Driven by hunger, a fox tried to reach some grapes hanging high on the vine but was unable to, although she leaped with all her strength. As she went away, the fox remarked, 'Oh, you aren't even ripe yet! I don't need any sour grapes.' People who speak disparagingly of things that they cannot attain would do well to apply this story to themselves.
The story of the Fox and the Grapes seems very appropriate to gaming and gamers. It exemplifies the cognitive dissonance I'm sure many of us feel. And I've been reading (and probably contributing to) posts that keep re-hashing the same things, over and over.
I'll admit it. I've listened to some gaming podcasts and read gaming blogs and wondered why I can't game that way, like the fox trying and trying to reach the grapes. Then part of me says "but their games probably won't be fun for me," again like the fox leaving without satisfaction and expressing her bitterness.
What's the solution? Maybe admitting that I've not yet reached that level of gaming, whether that's up or down the scale - if there is truly a linear scale and it's not a 3D spatial map like I suspect (or delude myself into believing) or even there is an up (bad, 'cause I'm not there yet) or down (good, because I've passed there).
So, maybe, some day, I'll reach those grapes. It might be this year or during my lifetime. Then again, maybe I won't. But I hope that I have some good games, nonetheless.
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