thread: 2005-11-28 : Closeted

On 2005-11-29, James Nostack wrote:

Vincent - I hope this isn't off-thread, but does the closeting thing apply to other areas of Geek Culture, and if so, does that have anything to tell us about gaming?

For example, I loved comic books as a kid.  I still have a nostalgic soft spot for superheroes, but mainly when I read comics these days they're "serious" things like Maus, Jimmy Corrigan, From Hell, Ghost World, etc.  And I'm kind of closeted about that too, if only because I don't want to go through the rigamarole of breaking down their misconceptions.  If I say I like comics, then I have to qualify it, and that makes me self-conscious, and I'd rather not bother with it.

Sometime in the 70's or 80's, people who were all into "serious" comics tried calling them graphic novels, to distinguish them... but I'm not sure it worked.  So, maybe my earlier idea of calling Forgey stuff "Story Games" wouldn't catch on either.

(sorry if it's somewhat off topic.)


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