[MUD-Dev] Who Killed Miss Norway?

Geir Ove Alnes xuri at sensewave.com
Fri May 9 21:25:42 New Zealand Standard Time 2003

On 8 May 2003, at 7:14, Michael Hartman wrote:

>> I would like to rise a question on a point worth discussing.
>> Would you stop doing in-game memorial because of hoaxes? Or would
>> you rather risk of being pointed at as someone who believed a
>> false story but give value to the happening, be it true or false?

> I think in-game memorials are totally inappropriate for reasons
> that include, but exceed, the fact that hoaxes are extremely
> common.

> People go to online games to have fun and be entertained. They go
> to let off some steam, escape the stresses and pressures of real
> life, etc.

> They do not go there to have tragedy and misery thrown back in
> their faces.

> If they want that, they can turn on the evening news.

> They login to PLAY, have FUN, and get away from
> unpleasantess. Shoving it right back at them is insulting and
> antithetical to the purpose of a game.  

On the other hand, in-game memorials can potentially mean quite a
lot to the players who are in some way or other connected to the
player the memorial is for.

I haven't experienced anything like this myself, but I think that if
a friend of mine (real life-friend OR one I only knew through an
online game) passed away I would be grateful to the admins of that
game for putting up a memorial.

Geir Ove Alnes
xuri at sensewave.com

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