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More on the topic of unemployed young men who play video games

Commenter “Simba” provided me a link to this article (or maybe more of an essay than an article) at Reason:

http://reason.com/archives/2017/06/13/young-men-are-playing-video-ga

It’s another take on the topic of young men who are playing video games instead of working.

All of these types of articles are addressing a topic I addressed many years before (I was way ahead of the times.) This is what I wrote in 2006:

In WoW and similar games, your status increases slowly but surely every time you play. After so many hours in the game, you can see exactly how many more experience points you have, maybe your level has increased, maybe you have better armor or weapons than you had before. Unlike the real world, where you can work 40 hours of overtime and not even get paid for it, if you put an extra 40 hours into WoW you will definitely have something to show for it. Your status within the virtual world of WoW will have increased in ways you can clearly ascertain.

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In Overwatch, although your skill rank never goes up, they do give you some consolation prizes like a higher “level” and loot boxes that give you things like “skins” and “victory poses.” But I don’t care about that stuff. I feel like the real game in Overwatch is your competitive skill rank, and therefore Overwatch kind of depresses me because it demonstrates that I’m not even very good at playing video games.

Maybe I should switch to a role playing game (one of many WoW clones) which gives you the illusion that, as long as you keep putting in playtime, you’re becoming more powerful.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 14, 2017 at 7:37 am

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  1. ‘therefore Overwatch kind of depresses me because it demonstrates that I’m not even very good at playing video games.’

    The key to happiness is to function on YOUR level and not to try to do things that you aren’t cut out for expecting to excell. This is very simple and I’m getting tired if repeating it. It’s like a NAM getting frustrated that he doesn’t understand algebra, duh.

    Incidentally, same goes for finding a woman. You take one a level below yourself and you’ll be happy. Man has to rule his family and a woman needs to be able to look up to her man. This is also very simple.

    Yakov

    June 14, 2017 at 8:56 am

    • “Incidentally, same goes for finding a woman. You take one a level below yourself and you’ll be happy. Man has to rule his family and a woman needs to be able to look up to her man. This is also very simple.”

      This is no longer reasonable advice, because society denigrates men, devalues actual merit, and is overly fixated with promoting female status.

      Take a look at a dating site and see the number of fat, personality-less, aging spinsters. Makes MGTOW / Videogames look quite rational. Total fertility collapse in a generation.

      Panther of the Blogocube

      June 14, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      • This is the Talmudic advice נחת דרגא ונסב אתתא. Literally ‘descend a level and take a wife’. I dunno, in my society you can still do it and I think it’s true with the Aimish and the Muslims, but in the Gentile society in general I don’t know what goes on, they are so crazy.

        This is a Yakov

        June 14, 2017 at 7:59 pm

      • The same point is basically in the New Testament as well: “Husbands, love your wives. Wives, respect your husbands.”

        I’ve dated women “at/above my level” and “below my level”. It’s true, things are much happier below my level. When a woman starts wondering if she can do better, it’s much tougher for a man to please her. First, she’ll frequently undermine/shit-test him, and that’s not pleasant for anyone, even if he demonstrates game and passes the shit tests.

        If he supplicates, she’ll be convinced that she can definitely do better. He can try to be more generically “alpha” around her, but that often comes across as awkward and can easily backfire.

        When a man starts wondering if he can do better, a lot of women will go out of their way to demonstrate their value, if they truly look up to him. After a good home-cooked meal and some pleasant things happening to our dicks, we’ll basically be satisfied.

        Wency

        June 15, 2017 at 7:15 am

      • “First, she’ll frequently undermine/shit-test him, and that’s not pleasant for anyone, even if he demonstrates game and passes the shit tests.”

        Roissy would enjoy it. But few of us can be like Roissy.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        June 15, 2017 at 7:17 am

  2. Overwatch is a bad game if it you don’t enjoy playing it.

    An unenjoyable game is the fault of the game, not the player.

    Jjbees

    June 14, 2017 at 11:11 am

  3. 5000 words and not one of them “immigration.” Forty years of uncontrolled legal and illegal immigration and refugee resettlement has ballooned the labor supply and crushed wages, especially at the low-skill and working class levels. For an unmarried, no-dependent, low-skill, lazy young male with a roof over his head, it’s not worth getting off the couch for $8 per hour. And w/o dependents, the EITC isn’t going to help them, if they’re even aware of it.

    A family acquaintance has a 35-year old son who hasn’t worked a day in his life. He’s above average intelligence, speaks well, and is polite, but just very lazy. He lives on his mom’s property in an RV that she bought for him, and his mom pays all his bills, including food, beer, cigarettes, and his high-speed internet so he can play video games all day. I once asked the mom whether the guy had any interest in finding a mate and a job and establishing himself and she had no answer or concern.

    I’ve never played an on-line video game and wouldn’t know where to start. The last time I played a video game was Pac-Man at a neighborhood arcade in 1980.

    E. Rekshun

    June 14, 2017 at 11:18 am

    • It is like the “elites” know the problem but will not articulate it because they will have to admit feminism it wrong and un-natural. But they have to say something because it is becoming a drag on the economy. I think they reason if they can get this problem “fixed” then there will be more money for them to leech or something. I guess MGTOW happened on its own. Whatever was alt-right 10 years ago is now alt-reality.

      NotWesley

      June 14, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    • Well, it’s not only immigration and blue collar, but women that filled the ranks in office cubicles in place of college educated men. But this blog and others address the problem of crappy American jobs along all classes.

      Gov’t welfare should be more generous and earned through fake make work that is interesting, not menial like sweeping the streets, which is what welfare recipients do in welfare to work programs.

      Americans are too stupid to become innovative. They deserve their fate!

      JS

      June 15, 2017 at 10:27 am

  4. RPG’s allow people who aren’t very good to increase status just for showing up? Sounds like a participation trophy.

    destructure

    June 14, 2017 at 11:25 am

    • Or the University of Phoenix and most of the HBCUs.

      E. Rekshun

      June 15, 2017 at 4:45 am

    • I agree, it’s lame. But not all MMORPG’s are that way– Eve Online is notable (or notorious) for its cutthroat nature. Some feel it fosters sociopathy.

      anon

      June 15, 2017 at 6:45 am

    • “RPG’s allow people who aren’t very good to increase status just for showing up? Sounds like a participation trophy.”

      Generally, the more you play, the more powerful you get. The game gives you the illusion that your efforts are accomplishing something. That’s the myth they tell you in the real world, if you work hard you will get ahead. In the MMORPG world, it’s true.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      June 15, 2017 at 6:53 am

      • This is also true for Asian and South Asian businesses that benefit from Minority Disadvantaged Business Programs. Their businesses are actually like video games. There is no risk because the taxpayer subsidizes any losses through easy loans.

        map

        June 15, 2017 at 1:31 pm

  5. Great analogy and platform. I was querying keywords on being dirt poor and intellectual in the u.s and got this. Comforts me to know that some understand the impossibility of success for some, down here in the jacked rigged system designed for service idiots.

    Jacked

    June 14, 2017 at 4:41 pm

  6. I envy these guys. I majored in a “useless” subject in college and had no career plans. I would have loved to just keep loafing around and mooching off my parents after I graduated, but it wasn’t an option.

    What are all these guys going to do when their parents die? OK, I know, the official Lion-approved answer is that by then robots will provide for all our material needs and there will be a universal basic income, but what’s the real answer?

    Hermes

    June 14, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    • The answer is they will die.
      Look at the average American woman. Selfish, virtue-signalling, lacking in redeeming skills or character. Are they going to want to bail out the men they despised for all their fertile years? No way. Too bad for those guys, whose lives were doomed from the start by leftism and feminism.

      The question is whether there’s enough of a heartland left to sustain an actual culture, or whether that’s the end of America right there.

      Panther of the Blogocube

      June 14, 2017 at 7:26 pm

  7. If the Lion and his fans want to take a break from talking about inept Bernie bros trying to kill people, maybe this article on prog rock which talks a little about race and gender will provide a topic:
    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/06/19/the-persistence-of-prog-rock?currentPage=all

    Gozo

    June 14, 2017 at 5:16 pm

  8. “After so many hours in the game, you can see exactly how many more experience points you have”

    I live below my means, so my growing bank account, Zestimate, etc, is a game of life score.

    100+ hour strategy games can be real-life-subsitutes as Lion states, but they also just set the pleasure centers of the brain on fire almost the entire time you play them.

    ZZZY

    June 14, 2017 at 5:46 pm

  9. All male escapism is symptom of a psycho-sexual crisis.

    Feminism and mass imm-vasion are the reason for the crisis.

    fakeemail

    June 14, 2017 at 9:15 pm

  10. I rented a car yesterday. What an eye-opening experience.

    Hertz rents cars to Lyft and Uber drivers who (apparently) don’t have cars of their own. This seems to be the main business at the suburban Hertz location I went to. I had no idea this was happening. The drivers swarming the place looked really down-and-out. I wouldn’t want them driving me anywhere, but at least they’re trying to make a living.

    SQ

    June 15, 2017 at 3:15 am

    • America is all about money.

      Here’s the gist what America is about:

      It isn’t about national or cultural unity — this is what French Speaking Québec is all about, but this is not what America or the Anglo Sphere is about.

      It’s all about what capitalists can do to exploit its populace to its fullest when it comes to profits. This is the reason why Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg want more H1Bs from India and China. The same reason why a restaurant owner and Republicans want Mexican laborers. The same reason why Democrats want more welfare programs for NAMs.

      JS

      June 15, 2017 at 10:35 am

      • This isn’t unique to America. Men are greedy and selfish; if they ever obtain power/leverage over their fellow man they will always try to solidify and increase that advantage.

        People always sell their brother, their people, and their soul out for money. It’s a tale as old as time.

        The question is: how do you stop it? And once stopped, what is the correct system to replace it? What are the goals?

        fakeemail

        June 15, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      • To people like myself America is about freedom and opportunity. Incidentally, a friend of mine got married in Montreal like 20 years ago and at his wedding he spoke about America being exactly about that – freedom. The rich Jews thought he was strange. I probably was the only one who identified with what he was saying. Why he needed to marry a rich Canadian girl? Should have married a Russian and been happy. I think he’d married her for money. So here you have it: a guy pontificates about freedom and marries for money, which is the ultimate humiliation. In a few years he divorced her to keep his sanity his sanity. That girl never learned cook or got a job. Man, was he stupid!

        Яков

        June 16, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    • I’m renting a mid-size from Enterprise next week for five days. It’s $55/day base rate. Add in taxes and fees and it’s about $65/day. I have my own auto insurance and will rent on my MasterCard that provides some excellent protection. I’m sure these Uber drivers don’t have their own auto insurance. How can they make any money when the car rental is easily costing them over $50/day?

      E. Rekshun

      June 15, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      • I can’t figure out how 1) Lyft makes money, 2) Hertz makes money, 3) drivers make money and 4) riders get a good deal, but this is the program for Lyft drivers who rent their vehicles:

        https://help.lyft.com/hc/en-us/articles/218196557-Express-Drive-Rental-Car-Program-

        SQ

        June 18, 2017 at 3:38 am

      • I drive Uber in a major city for 10/hours everyday, make about 8$ per hour after cost. Used to do better. The rental got super expensive so I bought a new car 1 year ago, it now has 100,000/miles on it. I am bad at math, so I was trapped initially, not factoring in the costs. Can’t get a job in my field due to h1b program flooding with foreigners.

        Jacked

        June 18, 2017 at 7:15 pm


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