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10-25-2010 @ 6:14PM
"They're like retired Navy SEALs attempting to turn a paintball match into a military mission."I don't actually see any negative words in that sentence. Any negative implication you find there is yours alone. It's an analogy that purely provides recognizable identifiers of skill and aligns them against an activity with a recognizably disproportionate skill requirement. Your objection probably stems from the fact that this stereotyped hypothetical individual DOES exist, and that they are being compared to the cited individual problem-maker who you perceive as a jerk. It's called Transference. You'd be fair in expecting the average netizen to be unaware of the phenomenon and its effect on their perceptions, which you can absolutely call the writer out on if it were deliberate. I doubt it is. If anything, in an attempt not to demonize the player, I'd suspect the article of an almost fond sort of pity. The most negative thing that he's even said about the =player= is that his expectations were too high and that he appears to have taken his frustration out on the other guild members. It's hardly a lambasting.If you've ever played more than two games of paintball, you've probably encountered the veteran who takes the game too seriously. Should we respect them for their heroic contributions to our safety? Absolutely. Should we respect what they are attempting to do to a friendly, non-competitive game between friends? Not so much. Personally I'd have gone with the ex-pro athlete coaching the little league and making the kids run til they puke as an analogy, but the glove fits.
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