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9-22-2011 @ 4:05PM
I've played many online games with RP, both text-only and MMOs, and let me assure you: every one of them had a "Goldshire" (by any other name). It seems that there are a few constants to human behavior here: people like to imagine having sex, they like to have an audience (and there's a fair amount of overlap there), and they like to make fun of the first two groups. As others have noted above, I bet half of the Goldshire crowd on Moon Guard are either gawkers and tourists, or trolls and those doing it "ironically" (a favorite excuse of those who think this makes them better than those who do the same thing sincerely, or who don't want to admit that they like it themselves).My experience with public RP (both online and live-action) also suggests that while the sort of RP that goes on in such places tends to be silly and melodramatic, it's how people make connections, get noticed, and get "their foot in the door." Those who rise above the noise will sometimes get tapped on the shoulder, as it were, and invited elsewhere (to a guild, somewhere else in the world, or both) for more private and usually deeper play. (What many don't get is that this means playing /better/, and sometimes quieter, rather than louder and harder and more over-the-top.) The cream gets skimmed off the top, leaving the insipid froth.
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