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Fact: Mass Effect is one of the whitest things ever made by people. The game faces stiff competition from mayonnaise, the Apple corporation, and the city of Portland, Oregon; but the fact remains that among videogames, you don't get much whiter than a nerd-centric, fastidiously-plotted space opera from the people that brought you Neverwinter Nights. On the Whiteness Scale, Mass Effect comes in somewhere between “skinny-jeaned hipsters” and “one-joke tumblr feeds.” Those who know how the internet works, know that this can only mean one thing: time to combine the three! Of course, the result is pretty underground, so you probably haven't heard of it.
F Yeah Hipster Effect re-imagines Mass Effect as a hipster's paradise to rival Willaimsburg, Cap Hill, the Polk Gulch, or wherever it is people in your town go to get cheap PBR and listen to aggressively fey noise-rock. The joke, of course, is that the nerdy world of Mass Effect is as far as you can get from the trappings of hipsterdom, and it's easy to see what side of the fence the feed lands on (it's Team Nerd). Thus some of the humor could be sharper – surely a Mass Effect hipster would prefer, say, Ardat-Yakshi Weekend over a stadium-filler like Arcade Fire? – but there's still some doozies in there.
Really, though, isn't the big question raised by F Yeah Hipster Effect: what are we fighting for? After all, nerds are obsessively interested in niche topics, fiercely cliquey, possessed of unique fashion sense and social skills, and openly derisive of hipsters... but then, so are hipsters themselves. In the final analysis, doesn't it all boil down to the same thing: really, really white people?
Are you a nerd? How about a hipster? Let's hear your thoughts on geeks, poseurs and F Yeah Hipster... before too many jerks hear about it and ruin it for everyone.
Mar 8, 2011
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