[MUD-Dev] Proposed Law

John Buehler johnbue at msn.com
Thu Oct 25 18:17:36 New Zealand Daylight Time 2001


Matt Mihaly writes:
> On Wed, 24 Oct 2001, Koster, Raph wrote:
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Matt Mihaly

>>> I predict MUDs will be dominated, barring a major
>>> epistemelogical change in humanity, by one of two activities:
>>> sex or violence.

>> What's to predict? They already are.

> That was in response to John Buehler's post which seemed to claim
> that he wanted to reach "mainstream" gamers who aren't interested
> in violence, which I think is a load of poppy-cock. Obviously
> almost all current MUDs are dominated by violence and sex. Don't
> see any reason that would change, which was my point.

I don't recall saying that mainstream gamers aren't interested in
violence.  I'm trying to suggest that games that place violence in
balance with many other avenues of pursuit will produce the greatest
entertainment value.  The original tenet, which was badly presented
by me, is that games that are predicated on violence and destruction
are discarding a vast potential in entertainment.  We have yet to
begin to do anything with this genre in the pursuit of providing
entertainment.

Then again, maybe I'm not even thinking of a MUD.  Maybe it's
something else entirely.

KB

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