[MUD-Dev] Balance... RPG or Role-Playing Game?

Malcolm Valentine spin at fastlink.com.au
Thu Jul 27 21:11:18 New Zealand Standard Time 2000

On Sun, Jul 23, 2000, Ben wrote:
>     RPGs today have come to mean something completely different than the
> exact meaning of their acronyms.  Usually you Play the Role of a Hero.  NOT
> an ordinary person.  I feel that a MUD such as DartMud lacks that aspect.
> People play games today for the combat.  If you take that away, what does
> the game ammount to... at toddlers RPG.  I feel that Role Playing is good to
> a point.  If you play a role as deeply as some people feel you should, you
> don't just get to fool around and have fun, it becomes a serious, full time
> endeavor.  Personally I prefer the kind of game that has you play the role
> of a hero.  It provides a greater relief from everyday life, and let's you
> play occasionally for entertainment, instead of playing constantly to build
> an online fake 'life'.

I was going to post about the popularity of civilian flight simulators
and golfing games, but that has pretty much been covered by others. I would
however like to point out one of the most famous persons (Hero) of the 20th
century is remembered because he believed in "Passive Resistance", not
"body count".

  Malcolm V.

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