Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Reclaiming the Term

This probably will mark me as a bit odd, but I'm going to say it anyway: I call myself a huntard. All the time. And I sorta like being called a huntard.

"But Pike, 'huntard' is a bad name! And I thought you were into being good at your class and that kind of thing!"

I am. And I consider myself to be a fairly decent hunter. But see here's the thing: I don't view the term "huntard" as an insult like most other WoW-ers do. I consider it to be more of a term of endearment. Like "pally" or "shammy". (Though I guess some paladins and shamans are offended by those terms-- but many do refer to themselves as such.) "Huntard", to me, should be a word signifying somebody who is geekily obsessive about, and hopefully skilled with, their chosen class: hunter in this case.

Obviously most people do not go along with my own personal definition of the word. As such I have to be careful about when and how I use it. I can't go into a group and introduce myself as a huntard; that would probably be bad. I sort of hope that someday I can, though. I hope that someday I can say "I'm a huntard" and that will clue people off to just how much I love and try to perfect my class.

Ah well, we can't have everything. In the meantime my boyfriend calls me huntard and I call him grumpy warlock. It works out!


Kestrel said...

I appreciate your sentiment completely. However, remember the genesis of the term: A shortened version of "hunter retard". In other words, a hunter who hasn't or won't L2P.

(All of the above said somewhat tongue-in-cheek, of course: Most people who use the term as a pejorative don't have a clue about how to play a hunter at all, much less how to play one well.)

More power to you, Pike!

Pike said...

Hehe, indeed, indeed. There are definitely still... a lot of huntards of the bad sort out there, that's for sure!

Naidia said...

Hey! Thanks for the comment and sure, continue reading little white lion all you want. I return your sentiment and will be adding you to me "blog roll" ^^

Pike said...

Why thank you Naidia! I look forward to getting to know you better.