A funny thing happened today. I was browsing through my new Youtube comments today at work (during a break I promise!) and I came across this:
This comment was left on a Minecraft: Zelda Adventure video I made nearly a year ago. In this video I mention the fact that I have not finished Zelda: The Ocarina of Time and only recently finished Majora’s Mask. Now don’t get me wrong: I’m not necessarily taking this to comment heart nor am I mad at the poster or anything. I completely understand that Youtube comments can be an absolute cesspool of trolls and people who have absolutely nothing more to contribute than “F1RST!!1!!SHIFT”. If I got all bent out of shape every time someone poo-pooed one of my videos (or commentary, or game choice, or lack of Minecraft, etc.) then I wouldn’t have lasted very long at all. No …the comment simply confuses me.
Whose to say that not beating Ocarina of Time makes you not a fan of Zelda? Does it mean nothing that my family and I (mom, cousins, grandmother, etc) spent most of my childhood and early teen years playing Zelda: A Link to the Past over and over again? I have easily sunk over 500 into that Zelda game alone in my lifetime. I can swinging on a swing set and finally having the epiphany that you could use the fire rod to kill the ice monsters in the ice palace. I spent hours throwing shit into the fairy fountain just to see if I could get an upgrade like I did with the boomerang. This doesn’t even count all the time I’ve spent playing or watching other people play various other Zelda games. By the same token I could say that the poster (who, based on the data gathered by youtube analytics, is likely 12-16 years old and wasn’t even alive when LttP come out) isn’t a fan for not pouring 500 hours into the SNES game.
It just made me think about how we as gamers (and I guess humans in general) feel the need to not only quantify fandom, but also put other gamers into specific tiers. The same could be said about anything that we enjoy really: you are not a TRUE cigar smoker if you smoke infused cigars. You are not a TRUE BBQ cook if you use lighter fluid. You are not a TRUE college football fan unless you blindly support every decision the athletics program makes. Etc. etc.
I occasionally enjoy a good cigar after a long day and there is a saying from the cigar world that I think can be applied to a lot of things: ”
“Like what you smoke and smoke what you like.”
Applying this to the current situation: Why create artificial barriers between people who like the same thing? Why can’t we just enjoy a video of an awesome Zelda mod in Minecraft? Just a thought.