It’s become commonplace to hear about ‘the glory days’ of ewrestling.
There are many-a-fed-head still lulling about, complacent and perhaps a bit jaded at what’s ewrestling has become. For years, I figured it was just a generational thing. Maybe we’re the old guys– who like our parents when we were kids, think our music sucks. After-all. the sole duty of music is to annoy the prior generation.
As explained by long time RK member, Misty:
I know a lot of people talk about “back then” like it was some sort of Utopia where things were awesome, but it wasn’t without its share of arguments and drama. Thing is as far as e-wrestling went, it was Utopia. Back then, we had people that liked each other and liked to hate each other. If we hated someone we didn’t bitch about it, we used it in a roleplay every time we faced them. Some of the best feuds spawned from that. We’d work together and even sometimes match write together, working out a match that wasn’t for us, but for the readers of the card.
Yes, ewrestling was a utopia to many of us. It was just fun! I am not saying it’s no longer fun, but I can say with confidence that it’s changed… and for the worse.
When I was the man in ewrestling and was kicking ass and taking names and had all the hot chicks and fancy keyboards, ewrestling was the most fun because of the bond within our efed. We chatted together, we invaded chat rooms on AOL and caused havoc, we argued amongst each other and it was glorious fun! All we had was a bulletin board (not forums), a static website and each other.
So isn’t it ironic that as technology has advanced communication that the game has actually grown apart?
All of a sudden, tonight it made perfect sense why everything sucks now. I had an epiphany, or whatever the fancy word for thought is. Technology!
I’m no enemy of technology or anything like that. But think about it…
Back when I was active in ewrestling, it wasn’t easy to run a website. In fact, it was quite the learning curve. I remember MUCH more fanfare and ballyhoo when a new efed was opening simply because it wasn’t easy to create a good looking website.
The random few people that did figure out how to use Geocities still had sites that looked like shit, so it wasn’t hard for a shiny fed with a slick design to stand out and have people gravitate towards it. Some of these feds had enough hype to have a list of people waiting to join even before it opened, we even dubbed them: hype feds. Yep, we were even more creative then too.
I believe what happened, was the ewrestling community no longer had to focus on being a part of an efed anymore, now they had their chance to be the boss… who’s gonna stop them?
I’ve watched over the years, sometimes hundreds of new efeds being posted on RK in a few months. This over-saturation of new efeds has caused a significant drop in overall ewrestling participation.
When you have three superior restaurants, you’ll have the best attendance from the highest brow of society. When you have 13,000 shitty Whattaburgers on every corner, you find more and more people would just rather eat at home.
Now perhaps this isn’t new news to anyone paying attention. We all know there’s too many efeds out there and it makes the game suck. But why this is happening just could be a new revelation to many.
This is also nothing new to me, I’ve said for years that it’s too easy to create a forum-fed. But now, it seems that everyone wants to be the fed-head and nobody wants to be a part of a fed.
That itself is only part of the problem, the current generations of efed lack such quality that new fed-heads refuse to even start their first show without a full staff doing their bidding.
So RK becomes the enemy because of this, because many on this website are advocates of NOT opening a new efed. Unless you have some ground breaking idea, you are just polluting and clogging an already over-saturated drain and nothing but brown, hairy water is filling the sink. Just don’t do it! For god’s sake join an existing fed and learn to be a part of something, you don’t have to be the CEO to be cool.