Like Worlds of Warcraft Only Sadder

Not to dispel the level of supreme cool that I’m sure you folks have of me, but once upon a time I used to play MMORPGs.  Ultima Online was my gateway vehicle, and through peer pressure enacted by my coworkers,  I upgraded to mainlining EverQuest in unhealthy doses.

It took an epiphany, a very sad epiphany that my life had become little more than eagerly waiting until I could spend hours upon hours killing the same polygonal monster over and over again, that allowed me to kick the habit and put my life on track again.  So, I’m no longer a junkie, and thankfully I got out before the Worlds of Warcraft epidemic hit, but having been a part of that culture for at least a spell, I think I understand it a little.

I mention this because through my daily internet wonderings, I happened upon a blog-war that reminded me exactly like a Worlds of Warcraft guild war or something… only sadder.

It would seem that the PUMAs, with Confluence leading the charge, have decided to start a war with the one and only Wonkette ,and by start a war, I of course mean that the PUMAs realized that they were being made fun of, and got really angry over it.

The end game, because there could never be any decider more definitive and fair, is apparently the 2008 Weblog Awards.

Why am I writing about this?  I just think it’s funny; there’s just something so totally internet culture about this whole business.  Of course, there’ve been blog wars before, but this perhaps more than any I’ve seen to date is both entertaining and intriguing.  A far more motivated student of sociology than I could, I’m sure, draw dozens of interesting conclusions from the antagonist pack mentalities on display here, pointing out similarities between the PUMAs vs. Wonkettes conflict and, for instance, a guild war in an online video game.

Of course, I also care because, as I’m sure you have guessed, I’m not a large fan of PUMAs (they would fall into that category of people who are woefully unaware, as I discussed during episode 2 of our podcast), and any chance to watch them mid EPIC FAIL is a joy for me.  Granted, one would have thought that the election might have provided me with enough Schadenfraude to overdose on, but… well… I have an addiction prone personality.

As for Wonkette; Wonkette’s just one of those entities you understand or you don’t.  If you don’t, you probably think the whole thing is disgusting.  But if you do, there’s quite a bit of potential for humor there.  Wonkette’s the kind of place that crosses every line because the line is there.  If you say you aren’t allowed to insult children in wheelchairs, they will go out of their way to insult children in wheelchairs (and I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that they already have).  They insult people they hate.  They insult themselves.  It’s possible they hate themselves, but it’d be hard to tell because there are layers upon layers of irony and sarcasm and self-flagellating over there that it’s difficult to sort out what is true (nothing) and what is a joke (everything).

They even insult people they like.  And they do it all in the most disgusting fashion possible.  The appeal of Wonkette is that it has no boundaries of decency, and it doesn’t care.  The only thing it cares about is getting off a good zinger, and, now, apparently making sure that no PUMA site wins any of the Weblog awards.

Inconsequential?  Yeah, pretty much.  The ultimate punchline that I think the Wonketeers get that the PUMAs don’t is that a Weblog award is for the most part itself worthless, and won’t by you a can of hobo soup.  But for those of us who remember the tribal warring between guilds in the MMORPG world, there’s just something nostalgic about watching this whole thing unfold.

4 Responses to “Like Worlds of Warcraft Only Sadder”

  1. Mark says:

    For some reason, this quote seems appropriate:

    “You only think I guessed wrong! That’s what’s so funny! I switched glasses when your back was turned! Ha ha! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia, but only slightly less well-known is this: never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha… “

  2. Hahahahaha. Yes… Yes it does.

  3. Dustin says:

    Not to miss the point of the post entirely but, seriously, what did EQ have over UO except for 3d graphics?

  4. Nothing… absolutely nothing, Dustin.

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