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  1. #1
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    Is anyone else bothered by these types of "games"?

    I love to pass time on the Name Game Forum. It's fun and stress-relieving...but I keep seeing these games where there is an elaborate story that you are meant to choose names for, but the stories involve infertility, miscarriage, death of a child, etc. I am so disturbed by this. Am I being overly sensitive? It's an issue I've struggled with personally so maybe I have a stronger reaction than most? I just find this terribly offensive. Do others?
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    I find some of them to be in poor taste, yes. I'm not bothered by them, probably because I don't see them since I rarely check that forum. I'd rather it be on the game forum than on the other forums presented as reality though. Why someone would want to pretend to suffer is beyond me. Life is hard enough, why pretend it's worse? Romanticizing tragedy must come from people who haven't faced the ugly side of life yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redwoodfey View Post
    Romanticizing tragedy must come from people who haven't faced the ugly side of life yet.
    This exactly.

    The BNGs are played almost exclusively by the <18 set (maybe the <15 set). To them the stories simply sound dramatic and result in lots of babies to name, plus some big life roles to sort out (usually the protagonist manages to get married and land a hot career in the same story). Even though they frequently involve infant or perinatal death, homelessness, rape, abuse, abandonment, heartbreak, and other forms of human ugliness, the plucky heroine pulls through, which is all that matters when you're a sheltered adolescent with incompletely developed empathy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blade View Post
    This exactly.

    The BNGs are played almost exclusively by the <18 set (maybe the <15 set). To them the stories simply sound dramatic and result in lots of babies to name, plus some big life roles to sort out (usually the protagonist manages to get married and land a hot career in the same story). Even though they frequently involve infant or perinatal death, homelessness, rape, abuse, abandonment, heartbreak, and other forms of human ugliness, the plucky heroine pulls through, which is all that matters when you're a sheltered adolescent with incompletely developed empathy.

    Stages of life.
    I'm fourteen, and yes, I do visit the name game forums a lot (not that much anymore, but still often). I don't often engage in the ones with a heavy emphasis on stories- I usually just like the CAFs with name banks to find interesting combinations I never would have thought of before and organizing them in a fake family.

    But for the ones that aren't just lists of names, I believe they are a form of storytelling. They're a bit like role playing, and it's fine for the people who engage in them. I read a lot of YA, and many of the novels deal with 'adult' and 'disturbing' issues like rape and abandonment- and although most of these are a lot better quality than the name games, both are life- somewhat.

    While I doubt that any of these games are inspiring, bad things happen. And while having twelve kids is highly unrealistic, even simple name games can show that you can make it through all the crud that happens in life.


    *My other comment is totally not name related, but has to do with your comment about adolescence. I'm definitely not an expert, but I am one, so I would like to point out that the best reading makes you sympathize with the protag, and the books you remember have to do with issues that relate to your life. While some adults (I don't mean you) like to pretend that abuse doesn't happen, it does- and stories about people 'like you' overcoming horrible stuff is actually inspiring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blade View Post
    This exactly.

    The BNGs are played almost exclusively by the <18 set (maybe the <15 set). To them the stories simply sound dramatic and result in lots of babies to name, plus some big life roles to sort out (usually the protagonist manages to get married and land a hot career in the same story). Even though they frequently involve infant or perinatal death, homelessness, rape, abuse, abandonment, heartbreak, and other forms of human ugliness, the plucky heroine pulls through, which is all that matters when you're a sheltered adolescent with incompletely developed empathy.

    Stages of life.
    Oh yeah, there are lots of these games circulating here. I would never start a thread like that, or comment on one for that matter. They are disturbing to me personally and definitely not a good way to pass your time on an otherwise positive site. This site was made for names, not annoying stories about drama and scary stuff.
    ~Tali~


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