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I was thinking the other day...
Why do so many people on LO seem to love anime? I don't know a single person outside the forum who watches it. Hell i didn't even really know what it was til Lord Yoss showed me some.
That got me thinking about something else. To what extent are our interests biased, based on our existing ones? Now let me try to explain what i mean (i'm not very good with words)
Many of the people here on LO seem to have similar interests in tabletop gaming, roleplaying, computer gaming etc. Now do those warhammer players like roleplaying because it fits with the fantasy theme? Because their friends play it?
Is it a coincidence that many people who listen to heavy metal dress and look similar?
Do we choose our interests or do we choose a lifestyle?
I play WHFB now and then (not as much as i'd like) but i don't roleplay or play computer games, nor do i like LOTR (shock! horror!). I'm a classical musician, yet i listen to everything from jazz to rock.
Just wondering what other people thought
Well a life style is something you do every day. For example brush your teeth ( or at least you should), sleep alot, play alot, read alot.... and many others.
I listen to all kinds of music rock to rap. Some of you may ask it is easy.
Interests are chosen by the area that you live in. If you mainly live in an area that listens to county music that is what you will listen to.
Many people choose there interests to fit in. Which makes scense because in highschool one of the most important things is your impression on people. So most people will try to fit in.:yes:
Most of the people that go to my school that don't listen to rap are either nerds or just quiet. So they don't care about their impressions. Which can be a good or bad thing.
Wow I sound like I am smart!:shifty:
A lifestyle is more than just your likes and dislikes, it's your attitude and hobbies and a myriad of things.
But I think you're quite right about similar interests flocking together, Stoney. It's only natural to want to be around those you can talk with and share experiences with. It gives you a subtle bond that connects you better than with other people.
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My work here is done. ^_^Hell i didn't even really know what it was til Lord Yoss showed me some.
I know I choose the way I live because I just find I enjoy it. I don't really go with it because it is stereo typed. I like Anime, play wargames, moderator warhammer forum, and listen to alternative music. I also play rugby, am getting into kendo. I'm reasonably computer illterate.
Simply: I fit the stereo type reasonably well, but I do break it in somecases. I like to think my lifestyle is motivated purely by what I find enjoyable. So I choose my interets, and it results in my own personal lifestyle.Well... no. I think they dress that way so they can be viewed as a collective, and feel as part of a metal fraternity. Same with indie people and dressing odly.Is it a coincidence that many people who listen to heavy metal dress and look similar?
Hope that helped... some how
I think it should be quite obvious that many interests are biased and based on existing ones; it's only natural to gravitate towards hobbies that share many qualities with your current interests because they seem more attractive to you, whereas hobbies that share no qualities whatsoever with your chosen interests do not attract you at all. There's a short way from finding an interest in knights and other medieval stuff to reading semi-authentic books about King Arthur and his knights, to reading true fantasy, to watching movies based on a fantasy setting, to playing role-playing games, LARPs, and wargames. From this, though, there's a long way to playing football or knitting.
I think that hobbies and interests form clusters, so to speak, so when you find one hobby within a cluster attractive you'll automatically feel drawn to the others as well. There would be 'fantasy' and 'sci-fi' clusters, naturally, but also 'music' clusters, 'sports' clusters, 'car' clusters, etc., and within each cluster there would be subclusters that the individual specialises in, such as wargaming over LARPing, guitar over piano, football over ice-hockey.
Sometimes clusters overlap without touching, such as when I went with a friend of mine to see 'Lord of the Rings'; I went because the movie fitted neatly with my chosen interest 'fantasy', she did because it fitted with her passion for movies. She would never play a role-playing games and I would never watch a filmatisation of Barbra Cartland, but this one movie we could actually go and enjoy together.
All in all, it seems quite natural to me that members of this forum would share many of the same hobbies because those hobbies are all clustered together with the 'wargaming' that bought us here in the first place. You'll notice that not everyone here watches anime, not everyone plays computer games, not everyone reads fantasy or sci-fi literature, but many do, and I'm ready to bet that everyone here has at least one other hobby in the cluster that contains wargaming, vastly increasing the chances that even interests that are normally uncommon would be able to find a match here. Whereas if you visit an online community dedicated to something in another cluster of interests, say football, and ask how many people there watch anime or read fantasy novels, you probably won't get much of a response.
However, I'm not so sure I would go as far as calling it a 'lifestyle' - a lifestyle is living in a way that expresses your interests and opinions through everything you do, and I'm not sure any of the clusters of interests I have would qualify for having such a large impact on my everyday life. I don't eat, live, and breathe Warhammer (much :shifty and I have other interests that I spend time on which don't have anything to do with Warhammer or sci-fi or fantasy at all.
If people ask me to define myself, 'wargamer' wouldn't be the first word off my lips - that would probably be 'medical student', which does qualify as a lifestyle in my opinion since everything I say and do is heavily influenced by my education - and I don't think 'wargamer' would be the second word either; in fact, it probably would come relatively far down the list, after words such as 'bibliophile' and 'artist'. Which is not to say that there aren't people who have wargaming as a lifestyle, I'm just not one of them.
Well, that's what I think at least.
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I do play warhammer from time to time it isnt my main interest, not at all. I usually get around 20-30 games played a year, sometimes more(this and last year is and was a good year ).
The most accurate description of me would be a movie-nerd...
with car(mainly american muscle cars)/music/games/wargaming qualities. There are of course more, I paint alot in between but yes if I were to define myself it would have to be Movie-Nerd
Last edited by danceman; November 19th, 2006 at 10:55.
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Maybe lifestyle was too strong a word, but people seem to have grapsed the idea i was trying to put across(Y)
I agree that it seems only natural to cluster these interests together, i guess i must just be an anomaly^_^
It is true that that seems to be the trend but it isn't the rule. You know? For example.
I am not a big fan of anime, and I dont even know the differences between all the different kinds of anime or whatever.
Personally, I like the hobby, but I am not really into many of the things that seem to be so popular with so many on the forum. For example the only tv that i watch is the Bears Games (chicago Bears american football).
Um im not very much into gameing but i just recently got into gears of war. That game is awsome.
Personally i think we choose our indavidual interests, not just a general lifestyle.
Trust me my lifestyle now is not compatible with my hobby at all, and im starting to suffer withdrawl from my beloved hobby.
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I think Greph pretty much covered it.
Heh, I always find it a bit amusing how she covers a topic so completely that it leaves little room for further discussion, subsiquently killing the thread :lol:
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