The Word Game - Reactions
by Selina Kelley
It's always been difficult to get people to understand my addiction.
When I first started mudding, my parents barely knew what the internet
was, let alone an online RPG. My friends didn't own computers, and the
most computer savvy friend I had at the time knew how to use a Word
Processor.. and that's it.
So it's interesting now to see how the world has changed. If someone
you meet doesn't know about the internet, they've probably been living
in the far reaches of Africa.. for the last 10 years. The internet has
boomed, and so have all the related trappings-- websites, porn, games,
porn, chat rooms, porn, and most importantly: muds. And porn. Porn
Working in a computer industry, you'll probably find at least one or
two people in your office that know about muds. They probably played
in college; stayed up all night trying to kill the black dragon for his
gems. They may have fond memories of muds, or hate it for helping them
flunk out (c'mon, you must know someone that has ;)), or they may be
totally indifferent-- but at the very least, you will find someone that
knows what the heck you're talking about.
I recently started working in a new office environment. The people
there are very net savvy, so obviously had heard of muds. Termed "the
word game", muds are mostly looked down on in favor of the more
graphical Diablo II or similar graphical user interface. I tried to explain the superiority
of a mud, but was generally teased and laughed at-- oh well, I know
But still, I expect general ridicule from anyone that I try to explain
what a mud is. Most people laugh and go "you play a text game
online??? freak!". Rarely do I dare explain what the draw is-- being
totally anonymous, having no one judge you, and being able to kick the
crap out of monsters and players.
It's important to me to be able to escape the day-to-day mundanity. I
don't care if the person I party with, who says they're a 16 year old
from Canada, is really a 34 year old from Kentucky- in the game, it
Sure, it'd be nice if all the guys that play muds are as cute as the
ones I work with (haha), but in all honesty, it's just a game, it's a
way to relax and have fun within the safe confines of your own home.
There's no danger except in the death of your character (unless you're
foolish enough to meet them RL!), and there's no restrictions in who
you can be.
It's nice to be able to escape, but sometimes it's nicer to have
friends to escape with. Oh well, eventually I figure I'll convert
them, all those guys in the office.. After all, the evil draw of muds
has been known to suck in even the most innocent (and for the
non-innocent, there's always porn muds!).
November 2000 Imaginary Realities, the magazine of your mind.
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