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10-22-2007 @ 2:24PM
@10I wouldn't say video games are completely socially acceptable just yet, especially since they are the political scapegoat to the "decline in social values" and all the other garbage that Jack Thompson and Co. spits out into the news media every week. Given that however, games are an important part of kids, and have been since Lincoln Logs, which were the shit by the way back then.WoW for me is actually the second MMO I've played, the first being Ragnarok Online, which I played on private servers. Perhaps that is why I am all too used to the childish mentality that is often displayed in WoW, because back in the private RO server days, players, and admins, were 12, had no idea what a SQL server was, and had no concept of fairness. I quit playing RO on privates after my character was deleted for the 3rd time and went back to consoles, and then WoW last year. Many friends of mine however have played some of the old games, EQ, UO (an old friend spent his senior year in the computer lab playing UO, he had to repeat the year)Part of the problem stems from what I believe is the current generation of RPG'ers versus the previous generation of RPG'ers. Old school RPG'ers played tabletop RPG's, NES/SNES Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, and Blizzard's original RPG's and RTS's, Diablo, Warcraft, and Starcraft. Today's RPG'ers hardly are into tabletops, haven't played a Final Fantasy before 7, probably don't know the awesome that is Xenogears, and really just simply don't understand what it is to roleplay in a video game.I could be wrong, but that's how often I've seen it. I do not play on an RP server, and I probably won't, but if I was going to be on one, I would RP and expect those I RP with to at least take it semi-seriously, that's what it is for.And seriously, most of these kids do not even know WHO Chuck Norris is. I've had several people seriously ask who he is in Barrens chat on my server.
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