[MUD-Dev] Ownership

Jeff Cole jeff.cole at mindspring.com
Wed Jun 12 11:59:19 New Zealand Standard Time 2002


From: Caliban Tiresias Darklock

> I [observe] that even when I accept that I can only share my
> vision of my own character, I will almost certainly be frustrated
> in my attempts to recreate that vision within the game's limited
> range of customisation. In a graphical MUD, I may be able to
> choose between blue eyes or green eyes, but on a text MUD I can
> have "eyes the pale, near-luminous green of new spring leaves
> under a late frost". No graphical MUD will *ever* be able to give
> me that, even if it matched the color I imagined
> *perfectly*... because I cannot extend the metaphor in a picture.

But there is no reason why a graphical MUD could not provide you the
appropriate vehicle for such expression.  They currently do not
(insofar as I know), but graphical MUDs are not per se unable to do
so.

I get the feeling, though, that were such a mechanism implemented,
you would still find it lacking--because the vast majority of
players will almost certainly not "look" at your description.  I
wonder, then, is it really that graphical MUDs provide you only
"limited range of customization," or that they impair your ability
to create the fiction (in your own mind) that other players
appreciate such a description as you might conjure?

I would readily agree that graphical MUDs present a high hurdle to
the creation of such a fiction.

Yrs. affcty,
Jeff Cole

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