So, I’ve been working on deciding on a thesis for my master’s degree and I’ve been talking to several different people about what I’m thinking about doing. My main idea is to look at the rhetoric of horror in video games. It seems like a very interesting concept to me, and I enjoy scary games so what a great way to combine things I enjoy into a school project, right?
Well, I was sharing this idea with a classmate of mine when someone I don’t know, cut me off and said, “Horror’s just stupid. It’s low brow blood and guts crap. I don’t understand why anyone, let alone someone pursuing a Master’s degree, would waste their time on it.’
Now, I understand that a lot of people find horror a waste of time, a low, base, stupid thing. Fine, that’s their business, but when you start openly insulting something and essentially calling me stupid for enjoying something…that’s a problem.
Now, no, I didn’t assault or hurt this person. I didn’t even verbally attack this person. See I have this unfortunate response that I usually get stunned into silence when someone says something like that. So I simply walked away, shocked and annoyed.
In fact, I’m still a little speechless. Still formulating a more eloquent response than a series of obscenities.
Thoughts, opinions, rage?