Thoughts, Opinions, Gripes, and Grievances


Kian Pfannenstiel, Writer

It’s funny, in my opinion, when a person mocks another’s hobbies or pastimes, especially when that person has any pastimes or hobbies of their own. I find this is most common when the hobby being mocked is that of a “nerd” or “geek.” I use these terms loosely, and by them, I mean that the person in question has a deep, almost obsessive, interest in anything abnormal.

To narrow it down to a single case, a specific example that I will use to outline why such mimicry is so ridiculous, I mention gaming. Gaming in general, not just video games, but playing-card games (like Euchre or Bridge), trading-card games (Magic: The Gathering, or Yu-Gi-Oh!), other card games (CoupWerewolf, or Cards Against Humanity), board games (from Monopoly to Axis and Allies), tabletop role-playing games (Dungeons & DragonsPathfinder, or ShadowRun), or any genre of video game.

Let’s suppose an athlete (now called Jon) who runs cross country, wrestles, and plays baseball is questioning why a “gamer” (whom I will now refer to as Chris) enjoys playing D&D, Magic: The Gathering, and RPG’s. Jon may state that he doesn’t understand the point of any of Chris’s games, but Chris feels the same about the Jon’s sports. What do you get from baseball? Cross country? Wrestling?

Now, I’m not saying there’s no benefit from those sports. To name a few, coordination, strength, endurance, and teamwork skills are all obtained from playing sports. Creativity, thinking on your toes, teamwork skills, and strategy are all attainable through the games that Chris plays. What if Jon doesn’t wonder what benefits there are, but instead he wonders why Chris takes pleasure in these things?

And to that, I have no answer. Entertainment comes not from logic but from illogic, as best I can see.

That said, it is my belief that most games have renditions or interpretations for anyone. I’m sure there’s some form of football that I’d enjoy, but, as it is currently, I can’t stand it. Many of you readers may think that D&D is just a major waste of time, though I’m sure there is a way of playing the game that you’d enjoy because of its adaptability. Not to mention, what is football? For most, it is grown men sitting on a couch, not getting anything done, just watching athletes play the game. For some it is a career, of course, but the same can be said of D&D. There has to be someone to write the rules, and they contribute no more or less to society than athletes: entertainment.

I certainly hope this changed your perspective if you did judge hobbies, but, in the end, your opinion on hobbies, as with anything else, is your own. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read my article.