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6-02-2008 @ 2:24PM
RP'ing is not innovative, it's acting. This is not new, there is nothing new under the sun, my dear Mr. Bowers.This is none the more new than a computerized version of the "Who's Line is it Anyway" show. Sure, some people are serious about it, but it's nothing more than on the spot imagination combined with a medium that facilitates this communication.This is a glorified RP message board. We have emotes and some pretty visuals, but even then, we've had constructs on boards for years that handle emotes... ;) for example.Hate to burst the bubble of how "edgy" RPing is for ya, but it's got to be said. Nothing is new in WoW's RPing, nor any other MMO product out there when it comes to social innovation.my .02
6-02-2008 @ 3:07PM
Did you even read the article?He didn't say Roleplaying is something that was invented 5 years ago, or that WoW in some way revolutionized RP. No, he said that Roleplaying as we know it really didn't exist before the '60s. The claim is that culture is becoming more collaborative.While I do agree that collaborative and interactive storytelling is becoming more common and complex, I think it's been around in some form as long as we've been able to communicate. However your arguments and references to technology and television less then 20 or so years old really aren't valid. The article is talking in terms of the span of human civilization while your busy declaring "Thats sooo 1995."
6-02-2008 @ 4:04PM
Exactly. This isn't about the "latest greatest thing" in human communication -- it's about new trends of interaction and performance over the long span of human history, and great changes over the long term. I'm not even claiming that roleplaying is better than countless other innovations; it's just one beautiful thing among many others.There has been many other forms of storytelling, which were indirectly collaborative, such as oral traditions which got improved with each telling. Roleplaying as we see it today is just another step in that direction.
6-02-2008 @ 4:38PM
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