reply to post by soulpowertothendegree
Good sportsmanship actually went out the window, Soul. Even in Magic: The Gathering, it has turned into a hostile environment where no one is allowed
to speak or help each other or work together - there seem to be strict social norms in place against it.
In Magic, there have been a lot of rule changes to turn it into a game of trickery and deception and bluffing more like Poker. Even in individual play
groups where one would expect people to be working together to build each others' decks to compete (being friends and all) there is hostility towards
any type of brainstorming or information sharing.
If someone tries something new, there is also hostility. It has become rigid, stale and hostile. My best guesses would be some twisted mixture between
Atheism and the bad economy as well as socializing being switched to the internet instead of in person -
In fact, businesses have been reporting that they are having trouble hiring people with people skills. Throw that all together and you have a bunch of
people struggling to survive who don't know how to work together.
Then, take those same people and sit them down for a game, and they are already going to be pissed off at the world and willing to cut down anyone who
gets in their way to gaining power.
I'm not sure if you thought of this, although you probably did, it's actually a symptom of a larger problem in our society. If that problem grows,
which it probably will, it is going to be a disaster.
I think of books written about The Great Depression where people have to sacrifice for their families to survive, but think of what happens in another
Great Depression where that isn't socially acceptable. We all end up dead, or at least a good portion of us.
It's called Social Darwinism and it originated most heavily in Nazi Germany during the 1930's +
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