I think I can pretty much guarantee that if you're an insider to any sport, game, technical expertise, science, whatever... that when you see a fictional tv show or movie that features your "game" -- your area of expertise and experience -- you'll be profoundly dissatisfied. Even when you see a non-fiction documentary about your area of expertise, you may still find it annoying because of the way it simplifies a real and complicated story or skips over points that seem very important to you.

My personal case in point: I went to see The Perfect Storm in its theatrical run, with a fellow sailor (sailboat, that is, not Navy ship)... and I am sorry to say we made ourselves a bit unpopular by snickering through large chunks of the film. I won't go into details, but there were some serious disconnects with our real-world experience. And of course we knew there would be, but...

... still... I think it's worth pointing out those disconnects between fictional treatments of A, and what A is really like. I'm not sure why a couple of commenters here sound almost _angry_ with the reviewer for explaining why it was hard to suspend disbelief at times. How much realism you want in your entertainment is a very subjective thing, and surely everyone's entitled to express their pleasure or disappointment after watching a show. Just 'cos it didn't quite click for someone else doesn't subtract from my enjoyment if I really loved it myself; no harm, no foul.

I will admit we can all feel a moment of impatience with the "fact nerd" friend who spends the whole movie pointing out stuff like... that street scene is quite obviously _not_ Portland where the show is supposed to be set, or objects in space can't do that, or people bodyshot with that calibre of revolver really don't get up and keep running, or that model of rifle wasn't even made yet... "Stop spoiling the illusion," we protest; the helpful person who points out how the magic trick is done is not always thanked.

OTOH, in a culture that daily seems to be spinning further out of touch with facts and reality, maybe our fact-nerd friends really are doing us a favour. Maybe we _should_ be paying attention to the physics, and the odds, and the anachronisms, and what is likely and realistic, rather than what is soothing and familiar and entertaining? Personally, I enjoyed this review and thank the author for taking the time to share an insider's perspective on professional board gaming.

Retired; ex-software engineer. Paleo-feminist. Sailor. Arduino tinkerer. Enviro. Libertarian Socialist (Anarcho-Syndicalist, kinda). Writer. Altermondialiste.

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