King Philip's War Outrage: Round Two
We begin with Poniske's summary of the event:
In my response to the reporter, I thanked her for keeping her word in presenting a more balanced piece. I understand that those who are angered by the game have to be approached and quoted, but at least this time the newspaper offered the true purpose of the game. The more I read about the arguments against KPW the more I agree with my wife, "Some people refuse to be confused by the facts!"
Keep that in mind as we proceed.
Now let's see some of the responses:
Where's your evidence that replaying the war as an isolated event will educate people about its causes and effects? About its political, economic, and moral dimensions?
If there's some deep, meaningful aspect of the game we've missed, by all means let us know. Put up or shut up, in other words.
"True purpose" is obvious
Actually, I'm sure most people get the idea of historical simulations. I know I do. Poniske explained the "true purpose" above and seemed satisfied with his explanation.
The people leading the protests have visited the King Philip's War website and read the rules. Do you have any more information about the game than they do? If so, go ahead and present it. Again, put up or shut up.
Here we see the ever-idiotic "intent" argument again. News flash: What people intend and what they achieve are two different things, bright boy. Duhhh.
Some of the protesters have talked about the game's glorifying the colonists or the war, but I haven't. My arguments are the only ones that matter here.
I say the game ignores the war's historical context and moral dimensions. In other words, it sanitizes the war. Feel free to stop blathering and start addressing this argument.
Gamer unclear on what "fact" is
The game is still in pre-production mode. As far as I know, no one except the designers have seen it. Yet everyone here is talking as if they're experts on this particular game.
Nice try, boys, but I'm calling you on it. Prove to us that you've seen and played this game--that you're not talking out of your asses. Go ahead...we're waiting.
Perhaps the stupidest statement on this page is, "It protrays a historical fact, period." Really? So it's a fact that both sides decided whom to attack or massacre by the roll of a die? That the colonists and Indians had different goals: capturing towns vs. capturing leaders? I'd love to see the historical basis of those "facts."
What the game portrays is a small slice of "historical fact" abstracted to the point of unreality. What it doesn't portray is the historical context, moral dimensions, or consequences of that "fact."
It's much like a Columbus game where the object is to sail across the ocean. Or a Nazi game where the object is to herd people into railway cars. Without context, the game is false or misleading even if it's technically "accurate."
Gamer tackles Rob...look out
Someone dared to comment on my Protesting King Philip's War Game posting:
The people defending Poniske without having seen the game are the only ones acting like religious nuts. These people have "faith" that games are harmless because their designers say so.
Gamer almost "gets it"
Poniske's posting isn't all bad. Someone named Nico actually tries to understand the Indians' position:
Also, it doesn't help that all of the places on the map use the Colonist names and borders.
As for your fellow gamers, it sure is funny to hear white people who know nothing about the war lecture Indians whose ancestors fought in it about historical accuracy. It couldn't be more obvious that these gamers are reflexively defending their pastime without thinking. That they're parroting Poniske because "white makes right."
Gamers show their true color(s)...white
Finally, we see what's really behind the defense of this game. As in every other conservative protest recently, white gamers assert their power and privilege. They won the war(s), so they get to write history, and no one can tell them differently.
In other words, watch as the racists come out of the woodwork:
Nice that your game appeals to racists, Poniske. Good thing you stripped the war of its moral dimensions so the Indian haters can enjoy killing the greedy bastards. That should make the game popular with all the Indian-bashing conservatives out there. Congratulations.
For more on the subject, see Reactions to King Philip's War Game and "It's Just a [Fill in the Blank]."