Wushu. Yeah, that’s right, Wushu sucks.
The first time I played Wushu, it was like the most amazing thing ever. (In fact, if you haven’t played Wushu, it may be worth playing once to see how far from one’s basic assumptions gaming can get.) However, with each subsequent playing, the Lie of Wushu became revealed.
See, Wushu isn’t really a game, so much as it is an exercise in roleplaying masturbation. People go to great effort to come up with a bunch of kewl descriptions, but it often hits the point where you’re just talking to get more dice, not because it’s cool. And with the principle of narrative truth, your actions are less cool, not more, because all you had to do was think them up and spew them out.
Does the cool maneuver you come up with make you any more competent, or enhance your ability? No it doesn’t- the best way to ‘succeed’ at Wushu is to just talk and talk and talk.
If this sounds like a bitter, half-assed rant, well, that’s because it is. Wushu’s hardly a game, and while it’s got some interesting nuggets in it, it aint worth playing.