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6-15-2008 @ 11:27PM
Total immersion is absurd. When I played pen and paper RPGs back in the day, we acted in character when appropriate but cross table chatter and random chitchat certainly didn't distract from the experience and the same should go for MMO style RPGs.Did you see the recent South Park where they go to the Pioneer Village and the people who work there refuse to break character? That is how annoying and asinine total immersion role-playing is.
6-16-2008 @ 12:10AM
I didn't see that episode of South Park, no, but I still think you're missing the point. Total-immersion roleplayers are not playing the game this way just to make you feel annoyed -- they're just enjoying their own hobby with one another and don't want others to bother them in that. The annoyance you feel is coming from somewhere inside you, your own reaction based on your own choices -- not from their behavior.That said, you're entitled not to like it if you want. Just don't go around insulting people because their preferences are different from yours.
6-16-2008 @ 12:20AM
Since when is insulting a concept insulting people? I didn't say that the people who are into total immersion are stupid or call them names. I just said that I find the process to be asinine. It means silly...look it up. The annoying aspect come in to play when you try to deal with someone who won't break character. This doesn't just go for MMO games but pen and paper RPGs as well. Have you ever had to deal with someone in real life that won't let the chracter go? It get to be really annoying. I highly suggest you seek out the South Park episode because it does a good job of sending up the whole concept.
6-16-2008 @ 9:55PM
Oh okay, I misinterpreted you. I thought you were insulting the people too. You have every right to dislike this particular hobby of course, and I can imagine your frustration at having to communicate with someone who doesn't want to go out of character, especially if they're just pretending not to understand what you mean by "spell damage" and "defense rating" or something. It can be hard to get things done. The best total-immersion roleplayers I know however, are pretty much able to take everything in stride, and talk about most any topic without breaking character. They can't talk about Britney Spears of course, but then in WoW we usually don't have a "need" to talk about things outside of the game that way. If they're good enough at it, they should be able to talk about everything in game from their character's point of view, enough so that it shouldn't bother you too much.That said, maybe there's something of your meaning I'm missing still. Would you care to tell a horror story of what happened to you?
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