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Posted: Jul 29th 2011 7:17PM tephys said

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Wow this is pretty intense stuff. If there is an in-game soap opera...I'd watch it.

Posted: Jul 29th 2011 8:25PM Graill440 said

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It takes two to create drama, remove yourself or the person doing it if you have the means in guild, end of drama, though few people have the fortitude to do this, always trying to mediate something, wasting time. Real life friends create little to no drama and are preferred over the internet aquaintances most folks are familiar with, you each know the others standards and there is the "i know where you live" factor.

The easiest thing to do is not state or say anything, simply leave, if your worried about one upmanship or making a point then you shouldnt be doing what your doing in the first place.

Blizzard was doing it right when they were going to the real id, accountab ility is a great thing.

Posted: Jul 29th 2011 11:59PM Space Cobra said

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Comments :

"1. Don't make it (RP) your only reason to be in the game."

Pretty much the same in life. If you have only one mission/focus and are not adaptable, you are going to get burned. Actually, this supports my own hypothesis of what makes a great MMO : Offer your players a wide variety of things to do in you game. If you are bored of crafting, PvE, and even the player RP, the game should provide one with alternatives to stay online. And yes, I even though, IMO, that would make a great MMO, sometimes going offline and doing something else is ALSO an option.

"3. Keep the separation of IC and OOC clean and open.

Sometimes, you're going to get really involved in a scene. Identifying with your character isn't just inevitable, it's good roleplaying and a good chance for you to put some real emotion into an exchange."

Actually, #2 also applies to what I will offer: There are two ways to act in a movie/play/TV show in real life. One is to be classically trained (like the Shakespeare Theater) and the other is to use one's emotions to get things out. When an audience sees something "real" they can identify with an character, even one they may've hated, and the Academy Award can go to them.

I prefer the former, but it is easier for many of the great actors to "cheat" and use the latter (normally someone remembers a sad situation in their own lives and brings it to the screen, etc.). Most people make an assumption that actors are just "acting", but many put in real thoughts and feelings behind their scenes and this can make them a bit hard to handle on set (like the Christian Bale tirade). Some can remove themselves from their emotion fast, but others need a bit of time before they cool off.

I think a significant number of roleplayers (and actors) don't identify these two things and "lose themselves" in such RP sessions. IMO, one should be contemplative/introspective or just figure out what works best for them (maybe a "safety line" of some sort that reminds them its only RPing; staring away from the monitor at something in the room, maybe a silly object). Really, the culture at large, and this includes those very same actors, just don't understand what some people put in their acting. One should look at other actors/actresses that died young and consider what sort of stresses in their life caused them to die at a young age (this is especially true about comedians).

tl;dr : In short, recognize your own feelings and don't get too drawn into them, if you can help it, during an RP session. Try to do what works best for you, be it straight OOC/IC separation or some other "off-computer" thing (even knowing the other person behind the other character makes things grounded; that's where your point #2 comes in). It may take some practice, but just identify it and ask yourself such questions if your RP sessions are emotionally-draining.

Posted: Jul 31st 2011 2:11PM HiroProtagonist7 said

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If you're playing a game and get angry:

[esc] [alt Q] [alt Y] then put some shoes on and go outside.

Posted: Jul 31st 2011 2:13PM HiroProtagonist7 said

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@HiroProtagonist7
Of course this is a do what I say and not what I do - I get angry talking about ways to pay for playing a game.
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Posted: Jul 31st 2011 7:42PM deadborder said

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Roleplaying does create Drama. You're kidding yourself if you think otherwise. RP Drama isn't limited to or caused by the MMO environment and will just as easily occur in any RP format.

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