RobL Posted June 30, 2022 Share Posted June 30, 2022 (edited) Well this is a bit of a rant I guess... For a while now I've been coming across several unsavoury aspects in a couple of the hobbies I engage in. I currently have two main hobbies, video gaming, in particular sim racing, and miniature figure painting (which I also supplemented with scale modelling up until a few years ago). Taking sim racing as an example. In recent years, in particular with the rise of online e-sports series, there seems to have been a rise in the attitude that if you're not running a powerful computer and don't use an expensive wheel and pedal set you have no business partaking in the hobby. There seems to be an expectation that you have a certain above average level of equipment and money to throw around, regardless of your ability to be competent at the game. Using miniature figure painting as an example, there's a collecting element to it. Many older figures go for stupid prices on popular auction sites, much like OOP scale model kits. It's perhaps not quite as bad as some other hobbies though. Recently I came across a youtuber who was discussing what Lego kits people should be "investing" in. The comments section was full of people talking about how one should determine what kits will be valuable and go out and hoover them all up, sit on them, wait for Lego to retire them, then flip them for significant profits. New miniature figure box set releases by a certain company suffer from that same mentality, with scalpers hoovering up releases, which the company make limited on purpose to increase FOMO. I once had a guy on another forum try to tell me that you should be expected to have £200+ per month to dump on new products or you can forget about being in the hobby!?! I find it rather vulgar, objectionable, and disgraceful. I was taught as a kid, as I'm sure many of us were, that we share our toys with each other. Somewhere along the line, between childhood and kidulthood that message seems to have been lost on a lot of people it would seem - I don't recall the message being "go and hoover all the toys up so that no-one else has any, then expect significant remuneration from people who would like to play with those toys". I also thought that in today's society that we are all supposed to be about inclusion, and yet there seems to be a lot of gatekeeping, instituted by selfish moderately wealthy people, and their hangers on, against the less wealthy, when it comes to certain hobbies that until recently were relatively inexpensive to partake in. Of course it's pointless trying to explain the reprehensible nature of said people's mentality, because inevitably they are blinkered and refuse to understand and comprehend. Thank you in advance for indulging me in my rant, feel free to discuss, although I don't feel I have anything further to add. Edited June 30, 2022 by RobL 16 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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