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Okay, I don't really want to give this thing any free advertising, but we got a flyer for "Macbeth: The Video Game Remix," a play going on this weekend as a part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival. The description alone would keep any self-respecting gamer from seeing the show.
According to the back of the card, the play's plot can be summed up like so:
"Scotland is pwned as Shakespeare’s classic tale of treachery and bloody revenge warps into an online world of group raids, elf assassins, and multiplayer quests. It’s the story of a n00b destined to be king…if he can ever make it past the first level."
I'll admit that Macbeth is one of my favorite plays, but this is mainly insulting because I'm a gamer, not because I was an English major. Fact: words like "n00b" and "pwned" are what non-gamers say to appear in-the-know. They only show up on marketing materials for movies, food, and accessories that companies hope gamers will buy.
Using those perceived gamer-words (along with similar fake words like "leet," "uber," and "epic fail") sounds exactly like when a lame parent misuses some piece of slang in a weak attempt to sound hip. It's obvious and painful, and a giant red flag indicating that the people involved don't know the first thing about games. At Ubisoft's E3 press conference this year, Mr. Caffeine exuded this phoniness. I hated him.
Granted, I haven't seen this show, so I can't actually speak to its quality. But that's not what this is about; it's about the fact that I have no desire to see the show because of how false the gamer-cred appeal rings to me.
If any of you Twin Cities residents get out to the Fringe Festival this weekend, I'd love to hear your reviews of this play. I'll tell you what, though: From the description, I bet it sucks.
UPDATE: The director of the show, Bill Stiteler, posted in the comments below. Since I was admittedly harsh in the post above, I figure that it's only fair to have both perspectives represented, so I'm putting his response here.
I should probably respond to this since I'm the co-writer and director of the play.
To begin, you can read the reviews of the play here:
And the reaction from people who identify themselves as gamers is, by
and large, that they love the play. Both my co-writer and I are huge
nerds and gamers, and wrote it to reflect, in a humorous but accurate
way, gamer culture. One of the things that drives me nuts is when shows
get nerd culture wrong.
That I used "n00b" and "pwned" in the advertising (which I wrote) is
because I still see them used in-game, and *because* they're entering
the general vocabulary, letting both hardcore and casual gamers (along
with the people who live with them) know what the play is about.
Strangely, one of the criticisms we've been getting is that if you're
*not* in gamer culture, you won't get some of the jokes.
In all sincerity, I think this is a great show. If you'd like to see
it, Mr. Juba, we have three more shows (Thurs. Fri. and Sun.) If you'd
like to come see it, let me know and I'll arrange comps. I gave you
friend the postcard for the show because after a long chat with her
about her friends, I honestly thought they'd be interested.
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Wow, first I can see why you hate Mr. Caffeine, and second, I wouldn't go to that show either.
Doodly Doodely Doodely Doodely!
I have nothing to say about the play, I haven't seen it, but I do agree that fake gamers, as in the recent example of Mr. Caffeine are obnoxious. Just like a real sports fan knows when someone is just a casual onlooker at a game, most gamers know when someone is just trying to meet the stereotype. Just because you know the lingo doesn't make you a gamer, I know who the Mavericks are but I have no clue who their players are or any real information about them.
That's my opinion at least.
I got the exact same impression from that card honestly.
I hate Mr. Caffeine and yeah, the Macbeth thing in a fail simply,Shakespeare is facepalming in his grave.
I just don't think that anything Shakespeare needs to be meshed with gamer culture. Also, the description of the play is quite painful and even if I didn't play video games I would avoid the play on the sole basis that, after reading the description, I would rather go watch The Wiz than ever see this play. So, I have to agree with Joe Juba on this matter.
*** Juba, he pwned you good and made you look like a n008.
Kind of harsh Joe...
I clicked on this log just because of the poster... Pretty enticing.
If you see it, give us an update. I'd like to know if it is bad or ends up being good and that the descriptors were just ironic.
Looks like it could actually be good haha, despite the painful plot summary.
And thanks for the heads up about "noob" and "pwned", I've been using those terms pretty frequently, probably coming off as a *** noob.
As a life long gamer and holder of a Bachelors in acting I couldn't agree with you more on the cheep use of language to relate to a broad audience.
However, the clip makes the play seem like a passable farce. I am just curious what impression it would give to non-gamers about our culture. Personally, I would be more interested in seeing an adaptation the the original text directed in the context of an online guild. It seems if there is one thing more vicious than the ambition in the Scottish play, it is the machinations of raid guilds.
They should make a video game of Macbeth and make it Heavy Rain style! Just imagine being Macbeth and having the shake the controller to plunge your dagger into Duncan. Then the camera transfers to Duncan view (first person style) as the dagger goes in and you see Macbeths shadowy face. Then you plays Macduff in his final battle with Macbeth later in the game for the most amazing concluding batte ever! AM I right or what!?