Thursday, August 21, 2008

friendly differences

So Darren and Brent have been catching some flack lately for saying they don't think too highly of WAR. Today, Darren asks why anyone cares? Well, here's an answer. It doesn't apply to all people, obviously. Some have a bone to pick with those two. But then there's friends.

It's only natural to want to be able to share your joys with friends. When a friend doesn't share your excitement in something, sure, you can just accept it and move on. But people often like or dislike things because of expectations, and those expectations can sometimes be changed.

For example, for a long time, a friend of mine couldn't share my pleasure in bands like Badlands and Circus of Power. He gave them a good listen, hearing out full songs, but he just shook his head and said "no thanks". After a while, though, either his tastes or his expectations changed. He was saying how awesome those bands are and asked me for copies of my CDs.

Friends trying to change your mind doesn't necessarily mean they're insecure about their love for the game. Sometimes, it means they're surprised that you don't see what they see and they're hoping -- as good friends do -- that you might change your mind and join 'em eventually.


  1. On the other hand, it can actually be more annoying when a friend is getting on your case about not liking something. Since now you kind of want them to be happy, but you still don't like what they keep trying to push on you.

  2. Yeah, there's unfriendly apathy, and then there's being pushy. Somewhere in the middle is the right way.


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