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Hate the Player and the Game

Are you familiar with the expression "Don't hate the player, hate the game."?

If so, does this expression seem morally acceptable to you? It does not for me.

The last part of the expression, "hate the game", is the simplest to understand and easiest to agree with. This part of the expression is an acknowledgement that the game, whatever it may be, is obviously wrong and deserves to be hated. Thus, this is not the part of the expression that is morally questionable, since it is clear and concise to me.

On the other hand, the first part of the expression, "don't hate the player", casts a moral ambiguity where there should be none. In my opinion, any player of the game is supporting the game and the continuation of the game. And since the game has been accepted as something to be hated, any player playing the game is perpetuating this morally wrong game. Therefore, any player playing the game should be hated for supporting the hated game too.

As a result, this is quite the contrary to the conclusion of the original expression; because in my opinion, it is morally dubious to also not hate any player of a game that is justifiably hated. It is my opinion that this expression intentionally tries to make a morally grey area for an issue that is black and white.

by Phil for Humanity
on 11/04/2008

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