Lion of the Blogosphere

Role queue coming to Overwatch!

In less than a week, role queue is coming to Overwatch! That means this song, which has been viewed more than 59 million times, will no longer be relevant. Overwatch players will never again have to deal with no one on the team picking support. It sure took Blizzard long enough.

(And this alternate music video of the song has been viewed another 33.4 million times. And another 9+ million views for this composite of Tik Tok memes; watch at your own risk.)

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 7, 2019 at EDT pm

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  1. I don’t know anything about Overwatch or that song. But am I understanding correctly that JaneyCakes is putting her petty ego ahead of the team? What a c*nt! She sounds like SC.

    destructure

    August 7, 2019 at EDT pm

  2. Is it possible for a Beta to turn Alpha? I believe that yes, it can be done, though it’s not easy and there’s no guarantee of success.
    The younger you start, the better. After age 25 or so it becomes more and more difficult, and soon after 30 the transformation is basically impossible.

    Some steps you can take:
    – minimize your interactions with other Betas. Hanging around with Alphas is easier said than done, and may require relocating to a different city to make a fresh start, but do your bedt. Beta-ness is contagious, so avoid Betas as much as possible.
    – don’t pedastalize women, don’t assume that a woman who makes a second’s worth of eye contact is interested in you, never grovel for a woman’s favor, and don’t ignore decent women with whom you may stand a chance in a fruitless pursuit of those far out of your league. Remember that if all else fails MGTOW’ing is an option.
    – if you’re interested in nerdy things like D&D and Wikipedia editing, don’t let them take over your life and try to keep them to yourself as much as possible.
    – while you don’t have to be a sports nut, you should learn enough about major sports, especially the NFL, to be able to participate in a conversation about sports. This isn’t actually too hard, as men who talk sports are interested more in bloviating about their opinions than in a give and take discussion.
    – while its possible for a fatty to be an Alpha, it’s a lot harder. If you are fat, drop some avoirdupois. If you are skinny, build some muscle.

    I’m sure other tips will occur to me.

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    August 7, 2019 at EDT pm

    • “if you’re interested in nerdy things like D&D and Wikipedia editing, don’t let them take over your life and try to keep them to yourself as much as possible.”

      Does that advice extend to videos of girls shooting guns?

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      August 8, 2019 at EDT am

    • I think people should spend less time worrying about whether something is alpha and focus on getting their lives in order. If one’s life is in order then why should they care if they’re alpha or not? Of course, if one has the kind of independence and drive it takes to really get their life in order then they’re probably alpha.

      But you’re right that psychology is contagious. It’s easy to slack when everyone around you is a slacker. You’re also right about not putting women anyone on a pedestal. Part of this is the realization that you don’t need anyone. When you understand that then you can keep your relationships in perspective. The other part is purely physical. When you look good you’ll carry yourself with confidence and people notice. So you had some good advice in your comment.

      I watched my favorite western for about the tenth time yesterday. It provides a lesson on what kind of attitude and values it takes to live life on your own terms. The lessons apply to more than just a gunfight.

      destructure

      August 8, 2019 at EDT am

    • This obsession with the idea that being an NFL fan is a panty-dropper is pretty weird.

      Hermes

      August 8, 2019 at EDT am

    • Eat healthy, lift weights, don’t be a pussy and you’re 90% there. Alpha and beta aren’t binary in real life. It’s a spectrum, find a girl who thinks you’re alpha. Which is easier if you aren’t a fat slob and a pussy.

      everybodyhatesscott

      August 8, 2019 at EDT am

    • “while you don’t have to be a sports nut, you should learn enough about major sports, especially the NFL, to be able to participate in a conversation about sports.”

      Agreed. It’s important in business too, as many men have literally nothing else to talk about. Here’s a tip: if you’re a casual or less sports fan, but feel knowing more would help your social / business life, when in the car, turn on a sports radio talk show. A hour of that will fill you up on whatever the big topics of the day are, the latest big trade, the current race for the playoffs, or who knows what. It’s very useful, and you can co-opt opinions and present them as your own.

      “Yeah, the Yankees have a great lineup but I don’t think they can get past Houston’s rotation.” If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re not ready for a casual sports conversation.

      Back to the original post, I’m pleased to say I didn’t understand a word of it.

      peterike

      August 8, 2019 at EDT am

    • I feel like the beta-to-alpha frame is largely a waste of effort. Better to play to your strengths and shore up your weaknesses, find yourself a good and suitable wife (not necessarily the hottest woman in the world who would ever sleep with you) and maintain enough game to keep her.

      The biggest advice I have for nerds (especially gamers): don’t try to find a girl who is into your hobbies. I see this mistake again and again. True nerd girls are few, usually fat, and even the pretty ones typically have glaring psychological problems that make for terrible wives/girlfriends. Do not expect your wife to fill the same needs as your male friends.

      Wency

      August 8, 2019 at EDT am

      • 40% of D&D players are women, so it’s viable to find a D&D playing girl. On the other hand, if your hobby is wargaming, then forget about it, that’s 95% male.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        August 8, 2019 at EDT am

      • The biggest advice I have for nerds (especially gamers): don’t try to find a girl who is into your hobbies.

        This is very good advice. There’s guy friends for this.

        everybodyhatesscott

        August 8, 2019 at EDT am

      • I’d be skeptical of the source of that stat. It’s maybe true if it means “40% of the people who have ever sat down at a D&D table are female”. The player dedication is skewed far more to the male side.

        There are three basic types of girls who play D&D:

        1. Girls who are there solely because of their boyfriend, whether he’s urging her to come or she just wants to see what he does with the guys. Everyone at the table finds them really annoying, they never have much fun, and they usually drop out before too long.

        2. Girls who aren’t THAT into D&D but have some independent motivation for being there. Often it’s because they’re nerdy outcasts and this is one way to meet up with other nerdy outcasts. Maybe they have male friends that they want to hang out with. In any case, they never develop more than a cursory knowledge of the rules, but they tend to get some fun out of the game and hang around much longer than #1.

        3. Girls who actually are dedicated D&D players, showing a full interest in the game and independently learning and studying the rules. I think I’ve met roughly 5 of these in my life, compared to probably over 100 men in this category. Of that ~5, 1 was a somewhat attractive, in-shape heterosexual.

        Wency

        August 8, 2019 at EDT am

      • D&D is a very verbal game and it’s played cooperatively with no winners or losers, so it will attract more women than other nerdy games which are strictly about moving pieces according to the rules and winning.

        Magic the Gathering is a game I’d predict to have hardly any female players, even though it’s also fantasy themed. (Fantasy themes are more attractive to women than sci-fi themes.)

        But like all things, the type of person who’s 100% committed to D&D and has memorized every Core rulebook and every supplement, that type of person is almost always male.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        August 8, 2019 at EDT pm

      • My 15 year old daughter is somewhere in between types #2 and 3. She attends a very small school and there are the ‘bad kids’ and the ‘d&d kids’ so she opted to hang around the latter. She’s very pretty and heterosexual.

        toomanymice

        August 8, 2019 at EDT pm

      • @Lion:

        I guess you can say there are a lot of elements that go into how RPGs can be played, some have wider gender disparities in enjoyment than others. So to some extent it depends on your group’s emphasis.

        I do think there’s a branch of RPGs that leans more female for the reasons you state, and that’s LARPing, especially of the White Wolf variety. I attended one of those once, just to see what it was about, and I noticed it was almost 50/50 male/female. At that point, the hobby becomes more like a drama/theater exercise, which causes it to lean more female for some of the same reasons as amateur theater.

        If your D&D group is more focused on pulling out a map and focusing on precise tactical placement of your characters in a combat situation, women hate this, for the same reason they hate wargames.

        There’s an enormous gender disparity in propensity to use the word “flank”.

        Wency

        August 8, 2019 at EDT pm

      • “I do think there’s a branch of RPGs that leans more female for the reasons you state, and that’s LARPing”

        Dressing up and cosplay does seem to attract a larger female crowd because it plays to their strengths (dressing up) and goals (increasing their attractiveness).

        Mike Street Station

        August 10, 2019 at EDT am

    • My neighbor has described to me being bullied and picked on in school as a child. His older brother also mercilessly tormented him. He said when he went to high school he decided he would start beating up anyone who bothered him, and he beat his older brother unconscious. After that no one bothered him.

      toomanymice

      August 8, 2019 at EDT pm

      • Good for your neighbor. It sounds like his brother deserved it.

        destructure

        August 9, 2019 at EDT am

  3. Speaking of Blizzard products… Lion, can I be in your guild when Classic WoW launches at the end of the month?

    unchien

    August 8, 2019 at EDT am


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