From: Loches France (but properly part of England)
But enough digression - let the trash talk phase resume between Sillyflower and Hitman.
Here goes. Someone (not Hitman for some inexplicable reason) kindly PM'd me to say he thought I had almost perfected the art of trash talk. Only others can be the judge of that, but I thought I would explain my rules for trashtalk on the forum. What consenting adults say to each other in private is not my concern.
I use the same techniques and rules for forum trashtalk as I use for doing leaving presentations at work.
1 Only do it to those who can cope and who can fight back. In forum terms the latter means never trashtalking Canadians.
2 Whilst appearing to humiliate the subject, you must never, ever do it for real or risk doing it. The trick is to appear to do it whilst making the subject look either better ( but not much!) in the mind of the listener/reader. The art is to go as close as possible to the line without crossing it. This is easier in presentations than in writing as the latter loses the nuances of tone and body language and there is no contemporaneous feedback from the subject or audience.
3 Being rude never has any place in trashtalk. Frankly I think it never has any place on the forum, and fortunately there is remarkably little rudeness on this one.
4 To say something funny about someone, there should be be a kernel of truth about them, or something they said that can be twisted and distorted almost (sic) beyond recognition.
5 Go for the man, not the ball. In other words don't use trashtalk to criticise someone's generalship. If you want to do the latter, keep it separate and constructive.
6 Mix the new with some running themes
7 Following from the above, trashtalk against an opponent who is not up to much is probably best avoided. Too much like kicking a puppy. Neither funny nor clever, and there is never any possible excuse.
8 OOOOPs. Rule 7 means I should stop teasing Hitman
9 Occasionally try to leave people wondering if you are being serious
< Message edited by sillyflower -- 4/21/2013 6:41:32 PM >
Post: I am always fearful that when I put this game down on the table and people see the box-art they will think I am some kind of neo-Nazi
Reply: They already know you're a gamer. What other shame can possibly compare?