Sparknotes version, because it’s totally not cryptic.
It seems that without fail, every discussion about gaming in Singapore has to mention NS. I’m going to invoke problem solving quote #1: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Dude, that quote is meant to stop, like, ALCOHOLISM (let’s pin its failure rate on alcoholism just being a really difficult problem to solve). Surely it can be used to tackle what I dub the “e-sports and NS problem” (they don’t work well together).
Context: That’s the serenity prayer, and has been adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous as a part of their program.
Things you cannot change
– NS. It’s not going anywhere.
– Lack of wisdom. Yes, the first third of this quote essentially eliminates the need for the last third. We don’t have wisdom to know the difference. Whatever.
Things that maybe can be changed
WOAH! Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.
There are two problems. One is very obvious. One isn’t. First, players in their prime who enter NS have difficulties keeping up with competitive gaming.
Second. Somehow or other, there are disproportionately more players pre-NS than post-NS. That kind of demographic is actually very different from many other first-world countries.
Why though? Let’s see possible reasons and think about how plausible they are.
#1 – Younger people just have more talent.
#2 – Pre-NS people just have more time.
#3 – Players who enter NS have to give up and never return.
#4 – Post-NS, most people have better things to do with their time.
#1 is beyond my understanding, so I won’t discuss it. #3 is far too broad, but generally proven to be false, so I won’t discuss it as well.
#2 and #4 are actually closely related.
See, we’re in Singapore. There’s this thing called an “education” that takes up most of your time pre-NS. You’re really not going to be THAT busy when working (you ARE if you have a child, but “parents who play games competitively” are a VERY SMALL demographic in SG), or in University, unless (here I’m comparing the time spent in JC/Sec Sch vs. time spent at work or Uni for the same person):
(a) You’re making (or slated to make) a crapton of money (doctor, lawyer, investment banker), in which case, reason #4 applies.
(b) You’re underachieving in school.
(c) You’re not in school, in which case you have a short time before NS, so *bleh*.
(d) You’re too good for our education system, in which case usually reason #4 applies.
(e) You’ve fallen to a stream which gives you too little work (SOMEONE NEEDS TO REWORD THIS TO BE POLITICALLY CORRECT).
It all boils down to reason #4. People have “better” things to do with their time after NS.
Lord of the Steakzz, Part I, talks about how it’s not NS. It’s the problems with giving the majority of power to people who fall into the above categories b to e. Here I have a different idea. Perhaps nothing needs to be done – it’ll happen on its own. Give the power to people post-NS. My grand bloghost (FURRYFISH) might advocate for more participation from female gamers. I advocate for more participation from older gamers who have “better” things to do with their time.
Because, seriously lah, one night, open one bottle, $200. One night, sit at LAN shop, $20. Best, go make a school of gaming called “Drunken DotA”. Got troll? Got rager? Got noob? Just unleash your drunken fury!
Worst case, all your friends call you no-life nerd. BUT THEN HORH, YOU CAN BECOME THIS NERD: