From my perspective, this sums up many of your posts. Sometimes it baffles me so much I can't help it and speak up, most of the time I say nothing. I don't think there is a single poster on Doomworld who so often expresses something I find profoundly wrong, or at least opposite to what I think personally.
I mean this without hostility. What's unimportant to you is important to me, what's important to you is unimportant to me. What's wrong with that? If everyone shared the same values and ideas, the world would be a pretty boring place.
If anything, this ties with my previous point: the idea of experimentation as a commodity, as something you can define, market and sell, as if anything that wasn't specifically labelled as such was then automatically devoid of experimentation, as something everyone of a particular group should appreciate as if we were an unified mind only leads to conformism and blandness. It brings Us vs Them rhetorics in an environment where that kind of thinking is particulary inappropriate (not that it ever is), because art is intrinsically a personal thing.
You can see it in the way the word "pretentious" is used, all nicely put within little quotes, in these circles. People have turned this into their own personal Godwin's Law; use it seriously, and your opinion is invalid, you're a person who should be made fun of because you're obviously part of the inept, unwashed masses unable to appreciate the better things of life. A convenient shortcut to avoid trying to understand a different perspective, to flee from genuine discussion, to lock themselves in a closed environment where the only important thing is what the majority believes.
It's not hard to draw parallels between that article, these current attitudes in game modding, and what is currently happening with this anti-Islam video. In either situation, there are people who would like to define themselves as part of a group, enforce their own vision of an ideal world, virtual or real, and restrict the freedom of speech of any would-be opponent.
Scales are different, results are widely different; there is no disputing that, but the root cause of either event remains identical: intolerance. To me, intolerance is always worth taking seriously, if nothing else because it limits human creativity. Overthinking is always better than not thinking at all.
Way to misinterpret. All I meant was, why do you care so much about which mods were mentioned? You're entitled to have your favourites, and you're welcome to write your own report on this subject and post it somewhere.
I'll concede that, with the exception of Aliens TC, the mods chosen to exemplify Doom modding don't do the community justice. But it's always nice when our beloved 19-year-old game gets mentioned on a mainstream gaming website at all, a large proportion of it's readers possibly in the younger age bracket and who might not otherwise become aware of what an awesome game it is. I see no need to get all uppity about what precise choice of mods were used to introduce newcomers to Doom.
Last edited by DoomUK on 09-21-12 at 09:41