Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is
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life here in the US — or indeed, pretty much anywhere in the Western
world — is a massive role playing game, like World of Warcraft except
appallingly mundane, where most quests involve the acquisition of money,
cell phones and donuts, although not always at the same time. Let’s
call it The Real World. You have installed The Real World on your
computer and are about to start playing, but first you go to the
settings tab to bind your keys, fiddle with your defaults, and choose
the difficulty setting for the game. Got it?
Okay: In the role playing game known as The Real World, “Straight White Male” is the lowest difficulty setting there is.
This means that the default behaviors for almost all
the non-player characters in the game are easier on you than they would
be otherwise. The default barriers for completions of quests are lower.
Your leveling-up thresholds come more quickly. You automatically gain
entry to some parts of the map that others have to work for. The game is
easier to play, automatically, and when you need help, by default it’s
easier to get.
...Remember when I said that you could
choose your difficulty setting in The Real World? Well, I lied. In fact,
the computer chooses the difficulty setting for you. You don’t get a
choice; you just get what gets given to you at the start of the game,
and then you have to deal with it.
So that’s “Straight White Male” for you in The Real
World (and also, in the real world): The lowest difficulty setting there
is. All things being equal, and even when they are not, if the computer
— or life — assigns you the “Straight White Male” difficulty setting,
then brother, you’ve caught a break.
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