The Wild Hunt comes out this year, and I, for one, will be skipping it.
A friend of mine posted the trailer in his Livejournal, and I’m sure if you really want to you could track it down. The tagline for the movie is “It’s no longer a game.” Yes, you guessed it, a Medieval Re-enactment/LARP goes horribly awry because us Nerds, we’re all just one vaguely annoying incident away from a psychotic break. As a group. All of us. Together. My only consolation is that SCA-ers can share some of the angst and woe this time, instead of just roleplayers/LARPers.
The premise according to the trailer, and what I’ve been able to suss out, is that one of the players’ boyfriend comes looking for her, gets into a fight with her and a scuffle with some of the other players and suddenly NERDS GONE WILD!!!!! There’s real killin’ and rapin’ and sacrificin’ because, as I said before, we’re all one annoying encounter from sociopathy here in Nerdville.
Can you tell I am displeased? I knew you could.
Mostly I am displeased because after decades of dealing with the bullshit caused by THIS movie, and also working on a concom both the year that a young man who had at one time played roleplaying games killed the family of a girl he had a crush on, and the following year when it went to trial, I am full up on bullshit Nerdist tropes like this. Seriously. The year the kid killed that family, the press were all over Rustycon like flies on poop. We actually had to eject the reporter and cameras for one local station for trying to crash the Pagan Drum Circle at midnight after we had asked them to please respect people’s spiritual beliefs and leave them the hell alone. They wanted to know “what we were hiding.” The next year was only marginally better. I don’t believe I have ever said “No” quite so many times to so many clueless mundanes.
And believe me, if THAT didn’t push me over the edge into becoming a whirling machine of death, nothing will.
Ok, look, I can see one of two motivations for this movie. The first, and most likely, is that it was made by a couple of clueless dickheads who buy into “NerdRage” being more than just frothing at the comic shop over the new Enterprise schematics. The second, and infinitely more annoying one, is that it’s a couple of nerds themselves who see this as a revenge fantasy. In either case, knock it the fuck off, assholes. Because I’m one of the people who are going to have to field the plethora of idiotic questions and assumptions engendered by your “masterpiece,” and I’m already sick of it.
Although, I think the SCA people are probably going to get it worse when people who’ve seen the movie start asking why events don’t look like the scenes in that movie. The nerds in that film had a WAY better costuming budget than most of my SCA friends anyway.
Anyone want to get in on a betting pool as to when local “newsmagazine shows” start doing specials on the dangers of D&D and the SCA?