end up having to train almost from birth to have a chance at reaching the top. I don't have a solution, but I would definitely agree a pure meritocracy would fail, but it needs to be the foundation of the system.

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[–] citrion 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

The end result of putting unqualified people in positions of power; they can't abide a meritocracy. They know they would lose and the only way for them to stay in power is to change the prerequisites to arbitrary traits that they possess.

One of the more frustrating things in the world is when, after switching from meritocracy to arbitrary traits, those arbitrary traits still work in your favor, but that ends up not mattering because fuck rationality.

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[–] hypersong 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

God. I don't like being told "git gud" because it's the same as "you suck" but it's what I will say when you reach the point where you can only win through skill. Grinding a boss, learning the timings, rotations, new tricks. Testing your skill fills one with adrenaline and it's what games are about.

There are the people who beat a difficult game with a banana as a controller, and it exaggerates just how easy a boss is when you get the timings down perfectly. People who cry when being told "git gud" shouldn't play games to begin with. I mean that.

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[–] Plavonica 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Eh, if you suck, you suck. Git gud is a very short handed way of saying that something is possible and you need to apply time and effort to develop enough skill to overcome the difficulty.

Or, as we used to say it, don't suck.

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[–] uvulectomy 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

"All those things shape our expectations and focus players on individuals, rather than the collective," he added. "As actualized meritocracies, video games quickly become really toxic spaces where players are focused on individual glory, rather than creating positive spaces for interaction."

tl;dr - Whiny professor is a useless communist cuck (and/or faggot) who wants the world handed to him on a plate, including in games. He probably hopes such a whiny pile of drivel will convince his wife's nigger buck to let him watch (and maybe even touch himself) while they fuck on his bed.

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[–] Echo203 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Not to mention, most of the games I play are team vs. team, and if you go off on your own chasing glory, you will not only die more quickly with fewer points, but will likely cause your team to lose. I'm not really sure what games this professor has been playing, if any at all.

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[–] CryptoBard 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Toxic self-improvement Toxic positivity (Everything I don't like is toxic) syndrome

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[–] ar308 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Get out of here with your toxic logic and toxic intelligence and bow down under my neo-marxist regime positive interaction safe spaces.

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[–] Tallest_Skil 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

Fun fact, dipshit. Jews–and only jews–created the system by which leftist thought operates. These universites that expose marxism (which is a jewish ideology)? They’re run by jews. Staffed by jews. Promoted by jews in jewish media (read: all media). Cry more.

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[–] hikoo 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

No, we don't need more games to be like mario party. I wonder what's his opinion on sports.

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[–] Schreiber 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Sports is fine because nigger win gold medals.

Video games is not fine because mudskins suck at video games.

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[–] OneUnderNone 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

The point of playing games that utilize meritocracy values is to get away from real life and have a fun experience. Sometimes merits don't go very far in real life, especially when socialist values come into play like Affirmative Action.

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[–] Schreiber 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Damn right.

Sometimes you wonder why competitions such as chess and esports are dominated by certain race only. Because those things are actually meritocracy instead of AA, you can't just be a nigger and be crowned world chess champion or best starcraft player without actually being the best.

While some people might think it would be great if all human subspecies are created equal, but that clearly isn't the case and we need to stop denying the fact that races aren't equal.

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[–] majb 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Need more micro-transactions in them.

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[–] wakkablam 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

"We expect the most skilled, hardest working player to win. The typical narrative in a game is a rags to riches story where the player propels the character into a key role and perhaps even attains god-like status."

Name one such game where you attain figurative god-like status. I understand the author means a status where you obliterate your (human) adversaries with one move or the likes of. I can't name a single game that will let you do that. Most online games have, to some extent, fair matchmaking that will not let overqualified players play against beginners, or if it will, it will at least give an edge to the beginners.

Games that let you achieve literal god-like status are either mindless games where you just destroy everything that is in your way (think very linear games like Call of Duty, where you'll eventually get the tank and destroy half of the city with it) which are toxic in their own sense (for being linear, button-smashing, "do this or die", etc.), or they are more open-ended, like RPGs and will let you evolve your character in any of multiple disciplines, providing alternatives to mindless destruction. If the player chose a career in brute force and aggression, then the problem the author would like to point out lies in the player, not the game.

I think the author hates sports, and he believes that too many competitive games (almost all FPS) are like sports, which are almost purely based on raw skills and split-second reflexes.

Edit: if you want pure luck, you're stuck with solitaire. And even then, some players are better at solitaire than others. Even poker involves skills.

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