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nar·cis·sism

 
[nahr-suh-siz-em] also nar·cism (-s iz’em)n.

1. Excessive love or admiration of oneself. See Synonyms at conceit.

 

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Sony recently released an application tying together Playstation and Facebook accounts.  The application will sync the Facebook account with the trophies earned from the Ps3 account, then share your nerdiness with the rest of your friends who probably don’t care. Do your friends really care that you have accomplished 80% trophies on Modern Warfare 2? Or that you recently purchased Burn Zombie Burn! from the PSN store?

Pwnage videos and trash talk are one thing; I think your kill-streak montage is really cool to the music of Puddle of Mudd, and I’m real sorry about my mom acting up, but sharing all of your accomplishments with people who don’t ask? 

For those that do a lot of internet forum trolling, self-boasting signatures are also a dime a dozen: kill-death ratios, scoreboard placement, and hours played a few ways gamers show their superiority.

I’m not saying a gamer shouldn’t be proud of his accomplishments, but is it necessary to flatter one’s self by letting the rest of the world know? 

Isn’t the fun of playing a video game, playing the video game? Has it become about the award and not the play? But that’s more about trophies, and that’s a different topic all together.