In the gallery of Acclaim leaders, who want to relive their childhood or life lost in the game, today joined Steven Elliot Altman aka TheHermit.In Acclaim version of the game he is mainly an exaggerated stereotype of ‘I am the man’ . He is quick to point out, how great he is and how much he knows about this game and what is best for this game, even when such claims are questionable.
Few know who Steven Elliot Altman is in reality. From an interview we learn that:
I dropped out of High School in the second week of 10th grade and ran away from home, actually. I wandered around. I got my G.E.D. and started community college at age 16 in Ft. Lauderdale. I got my B.A. at 19 from a little college called Pfeiffer, in North Carolina. I got my Masters from Villanova University and still wasn’t old enough to drink. I decided that if I earned my doctorate that no one would be able to understand a word I wrote. So I stopped.
Why kids run away from home?
In many occasions related to my work I talked with people specialized in child development from Romania and USA and they said “runing from home” is not a genetical disease, or something that is in the blood of children … and not something that pop up like : “I have done much, I do too well, everybody loves me, let them make the world run their rainy day.”A child or adolescent runs for some reason:
1. Something bad happened at home, and is afraid to say, if there is threatened by X person who hurts him.
2. In the school something happens and he or she has a fear to tell.
3. The ignorance of parents, they offered only material things, not the love, warmth of families . That is denied because of reason she or he has everything what is needed (material).
4. Mental illness (thank God everyone of it) : that person just run away and they don’t realize that there is something wrong, that hurts those around him.
5. For revenge, someone has done something once and the kid wants to get revenge, or simply require the attention of others
The impact of that period is very much reflected in his books. On the blog of The University of Nebraska, when they review “Deprives” that part is very well pointed:
………..Okay. Somehow a sixteen year old girl, and granted she is a tough one, manages to force a gun into the mouth of this assassin guy. How? Not sure. All it says is that she forced the gun into his mouth. And since they are both deprivers, she did this without touching him. Hmm… That’s okay. Later a smaller guy lifts a bigger guy by the throat and the big guy just does nothing, not even reaching for his gun until the smaller guy can conveniently do something about it.
But then there is the stilted dialogue. “I have nothing to gain from doing any of you harm.” Some characters talk like they are ten years old and writing the mandatory letter to grandma and others spout slang that makes no sense, “I think we should triple dip him and leave him in front of the police station.” Umm… okay. Whatever that means………..
And if that is not all, Steven Elliot Altman has a place in ‘The College Dropouts Hall of Flame’, near Calpernia Adams, showgirl, transsexual.
Not that SEA is a stranger of that medium, as he show it in his the review of “Space Chicks and Businessmen” :
Seems he likes to be pleasantly disturbed and ‘caught between oversexed cannibal spacewoman and savage corporate monsters’.
From the same interview we found out that :
I’m a student of Zen, and my belief system is predominantly Buddhist.
But on his Linkedin profile he glorifies himself as ‘ President at mind over matter & SuperGenius’.
I didn’t knew that Buddhist system is a over-esteem one. This remainds me of a Zen story ( one of the key points in Zen philosophy is ‘I don’t know’, not I am ‘X [super-genius], Y[president at mind] or Z [ the one and oly who decided our fates]’ ):
The emperor, who was a devout Buddhist, invited a great Zen master to the Palace in order to ask him questions about Buddhism.
“What is the highest truth of the holy Buddhist doctrine?” the emperor inquired.
“Vast emptiness… and not a trace of holiness,” the master replied.
“If there is no holiness,” the emperor said, “then who or what are you?”
“I do not know,” the master replied.
So next time when we meet dear Hermit who would you be ? The roll model of all kids in 9dragons who should drop school and run away from home? The genius who review a ‘porn’ comic? The president at mind who will ban me ? Hmm… I let Buddha lead the path, because everyhting is karma no?