We in Crew have been asked to describe how we see Marx Brothers and their role in the community. As a “veteran” in the game and as community manager I (Powdersnow) will heed the call. In fact I do it gladly.
For those of you who don’t know them, Marx Brothers is a clan here on Power Soccer - one of the very oldest ones - sporting a popular blog. Tomorrow they are celebrating their first birthday. They have also written their own memorabilia on the MB blog, don’t miss it! You can also catch it in our forums, here.
Let’s start with the obvious, MB is not an ordinary clan and doesn’t consist of ordinary people. Half of them are MA’s (Master Assistans) in Power Soccer, one of them is a crew member (Linda), they are all incredibly verbal and witty. Sipwell and Air_fix_9 who founded the clan, are two of the main profiles in the PS community. MB members are all eccentric, intelligent, slightly mad with humor. Whatever their true agenda is, it seems to vary on a scale from simply entertaining to an online movement to educate, manipulate and auspicate everything and everyone that comes in their way. Like a ballerina on steroids they will gently hop around playing with rhymes, smiley faces and words sweeter that bubble gum, to suddenly get a raging fit and declare the end of the world as we know it. That’s the nature of MB: exemplification by exaggeration. It is truly an art form, and it makes everything they write worth reading.
MB adds something vital to the Power Soccer community. They want to sell the idea to you that they don’t take the game too seriously, especially not their rank. Their motto “you lose some, you draw some”, says a lot about their intended stance towards the game. Indeed they are lingering down at around the 200th rank position, impressively low for a clan with some of the major stars of Power Soccer as members (leedomargus and adeidos being two of them). But of course even a clan such as MB has slumbering ambitions. Regardless of that, their take on things is an unusual one. Don’t step over bodies to get to where you want to be: in fact let them step on you if they must. (And then pull their legs away from underneath if you have a chance). So if they don’t care about rank or trophies, what is their game? It is the battle of the wittiest, of course. And MB is going at it with all the energy of a ferocious hunter stalking an ant with a massively oversized weapon. Only there are no real counter contestants for the prey. School teaches us there has to be something at stake for rivalry to ensue, or at least some competition. MB doesn’t care. They want that title (for which they are the only candidate) no matter what it takes, no matter what they need to say, do or write. An admirable position, I wish I had some of that attitude towards some stuff in my life. It takes gut and passion to do what MB does. And it adds flavour to our community.
If I could put something on my wish list for 2009, it would be to get more clans like MB, more guys and girls spilling their heart out, entertaining us with soul, intelligence and razor sharp tongues. I am not saying they are the only ones, we have talented writers roaming the forums from time to time and we have our RA’s, but I’d want to see more of MB’s attitude and flavor, perhaps especially on PSE. And I would like to see groups of people challenging MB for that ant (and maybe it’ll grow to a Zebra). If nothing else, then because I’d be curious to see how the brothers would react if they got serious competition.
With their existence, MB proves something about Power Soccer. They prove that we have a community which is very much alive, where there are important things to be gained or built. Relationships, for one thing. Status too I suppose, but more than that some type of self pride. Little rewards that make you grow as a person. In 10 years time you won’t remember gaining 30 points from a game, but you may remember when you met that crazy Swiss guy and he told you something that made you smile. Maybe you’ll be able to recall the sense of accomplishment over a really great text you wrote. Things like this can happen in an online community but rarely out there in the “real” world. The MB’s thrive on these rewards. They use the energy gained to reload, aim, and discharge again.
Thank you MB. Congrats!