Perspectives and Retrospectives: The Series

The FUoS project began over a year ago as a stupid joke site by a bunch of sarcastic jackasses with nothing better to do on a weekend except chat on IRC and make fun of people. The domain was purchased, WordPress installed, test post was made, a few social media pieces were later secured and we were “go.”

Kinda makes you think about all those silly ideas you and your friends come up with over a few beers that are like, “Oh man we should TOTALLY do that ahahahaha” (but then usually never do). Everything looks different now. None of us involved have escaped entirely unchanged from our participation in this “joke.” While we keep FUoS fairly de-personalized and not entirely a reflection of ourselves, it would be silly to say that our own feelings, motivations and biases don’t play a part in the final output. We’ve stuck largely to the failblog formula and it has achieved great things in its simplicity. Those achievements have made me hesitant to change anything. However, I (finally) realized it would be a disservice to the project itself to not at least acknowledge what it’s accomplished and meant to us over the past year. FUoS may not be very personalized to the four of us, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t responsible for it.

For the next four Wednesdays (starting next week), you will see a retrospective post on what a year of FUoS has meant to one of us. This will be straight-up, no-holds-barred, explicitly personal interpretations of any length and topic the author desires. My hope is that by exposing a little more of who we are and what we bring to the table, we can do right by the project, which is honestly quite a lot bigger than the four of us. Maybe we can give a little insight into what we don’t talk about. Maybe we can provide you with new and interesting ways to evaluate and critique the positive and negative aspects of the project. I haven’t seen all of what everybody’s written yet, so maybe we will accomplish none of that. Maybe it’ll just be weird because some of us probably have different views that could contradict with those of other FUoS staff members. But hopefully it will at least be interesting.

Again, FUoS isn’t about us — but we can’t deny the participation of our various personalities and biases that shape it. And since we’re the ones with the dumb idea and offensive domain name, it’s our responsibility to provide you with this broader view. We hope you’ll enjoy this series, but don’t worry, it won’t interrupt the current post schedule. If you care to join us, we’ll see you for the first entry next Wednesday.

Updated to include links to the series:

Vol. 1, by jaspir

Vol. 2, by inklesspen

Vol. 3, by gtz

Vol. 4, by likeOMGitsFEDAY

  • http://www.facebook.com/leslee.beldotti Leslee Bottomley Beldotti

    As an older woman gamer (I remember playing Pong at a friend’s house in the late 70′s)  I find some sense of refuge in reading this blog.  It’s comforting to poke fun at the raging misogyny and sexism that exists in online gaming, and to know that I’m not alone in dealing with it.  Thank you for following through on your “silly idea”! I look forward to reading your individual posts. 

  • http://twitter.com/icy_wing Iggy

    I love your website. Whenever I get crude messages, all I can think of is this site. XD

    Oh, and my favourite post to this day is the xXLoudSnip3rXx one, or whatever his GT was. Not the message, but the commentary. The commentary made *that* particular post. I laughed my ass off and sent it to my friend, who also cracked up.

    -Iggy

  • Anonymous

    I’m looking forward to read what you guys have to say.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with Iggy — your site is the first thing I thought of when I got a crude message (on Nintendo 3DS! A foul-mouthed Mii who was my first Street-pass!) the other day. Didn’t get a picture. :(

    I can’t wait to read these!

  • Anonymous

    Kudos, ladies.

    The “online” world is a strange thing, somehow a part of reality yet somehow severed from “the real world.”  Online anonymity is a mixed blessing – it gives us a measure of safety from the creeps and weirdos, but it gives them a platform from which to harass us with no substantive recourse.  It may render idle threats idle, but it’s still disturbing.

    I only recently found this site (through a Rooster Teeth tweet, if you must know).  While I don’t personally approve of (although I understand, to a degree) taunting or encouraging these losers, I am glad this site exists.  I was bullied all through the 13 years of my life commonly known as “school,” and I thus know the value of knowing others share you pain and fear.  It’s never pleasant being intimidated or insulted for ANY reason, but having a place to vent and clear your head is invaluable.

    While the world will likely never be rid of misogynists, perverts, and general creeps (MPCs), it’s nice to know there’s at least a place we can come, share our encounters, and hopefully find a little peace of mind knowing this sort of thing is all-too-common (as opposed to truly personal) in the digital world we take part in hoping to have a little fun.  Said MPCs appear to serve the sole purpose of making us stronger, because they don’t seem to contribute a whole hell of a lot else to society.

    Cheers to you all – now, if you’ll excuse me, I guess I need to make a grilled cheese sandwich for some prepubescent twit whose parents got him an XBL membership for Christmas…

  • http://www.inklesspen.com Jon Rosebaugh

    FYI, I’m no lady.

    Enjoy your sandwich, though. Glad you like the site.

  • Anonymous

    Kudos to the guys around here, too – staff, members, visitors, et al.  It’s nice to see a group of guys and gals (on an internet site, no less!) who all have respect for one another without descending into incessant trolling and insults by Comment #3.

    And yes, I could probably do well to get out more…

  • http://www.mydubturbo.com/ Martin Kola

     I’m fully agree with Victoria Blade. I appreciate this type of words. Really i was looking forward to read about this. Really enjoyed very much. Thanks for this allocation. :lol:

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