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Misunderstood Bro Culture And Obnoxious First-Person Shooter

2016-11-08  VR     Source: 未知  
You press play. A homemade logo or two pop up maybe a clan or a made-up studio. You notice the name of the player lots of X's, maybe a 420 reference, and the rest seems incomprehensible. That's when the top 40 song begins. Then it happens:

You press play. A homemade logo or two pop up — maybe a clan or a made-up studio. You notice the name of the player — lots of X's, maybe a 420 reference, and the rest seems incomprehensible. That's when the top 40 song begins. Then it happens: a man dies. Cause of death? Headshot, intentionally timed to connect when the bass dropped (if the song happens to be dubstep.) We're watching an earnest kill montage video of a popular shooter, likely from an MLG hopeful.

You might wonder what the 'deal' with these videos are. I feel as if people outside competitive first person shooter culture watch these videos with a sense of amusement, thinking it's cute that earnest boys want to glorify their silly in-game exploits. This would explain the rise of parody videos making fun of the sincere montages: most famously, we have a series of simulator montages — Train Simulator, Woodcutter Simulator — that are ‘enhanced' with frenetic editing, obnoxious music and crazy (if not unnecessary) effects.

On the surface, they're meant to be parodies that mock the real videos. The parody videos reveal a deeper truth though: a sense of elitism that looks down on the culture that would create the unironic montage video. A culture that I fear is highly misunderstood. Let's talk about that competitive culture a bit.

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