The Game Band are doing a Great Job!
There’s a plethora of cliches that we use to talk about the disaster that 2020 has been. While most of the problems we’re seeing are nothing new, it feels like things are more oppressive and dire than ever. It’s during these times of strife that people need ways to connect and come together, to support each other and find meaning in a largely meaningless world. For many, sports are just that. But then The Game Band added something that we didn’t know we needed. A single letter: L.
What they have created is a funny, terrifying, and bizarre universe. It’s one that strongly reflects the world we find ourselves in: random, scary and painful events happen constantly, often harming the most vulnerable among us. And yet through the developer’s hard work and the community’s vision, the world of Blaseball is simultaneously one in which we can react and create a future that is more supportive, inclusive, loving, and joyful in the face of whatever adversity we face.
You can’t help but see much of our COVID-laden world mirrored within this special little splort. Our leaders and Gods give sparse, confusing, and often unhelpful messages. Those we care about can be hurt, without warning. We have to face a future that is completely uncertain and unknowable. Moreover though, in both the world and blaseball, the connections we form with other people are the best and most important part of it all.
Those connections have become a beautiful, diverse community, one that’s the reason for this letter and entire project. Within a universe with so many stark similarities to our own, this community time and time again has decided to take control of the narrative, often finding humor or new opportunities in what could otherwise be treated as pure tragedy. Together, we’ve all created a world where every perspective is valued, and one where our stars are more representative than any other media. Blaseball is a world where the first ever incinerated player was brought back to life by a massive, coordinated campaign. We deliberately sabotaged an entire pitching lineup to spite the Gods. Together we rescued a favorite player threatened with being sidelined for the next season. These stories are evidence of a community taking agency in a malevolent world fraught with mind control and uninhibited umpires. While we may look outside and feel powerless at wave after wave of bad news, we can escape to the world of Blaseball, take part in a community which shapes its past, present, and future.
Blaseball began as a side project for the development team, and in a way, that makes sense. It’s a baseball simulator, with some idle game mechanics thrown in. But for us it’s much more than that. Is it any surprise, that in a horrifying world where people are more likely to be stuck at home than ever, a community has connected so passionately with a constantly running, absurd combination of story, athletics, and video games? Blaseball has been a perfect storm, where people can have agency in response to everyday horror and hardship. A storm that, without The Game Band, would not be possible. They’ve developed a safe space for so many kind and wonderful people, and helped foster a supportive, inclusive culture. For so many of us, Blaseball has become a kind of refuge from, well, everything. A refuge, that wouldn’t be possible without The Game Band’s work, dedication, creativity, and time. Sincerely, thank you, so much. You’re doing the best job.
Written by CoMoo (@Raginbrook), on behalf of everyone participating in the cultural event of blaseball