A week ago I got caught up in an argument with someone over character classes and their worth and viability. I won't go into the details of the argument but at one point he started haranguing me about the fact that I had no idea what I was talking about because I hadn't really played anything else. I informed him that I had been RPGin since approx. 1981 and that I had pretty much played everything out there in one form or another.
The reason I bring this up is that I realized that he was just another example of this bizarre trend I see more and more of lately. The Fanatic. They are absolutely fanatical on the Good or Evil of the d20 based system. Either it's the end-all be-all of gaming or it's the worst thing to happen since Hitler decided he could get the Sudetenland for nothing down. What's weird is that they always bring up the same things for both their positions: Levels, Classes, and Hit Points. Despite the fact that ALL systems use varied forms of all three of these concepts, they ignore this in some sort of jingoistic frenzy that has eluded me to this day.
Please! Someone out there help me understand this! If you're like me then you've run into this enough times yourself to become really sick of it. If you're a Fanatic then you probably don't see the problem and are also insulted at the assault on your belief structure.
My plan is to just lock them all in a room with some CCGers and let them starve. But that's just me...