Originally Posted by Chronus
There never were "religion wars" in simracing - that's an absurd idea that tries to compartmentalize people in shades (this sim, that sim, that other sim).
All that is happening is all that ever happened: people discover Sim A and say it's the best and all others are pork poo. Then, the same people move on and discover Sim D, and suddenly this sim is better than all others (including Sim A). Then, the same people happen to stumble upon this other Sim F, all very well served with its hype-machine, and suddenly believe that sim is the best and all others are dog poo (including previous passions Sim A and Sim D).
I'm not completely following you there. First you say that it's bad to compartmentalize people in shades, but then you state that people basically have always been doing this compartmentalizing by themselves by joining 'sim X
is best and the rest is poo' groups.
The fact that some people may switch groups doesn't make it less of a beliefs battle to me.
(Personally I think that the term 'religion' is a bit of an ugly term in all of this, 'belief' at least to me sounds more neutral and avoids the link with life philosophy stuff.)
Originally Posted by Chronus
Never was about religion. Human beings tend to stay with a religious faith/belief for a very long time. Only a crisis makes them turn away from that religion and dive into another.
With sims, it is only a matter of following a mass of people. Then peer pressure and the need to belong to that mass do the rest. When that mass discovers something new, its members follow it blindly. Then, asserting one's choices becomes key in attacking others and their choices.
One other thing. Never was about "fans of some sims", because right from the very beginning we have seen waves of people joining the cause of a sim and attack other people just because they see things differently. pCARS is as much victim of other racing sim fans as rF/GTR2/Race07/NKP/iRacing are victims of other racing sim fans.
My 2 cents.
I don't think that you can dismiss the comparison to religious fanaticism just because people tend to switch race sims more easily. There still are people who stick with their favourite race sim no matter what, so it certainly applies to them.
Furthermore, the fact that people defend their own peer group and castigate people from other groups, revere the maker(s) of their fav race sim and venture into personal attacks and libel of other sims' makers and of people not sharing their belief in what is the best race sim has all the tell-tale signs of of religious fanaticism. The only difference is that the personal attacks are not physical since we're talking about internet forums. But I bet that people would be burned at the stakes if given the chance
Of course all of that is not exclusive to religious faith but to just about any group-defining element. Recently it was shown that just dividing a group of colleagues into two groups by giving them differently coloured t-shirts already gave rise to rivalry and us-against-them sentiments. It's part of human nature and undoubtedly can be explained in a evolutionary context
And as stated previously, I prefer the term 'belief' instead of 'religion' in all of this.