261: Zero Punctuation: Achieving the Cross-media Transformation of Ludological Hermeneutics

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I read the first paragraph and really couldn't muster the effort to read anymore, so I came here, and I'm pretty glad to find out it was a joke. I remember someone doing the exact same thing on a forum in an attempt to sound smart, only in that case, it didn't actually make any sense...

I don't know whether to be ashamed or proud that I could completely understand it :(

Well, that was a downright dense and largely pretentious article. I love it! I think I'll have to go read that once more...and make sure I got all that right the first time...

ed- What makes that really funny, it reads almost identically to any "in-depth" artist crtique or gallery review I've ever read. If you word something densely and obscurely enough, it sounds transcendently intelligent and revolutionary no matter how many times you slice it.

ugh, where did this person learn to write? The transitions are so boring. (The first rhetorical approach..., The second rhetorical approach..., The third rhetorical approach...) Cmon, that's third grade stuff!.

CitySquirrel:
After the Rebecca Mayes video, I expect everyone to say he only invoked Yahtze's name in order to get page views.

This might be framed as a joke, but it is not entirely without merit. Deconstructing "to try and find the symbolism" is really just a way to look at peoples underlying assumptions.

Except his article was far more amusing and far less baffling than Rebecaa Mayes video, which even Yahtzee (atleast this is the impression I got from his twitters and blog comments) didn't seem to understand.

rileyrulesu:
ugh, where did this person learn to write? The transitions are so boring. (The first rhetorical approach..., The second rhetorical approach..., The third rhetorical approach...) Cmon, that's third grade stuff!.

I would say technical writing in university, the article reads like a technical document, which makes sense as that appeared to be the author's intention.

my_ledge_ends:
I'll save you time, marioman - it's a joke article. He's basically saying that Yatzhee accuses Dragon Age of encouraging genocide while simultaneously critiquing the male ego as insecure and homophobic. It's a load of hogwash obfuscated by turgid dialogue intended to infuse the reading with a certain sense of highminded sophistication befitting the cultural descent into the ascending integration of highmindedness befitting the proper age we are now entering as demonstrated by said article (c wut i did thar?).

I concur.

Although it does have a pleasant side-effect. ++INTELLIGENCE!

(That's "!" as in "exclamation", not as in "not".)

Ha, great 'article'. Is Max Steele a real person? If so, he should have a showdown with Andrew Hussie over the most nebulous text that is still readable. Or maybe just actually beat each other to death.

If he is a real person he should also get me a Miskatonic University hoodie.

It's too bad he didn't do this on the entire ZP body of work, who knows what we'd find once we analyze all that at once.

This: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/orwell46.htm. And even if it was a joke, it was less than humorous.

tautologico:
The collaboration with Alan Sokal in the bio was a nice touch :)

I actually thought it was probably serious until I read the last part about working with Sokal... I actually rewatched the Dragon Age review and looked up Max Steele on wikipedia... though. lol =)

The only problem is that the article actually almost made sense.. It was a bit too coherent and the language wasn't actually used that poorly. The thesaurus wasn't used enough to come up with enough obscure language either I think. It was actually I think pretty well written for a joke article. But after all, some of the best satire makes some people think it may be serious (or be serious in intent) such as "A Modest Proposal."

Woah...
Thesis-level babble right there.

Who else wants more obfuscating articles by Max Steele? I know I do!

An effluent dissertation on the metafictional authoritarian Social Darwinist narrative present through much of the literary genre of epic fantasy, in the vein of Norman Spinrad. Indubitably, sirrah!

That was awesome, "Max Steele".

I hope the giggle gotten from making this article was worth killing off half the readers by way of head explosion from the first paragraph.

JeppeH:

ark123:
He just wrote an article with a lot of unnecessary intellectualism so you guys would theorize on how this is funny.
But it's just not. When you have to explain the joke, you've failed as a comedian (Louis C.K.)

When you have to have the joke explained the joke was not meant for you.

By that reasoning everything is always funny. I mean, you haven't asked every person on earth, right?
When a joke isn't funny, the comedian misjudged his crowd.
A few sycophants will grin and say "HEHEHE BIG WORDS, HURRRRR", but most people won't bother reading it, and the ones that do will find it's void of Teh Funneh.

The Random One:
Ha, great 'article'. Is Max Steele a real person? If so, he should have a showdown with Andrew Hussie over the most nebulous text that is still readable. Or maybe just actually beat each other to death.

If he is a real person he should also get me a Miskatonic University hoodie.

It's too bad he didn't do this on the entire ZP body of work, who knows what we'd find once we analyze all that at once.

You, sir, get an Internet for referencing Miskatonic University.

I spotted a lot of 'SAT words' I had to learn last year. All in all it looks like something I would have written in 30 minutes for the AP exam.

Pseudo-intellectual FTW!

I would like to read this but.. I just can't be fucked. Never written this before but:

TL;DR

It appeals to my high-minded idealism whilst simultaneously stimulating my elevated mental capacities, insofar as they are able to be stimulated, and led to mine ultimate reaction of mirth, to whit; contemplating the obfuscation the articulate article would impose upon lay-men, ne'er-do-wells, and other ignominous miscreants who aught bestow recompense for their enormities and plethora of other attrocities of ignorance that they propagate all too regularily.

~or~

I lol'd.

An original perspective, and well executed, but not funny enough for a whole article. I understand this sounds fun on paper (no pun intended), but personally I just read the first paragraph, got the joke, and skimmed through the rest of the article to check if you'd try something else after a few hundred words.

I won't mind a 'gimmick-article' like this if it doesn't happen too often, but I still feel a bit like someone stole my 4th article, this week.

Hmm, after previewing this post I realise that I sound a lot like someone who doesn't enjoy living anymore. Maybe I should start making videoreviews with a yellow background? ;)

ark123:

JeppeH:

ark123:
He just wrote an article with a lot of unnecessary intellectualism so you guys would theorize on how this is funny.
But it's just not. When you have to explain the joke, you've failed as a comedian (Louis C.K.)

When you have to have the joke explained the joke was not meant for you.

By that reasoning everything is always funny. I mean, you haven't asked every person on earth, right?
When a joke isn't funny, the comedian misjudged his crowd.
A few sycophants will grin and say "HEHEHE BIG WORDS, HURRRRR", but most people won't bother reading it, and the ones that do will find it's void of Teh Funneh.

To quote one of my favorite poets 'those who only take seriously in earnest and jest for jest understand both equally bad' (Piet Hein; translated from danish - hope it makes sense)

And I read it all and found it funny. And I can see others in this thread who likewise found it funny.
Your conclusion that everything is thus funny may actually be correct (I believe it is) seen in the right perspective.

If you can't laugh about the absurdities and tragedies in life I feel a slight pinch sorry for you.

Love it. Dem big words dun be might confusing :/

I didn't need all this first thing in the morning. Though I get the impression the obscure wording put in there for the sake of it did make the writer look a tad pretentious. (Either that, or he was gunning for an A+ from his college professor.)

Half way through this I realized that I was being trolled.Good one, you Escapist bastards.

While I'm not trying to rail against the apparent hatred for university level writing that seems to be building in this thread, this article is actually an interesting outlook on an actual problem within the gaming community. Regardless of whether it is a joke or not, whoever wrote it did actually seriously analyse Yahtzee's video.

It's like my English teacher used to say, "Sure, I insert more meaning into Macbeth than Shakespeare did. That doesn't mean it's not there."

The artist does not have the final say on meaning.

Well, that went about a page too far and flew past the border of 'clever/funny' into 'outright tedium', IMO. By going on that long, the author basically told the same joke three times.

I originally thought the obfuscating language and pretentious tone were actually in homage to Yahtzee.

Did anyone else read through the whole thing thinking "you're just reading waaaaay too much into this," only to think "FUUUUUCK! Goddamned trolls...." upon reading the last two words?

Well played. Well played indeed.

Jonluw:
I had no idea ZP had all those underlying messages.

And did the writer of this article purposefully make it a hell for non-native english speakers?

It was a joke article. He's making fun of college and uni graduates who do this type of thing.

Uh, cute... joke? I Guess? All that excessive verbiage made for a terrible read however, it was a chore to get through. Any actual meaning buried in there is probably lost on most, including myself as it didn't amuse me and certainly didn't say anything actually insightful, so...

Also wth is a ludologist?

wooty:
Extremely in depth there, lots of big words. I usually just watch ZP for the laugh, never try to think in detail about all the hidden messages really.

Maybe because there isn't?
All those long words trying to convey "hidden messages" reminds me of the IGN person trying to convince us that Metroid was to games like Kane was to movies.

EDIT: I guess now the joke is on me for thinking such pretenciousness was intentional... Well played.

Ugh, did he really have to introduce those latter paragraphs as "The first..." "The second..." "The third...". That always drives me up the wall.

Quite amusing. I tip my hat to you, sir, for offering this little amusement to me.

He even linked to the Sokal wiki page and people are still trying to figure it out XD Well done.

Maur DL:
ludologist

ludos, latin, meaning "game". "-ology", from logos, meaning "word", now meaning "study of".

A Ludologist is a studier of games, or expert in game studies.

Four pages of commments already and nobody mentioned that they misspelled Hermeneutics twice in the article? First, in the article's header and second in the blurb after the article.

While I'm not sure Yahtzee could be called a feminist, he definitely delivers interesting points on his reviews, cleverly coated with sex jokes. Maybe this is his thing, he makes the readers laugh by twisting biting criticism, embarrasing non sequiturs, and internet randomness into a delicious pretzel?

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