April 12, 2016

Dark Souls 3: “How a video game can instill conservative values into a bunch of dorky nerds”

Joshua LiebleinRebel Blogger

A video game named Dark Souls III will be released this month, the latest in a series of critically acclaimed and extremely difficult video games.

I did not include the Dark Souls games in my list of the six best video games for conservatives because the Dark Souls games are not video games for conservatives. Instead, they are games that create conservatives, in the same way that the military takes raw recruits, puts them through basic training, and makes them into soldiers. (Those of you with a military background who are reading this would likely not say, "The military is for conservatives.")

I won't bore you non-gamers with the specifics of the Dark Souls experience. The Internet is festooned with rapturous detailings of what it's like to walk through Sen's Fortress or Blighttown for the first time. You're not interested in wordy analyses of the intentionally sparse plots or the intricately detailed boss battles.

But I bet you're just the tiniest bit interested in how a video game can instill conservative values into a bunch of dorky nerds.

Well, I'll tell you: The Dark Souls games are built to teach gamers all about STANDARDS.

The concept of standards is fundamentally conservative. At some level, if you are a conservative, there is some standard worth preserving for you. Capitalism and the economy are built around standards- this thing is worth this amount, this thing is worth a greater or lesser amount, and so on.  

Conversely, every move made by progressives is towards the goal of relaxing standards. They hate standardized testing. They don't care about debts and deficits. They despise the cisgendered white skinny "ideal" of beauty. The West and what it stands for is disposable, etc.

At its core, progressivism is lackadaisical, relativistic, and nihilistic. Everyone's perspective is equal and equally valid. You don't matter- the collective matters. There are no standards.

In Dark Souls, everything down to the slightest detail matters and feels important. Your character bears the suitably epic label of the Chosen Undead, or the Bearer of the Curse, and you traverse landscapes right out of Milton's Paradise Lost where every setting tells a tale of ancient glory decaying into the mundane, while fighting gods and dragons and eldritch abominations along the way. Death is everywhere and every step is fraught with danger, to the point where you crawl along in the darkness, searching for something that will give you an advantage. You agonize over whether to use your precious few items now or later. Your behind is kicked mercilessly until the game has run out of ways to trick you, and then you find yourself becoming the hunter, or something else entirely.....

This crucible produces players who are suitably proud and boastful of their achievements, critical of "skrubs" and "casuls" who are just starting out and taunting them with the hashtag #gitgud, which has become a callsign for #Gamergate itself and synonymous with rigorous, no-shortcuts practice. These players are disdainful of coddling and intolerant of whiners, yet they are happy to stop and leave messages for each other, pointing the way to the discoveries they've made.

These gamers are, I dare say, conservatives, and they got that way because Dark Souls forced them to endure punishingly high standards. It's too bad that this lesson stops when you shut off the game system.

SJWs will eventually twig onto the fact that the reason why they cannot infuse video games with progressive values is that gaming is inextricably linked to skill, and that gamers demand quality, not equality.

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commented 2016-04-12 23:58:58 -0400
Frank Mann, I don’t have an F’n clue what you are talking about.
and no, I am not white, gay or female.
please enlighten me with your service record or STFU.
commented 2016-04-12 21:49:18 -0400
It is frightening to think how young people, and in gaming particularly boys, are drawn into this world, are affected by, influenced and manipulated by games and videos.

These kids carry this addiction into adulthood and rather than being a parent, working outside (or a job for that matter), participating in social activities (which actually teaches social skills), they are stuck behind a computer.

They want jobs where they can dress like slobs and don’t have to move away from their laptop.

And you wonder why so many men in their 30s are still living at home with their parents?
commented 2016-04-12 14:29:03 -0400
@ Bill Elder, you must be from the baby boomer generation. Games have existed for decades now, and those gamers of the past are now functional members of society today. Gaming has just evolved but is fundamentally the same since consoles like Atari or Colecovision. It’s a pretty big statement to say all old school gamers are from the 70’s/80’s are complete losers today.

The most “vile and addictive form of escapism” is now social media, where the stupid can all congregate to share their idiotic theories and to create SJW movements. The internet has made us stupid, not games. You won’t find anyone more anti PC than gamers.
commented 2016-04-12 13:59:28 -0400
Those in the comments decrying games

Actual Issues? Video games make more per year than the Film industry, in sheer tax income alone makes them a valid issue

Gaming is for no life or reject reality? Pray tell me good sir, do you decry a good book in the same way?

Dark souls in particular is a game that has much, MUCH love from those who play it.
The gameplay is punishing, but it makes it so refreshing and satisfying to finally figure out what you needed to do to avoid that instant kill that got you the 1st 12 times
The story is not spoon fed to you, if you are interested it makes you look for it. It makes you try and weave the different threads together to fill the huge gaps in the tapestry of the plot.
commented 2016-04-12 13:54:09 -0400
In response to Acuuna: When has the military ever maintained “a principle evenly and consistently throughout the ranks?”
Are you gay? Are you non-white? Are you female?
The military is an employ of society. In today’s world the trend is toward reflecting society not some white Christians vs. non-white NP/NC’s (most WC’s won’t get the reference).
commented 2016-04-12 12:10:53 -0400
the military does one thing that politicians and civilians alike have very little concept of or practical experience with.
it maintains a principle evenly and consistently throughout the ranks.
that does not occur outside of the military.
commented 2016-04-12 11:46:41 -0400
Video games? You do realize we have actual issues that need to be dealt with here in reality right?
commented 2016-04-12 10:53:06 -0400
Gaming is for those with no life or who reject realities – the most vile and addictive form of escapism and denial