Some rather general discussion of guild drama and the drama llama in BA Chat got me to thinking about how we react to drama. We all whinge and moan about it – the trouble it causes, how annoying it is, how nothing is the same afterwards. The way we carry on, you would think that we all hate the drama llama. It sounds like we would be happiest if the drama llama never reared his ugly head.
Well, I call BS. And my proof?
A totally irrelevant experience in a one player game. Completely valid argument though, I swear!
I don’t know how many of you guys played The Sims. Yes, the old Sims, without genetics, or babies popping out everywhere. Well, there was an interesting NPC who was a sad clown. The purpose of the sad clown’s life was to show up when your characters were feeling depressed. He then hung around, cried a lot, and made your characters even MORE depressed. The only way to get rid of him was to cheer your characters up (near impossible with gloomy guts hanging around like a bad smell), or to call the clown catchers.
Anyway, the point of this whole little story was that there was also an artwork for sale for something like 40 simoleans (an absolute steal!) This kitschy little painting depicted a somehow familiar sad clown. If you purchased the painting and hung it on your wall, you basically guaranteed that the clown would show up at some point to ruin the party. Kinda like telling a vampire they can come in… or something.
What sort of idiot would buy a painting that would invite a depressed lunatic clown into their home?
… Well, me for one.
Don’t ask me why. I really don’t know. It always meant that I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to cheer my Sims up. They would often lose their jobs because they were too depressed to go to work. Eventually, I’d have to call the clown catchers, even though my unemployed Sims could no longer afford it**. But damn if it wasn’t amusing watching this ridiculous clown get my Sims down.
I figure, the drama llama is kinda the same. We get bored when nothing is going wrong. So, I suspect we often go looking for little ways to find trouble. Perhaps we even try to cause trouble sometimes (not that I would ever do such a thing, I swear!) Drama is interesting, and exciting, and it gives us a feeling of satisfaction when we deal with it.
Just like that damned Sad Clown.
** Good thing I have no scruples and used the rosebud cheat liberally.
P.S. Yes, I know this makes NO sense. I am currently sitting at Fiji Airport, hoping that there isn’t a random coup (Fiji has a lot of coups, compared to most countries, and our military spend a bit of time here helping out, or some such thing). I haven’t slept in… 28 hours now… I would gladly donate my left arm, and one of my kidneys, for a shower… it’s an interesting state of affairs. ‘Home’ in 11 hours though!