All About Epic
Posted by Corelin
ep·icadjective Also, ep·i·cal.1.noting or pertaining to a long poetic composition, usuallycentered upon a hero, in which a series ofgreat achievements or events is narrated in elevated style:Homer’s Iliad is an epic poem.2.resembling or suggesting such poetry: an epic novel on thefounding of the country.3.heroic; majestic; impressively great: the epic events of thewar.4.of unusually great size or extent: a crime wave of epicproportions.noun5.an epic poem.6.epic poetry.7.any composition resembling an epic.8.something worthy to form the subject of an epic: Thedefense of the Alamo is an American epic.9.( initial capital letter ) Also called Old Ionic. the Greekdialect represented in the Iliad and the Odyssey, apparently Aeolic modified by Ionic.
The adjective form of epic is currently being used to describe virtually anything that is part of the human experience. I am not a crazed red pen waving pedant when it comes to the english language. In fact one of my good friends occasionally edits my pieces out of despair over the state of the grammar used in this blog. However my grammar, no matter how poor, is NOT an Epic Fail.
In fact Epic Fail is nowhere really included on that list, but I love a living language, so lets give you my definition of an Epic Fail. A total and complete collapse, the likes of which has never been seen before. Let me give you a couple of examples.
In 2004 the New York Yankees had a 3-0 lead over the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series. The Yankees then collapsed and the Red Sox won the series 4-3. The Yankees lost 10-3 in game 7 and last had the lead in any game in game 5.
That would be an Epic Fail. Why? No team had ever been ahead 3 games to 0 in a best of 7 series and lost it in the history of baseball. 104 years.
The next epic fail? The 2011 Red Sox had a 9 1/2 game lead in the Playoff race in September and ended up missing the playoffs by a game. A collapse of historic proportions. Again, an Epic fail. Why? No team had ever missed the playoffs after having a 9 game lead in September. To give you a sense of scale, there were 17 thousand-plus games between these events. 17,000+.
It’s not an epic fail when your rogue gets beaten in DPS by a warlock. It’s not an epic fail when you wipe on a boss. Those are routine, predictable events. There’s no promise that person X will top the DPS charts, or that the bosses have to die, you play the game to win, but there are ways to lose that are far from epic.
Want something Epic that’s positive? I’ve got an epic achievement for you. Kill your first supercap. Don’t play EvE? A world first raid kill on your MMO of choice’s server. Do something NO ONE HAS DONE BEFORE.
Don’t tell me how epic you are for killing a rifter in a cane. Don’t tell me how epic your gear or your ship is. If you have to tell someone something is epic. It ain’t.
Oh and if you have to tell someone how _____ your ___ is or how ____ you are…. it’s not and you’re not.