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BydloKurwa #1 Posted Nov 13 2012 - 02:34

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Hello fellow tankers, after having been playing this game and browsing the forums for a while, I've made a preliminary checklist for unicum privilege written from my observations of the community and having seen quite a few privilege checklists in my time as a human rights and social justice activist. Note that was writtenly purely in good will with reconciliation between players as the intention, I did not write this with the intention to incite or troll in any way, shape, or form.

Privilege makes you blind. Privilege is a big bag of stuff you're not forced to think about. If you're a unicum, have you ever felt the frustration of being abused right off the start of a game because some loud mouth punk had XVM installed? Have you ever been humiliated for your stats on the forums because you made a controversial post? Have you ever been told to uninstall because some dead tough guy was watching your every move? If the answer to any of those question is yes: here is your cookie, and don't say I've never done anything for you. If the answer is no, this is your opportunity to change that. Privilege is not negated. One can't balance their unicum privilege against their LBGT disadvantage and come out neutral.

Acknowledging unicum privilege is the first step to making constructive conversations on the subject. Because the privileged and the un-privileged play the same game, but with vastly different experinces. If you don't begin by acknowledging your privilege, then the chasm between is too vast to traverse. There can't be productive conversation between a self absorbed unicum and someone who just wants to play for fun if you don't check your privilage first. A socially just community is based on the principles of equality and solidarity, understands and values human rights, and recognizes the dignity of every wot player no matter what pointless stats say about them..

So without further due, here's the draft of my list in all it's glory. If anyone wants me to add to it, let me know and I will gladly amend it.

-I will not be abused by XVM users in game based on some meaningless number provided by a web site.

-When I perform poorly, it will be assumed that I am having a bad day.

-My posts on the forum will be taken more seriously, and I will not be abused for bad stats if I make controversial posts.

-I can claim to play for fun without the risk of facing a torrent of ridicule and humiliation.

-Major clans will not name their TS channels "baddie prison" or "pubbie extermination camp" for the express purpose of insulting me.

-I will be picked up by land holding clans and receive free gold, this will help me skip bad/stock tanks and pad my stats further. This is an unequal access to opportunity that only I get to enjoy because of my
privilege.

-I will have other privileged "unicums" to pad my stats with once in the clan.

-Clan gold will also help me buy premium account and tanks which will go towards buying more consumables, gold shells, and 100% crews in order to pad my stats.

-I am able to buy more garage slots with clan gold so I can keep more OP tanks in the garage for stat padding.

-I am more likely to get picked than a player with worse "stats" if I queue up in a tank company.

-Other players are more likely to support me in game based on XVM stats.

-I get to travel to new and exciting countries to take part in tournaments. (Ural steel)

-I am more likely to have premium tanks gifted to me for challenges and such.

-I am less likely to have players abuse me over PM after a battle, as is often the case for players with worse "stats" are when they perform poorly in battle.

-I will not have meticulous statistical studies done with the express purpose of justifying abuse and bullying towards me.

-I can make threads complaining about bad teams without fear of verbal abuse, bullying, and victim blaming.

-I can make excuses for bad tactical decisions instead of being called incompetent, stupid, baddie, dumb pub etc.

-When another unicum rants about bad teammates, I can usually take comfort in that it probably isn't directed at me.

-I can claim that my stats are good enough without fear of ridicule, on the other hand, if a player with a lower win rate tries to do the same, they are instantly shot down, verbally abused, and humiliated.

-I can complain about bad or overpowered tanks without degrading comments like "lrn2aim", "lol 45%er", "bad@tanks" etc.

-People are more likely to believe me when I claim that I performed poorly due to RNG, BS bounces, enemies using gold ammo and so on.

-My existence will not be denied and invalidated by other players comparing me to AFKers.

By isaacalmeida:

-You can get a lot more attention to your replays even if you didn't do that great in them

-You can say "arty is OP remove it from the game" and still get positives(yeah I'm talking about "That Guy")

-You can order people arround in pubs because they trust in your experience that you are doing the right thing.

The_Millard #2 Posted Nov 13 2012 - 02:35

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These are earned privileges. Not given.

BydloKurwa #3 Posted Nov 13 2012 - 02:36

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View PostMillardthemk, on Nov 13 2012 - 02:35, said:

These are earned privileges. Not given.

You have clearly missed the point.

CarbonWard #4 Posted Nov 13 2012 - 02:36

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Woot is this "Land holding clan" that you speak of?

TK3600 #5 Posted Nov 13 2012 - 02:36

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Misspelling: you having had day?

The_Millard #6 Posted Nov 13 2012 - 02:37

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View Postlm2f, on Nov 13 2012 - 02:36, said:

You have clearly missed the point.

I read it, and like part of what you're saying. The rest of me says "This will only lead to more unicum hate and widen the gap."

Mitt_Rommel #7 Posted Nov 13 2012 - 02:39

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jealous, much

BydloKurwa #8 Posted Nov 13 2012 - 02:39

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View PostCarbonWard, on Nov 13 2012 - 02:36, said:

Woot is this "Land holding clan" that you speak of?

Most clans with a sizable presence in Europe usually pays enough to fund a preminum account without buying gold out of your own pocket.

yomeviet #9 Posted Nov 13 2012 - 02:39

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Damn can't wait to be a Unicum and get all these Privileges!
Do I get my own Baddie peasant slave? :Smile_trollface-3:

CarbonWard #10 Posted Nov 13 2012 - 02:39

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View Postlm2f, on Nov 13 2012 - 02:39, said:

Most clans with a sizable presence in Europe usually pays enough to fund a preminum account without buying gold out of your own pocket.
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So what does that have to do with winning again?

Bore #11 Posted Nov 13 2012 - 02:41

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Maybe we can compromise and make bad's worth 3/5 of a person instead of 0/5 of a person.

BydloKurwa #12 Posted Nov 13 2012 - 02:41

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View PostCarbonWard, on Nov 13 2012 - 02:39, said:

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So what does that have to do with winning again?

It's an unequal access to oppertunity that gives you an advantage.

Bore #13 Posted Nov 13 2012 - 02:45

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View Postlm2f, on Nov 13 2012 - 02:41, said:

It's an unequal access to oppertunity that gives you an advantage.
Socialist says: greater skill and effort should not be rewarded

Edited by Bore, Nov 13 2012 - 02:47.


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View Postlm2f, on Nov 13 2012 - 02:41, said:

It's an unequal access to oppertunity that gives you an advantage.

Wait, so buying a premium account makes you win? I wish I'd known that a year ago.

BydloKurwa #15 Posted Nov 13 2012 - 02:46

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View PostBore, on Nov 13 2012 - 02:45, said:

Socialist says: skill should not be rewarded

Equal access to oppertunity is a human rights issue.

View PostDingBat, on Nov 13 2012 - 02:45, said:

Wait, so buying a premium account makes you win? I wish I'd known that a year ago.

It definitely helps as of the latest update, prem account=more xp (and by extension free xp), more credits to buy consumables, equipment, preminum shells, train crews, and buy more "fun tanks".

isaacalmeida #16 Posted Nov 13 2012 - 02:46

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-You can get alot more attetion to your replays even if you didnt do that great in them

-You can say "arty is OP remove it from the game" and still get positives(yeah im talking about "That Guy")

-You can order people arround in pubs because they trust in your experience that you are doing the right thing.

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View Postlm2f, on Nov 13 2012 - 02:39, said:

Most clans with a sizable presence in Europe usually pays enough to fund a preminum account without buying gold out of your own pocket.

I think what Carbon was really trying to ask was: How would you know?

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View Postyomeviet, on Nov 13 2012 - 02:39, said:

Damn can't wait to be a Unicum and get all these Privileges!
Do I get my own Baddie peasant slave? :Smile_trollface-3:

It won't work. I've offered my neck in a collar to Garbad if he will platoon with me. His response was, "You're cute, but until you get to 55%, no chance chicky!"  :Smile_sceptic:

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View Postlm2f, on Nov 13 2012 - 02:46, said:

Equal access to oppertunity is a human rights issue.

Basic human rights: food, shelter, liberty, and a World of Tanks premium account

PlaidPony #20 Posted Nov 13 2012 - 02:48

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My main privilege for being a unicum is that I get to win a whole lot and don't have to really "grind" any tanks 'cause I average like 1,000 XP a game. It's neat. Why don't more people try playing well?