As part of INN’s ongoing evolution, we’re taking a deeper look at Star Citizen Organizations, one of the most important structures within the community around CIG and the game. For our next Spotlight, I’m very pleased to introduce The Damn Shames!
Getting to know The Damn Shames
A couple of weeks back I made one of the smartest decisions ever when I asked The Damn Shames if I could write an INN profile of their Star Citizen organization. While it may seem like a strange way to describe a band of space pirates, the Danish word Hygge* keeps coming to mind since getting to know them. In part, I think this is because The Damn Shames are not like any other space pirates you may have met. In fact, if you were to try and define ‘a merry band of space pirates’ it would be much easier just to say: The Damn Shames.
I also think The Damn Shames make you feel so damn comfortable because they are fun, creative, and welcoming. They eschew the typical, red skulls and gears common among space pirates for a look and feel that’s totally tubular, purple synth wave. While hardcore pirates may scoff, The Damn Shames also have something else they probably don’t: Women. I can say this pretty confidently because INN serves up over a million pages a year to Star Citizens in 180 different countries, but our audience is only 2% female. Meanwhile, the regular members of The Damn Shames are women!
The core of The Damn Shames is made up of four friends who all live in the same neighborhood and play Star Citizen and a few other games together regularly. In the ‘Verse, they go by (from left to right in the photo):
Although not pictured, there are typically a dozen other people in The Damn Shames Discord channel. Suki The Smol Floof is a regular in chat who can be described as ‘delightfully entertaining’ without an ounce of irony. Hailing from Finland, she is perhaps The Damn Shames most geographically distant member, yet she is in the conversation every day, sharing creativity and witty banter.
The other piece that’s made The Damn Shames so much cooler to be a part of is who’s decided to come along for the ride with us. IronEagle, Elianka, and Suki The Smol Floof are people whose opinions and virtual chuckles I genuinely look forward to when I pop online. -PrincessFray
Creative to the Core
Any spotlight on The Damn Shames would be terribly remiss in not mentioning their original contributions to the Star Citizen Community. Whether it’s creating long or short form videos or written stories, The Damn Shames’s ideas, development, and execution are genuinely compelling and professionally executed.
Interestingly, unlike many other creators, The Damn Shames are truly collaborative and generous of spirit. They never miss the opportunity to share or encourage content made by others, and they’re quick to invite outsiders to provide feedback on their work.
Making stuff with my friends is just about the coolest second job ever. It gives those of us in the area an excuse to get together and laugh our asses off and go home satisfied with our creativity for the day. -PrincessFray
One of my favorite (and quintessential) Damn Shames productions is their video ‘Ship Fighter Episode 001: MR vs. Alpha’. There are thousands of videos of people playing Star Citizen, but there’s only one idea like this. Essentially an homage to the arcade style fighting games of the 90’s, this video pits the two Star Citizen starter ships against one another in Arena Commander with a lot of creative editing and assets.
Another of my personal favorites is ‘The Wanderer’. An entirely different feel from Ship Fighter, but once again, completely unique among Star Citizen videos. Also beautifully conceived, captured, and edited. This is, in essence, the hallmark of their work: Creative, unique, and expertly executed…Without taking itself too seriously. It’s a refreshing change of pace in a sea of content that typically trends towards news or raw footage of gameplay.
There is a lot I could say a lot about how great their work is, but I think it just makes sense to let their content speak for itself:
Originally I just thought I would just fly in Arena Commander because I could put music on and it was super calming. But the possibility to really tell stories in this universe is just too compelling to pass up on. -Damnshame
Players gonna play
In addition to being great creators, it’s easy to see The Damn Shames love playing Star Citizen. Their videos, in particular, often seem to be organic moments that just fall out of getting inside the ‘Verse and having a good time with the camera rolling. They also love encouraging others to get involved, as is evinced by Half Pint’s introduction to the game.
They pretty much tricked me into becoming a PC-gaming lover. For my birthday last year they all got together and built me my first pc, then casually mentioned this space flying game. Much like with the rest of the SC community, all I’ve experienced has been welcoming and encouraging. It really has been the best community to start out in. -Half_pint
Every member of the crew I’ve met regularly spends time in-game, and you’ve never met a group of people more excited about Drake ships. Particularly the Caterpillar.
— The Damn Shames (@thedamnshames) December 22, 2016
If you’re interested in joining The Damn Shames or even just getting to know them better, which I recommend, check out their org page on the RSI website. If you’re interested in INN running a profile of your organization, don’t hesitate to reach out. I want to get to know organizations large and small with any mission in the ‘Verse. Contact us to learn more.
* What’s Hygge you ask? Great question. Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word for a feeling or mood that comes taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, everyday moments more meaningful, beautiful, or special. Hygge is being aware of a good moment whether it’s simple or special. Some refer to hygge as an “art of creating intimacy” (either with yourself, friends and your home). While there’s no one English word to describe hygge, several can be used interchangeably to describe the idea of hygge such as coziness, charm, happiness, contentedness, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simpleness.