[MUD-Dev] an essay on PK

Matthew Mihaly diablo at best.com
Tue Sep 21 23:03:54 New Zealand Standard Time 1999


On Tue, 21 Sep 1999, Marian Griffith wrote:

> In <URL:/archives/meow?group+local.muddev> on Mon 20 Sep, Matthew Mihaly wrote:
> 
> > Yes, I agree with this for the most part, though purely out of
> > practicality (why set yourself up to deal with the whiners?)
> 
> I vowed to stay out of these perpetual discussion, but I could not let this
> slip by entirely without making a single observation:
> 
> You are apparently assuming that your victims (the whiners) are playing the
> same game as you are.  They obviously are not. A large part of the shock is
> coming from the fact  that people think  they are playing a particular type
> of game and then are suddenly forced into an entirely different type of ga-
> me.  Paraphrasing the person who wrote the original article:  Players think
> they are safe and that the warning PK allowed does not apply to them, until
> I prove them otherwise.
> Are such players whiners when they complain vocally? By your standards yes,
> but by their own standards their game has been invaded by vandals, and they
> have every right to complain.  I am not getting into the discussion  who is
> right or wrong on this subject though.

If they complain vocally, then yes. Everyone is living in the same virtual
world, just like everyone is living in the same world in real life. If a
meteor suddenly drops on your head, and you weren't expecting it, what are
you going to do, start whining about it? No, you're going to say to
yourself, "Either I can get on with it, knowing now that this risk exists,
or I can kill myself, thus ending the game of life." That's overly
simplifed, I realize, but I feel that's the essence of things.
--matt




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