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nemo



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 11:32 pm    Post subject: Games within Games within Games Reply with quote

There is an interesting set of posts and responses about World of Warcraft - a multi player online role playing game on Slash dot org.

Metaphors abound here. I find the (apparent) discussion by (apparent) people about (apparent) conduct inside and outside a (apparent) game to be particualrly relevant.( apparently)

enjoy

http://games.slashdot.org/games/06/02/03/2135233.shtml
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2006 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

some of the (IMHO) entertaining/ironic posts:

Hey, it's all 1's and 0's in WoW. And you can't have 1's consorting with other 1's while 0's consort with other 0's. Why if that happened the first time a big, nasty XOR came along everything would become nothing, and then where would you be?
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What next?
He's playing a Female character... That's not right!!!
She's playing a Male Orc...

It's a freaking Game. A ROLE playing game. This is insane...
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2006 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My wife and I play WOW a lot. It's great fun. And I think that the analogies to all of this stuff we talk about here are plentiful.

My question is this.

In WOW the "player" is in complete control of his avatar. And the avatar is just a puppet that does not even "know" or "think" he exists.

Where does that leave me. I am in the game world like a game avatar. I have the impression that I have the limited awareness that my avatar would be expected to have. My true Self is the player. But I as yet cannot perceive that as being my true experience. I think I am the avatar.

My Self must decide to drop the illusion, it would seem. My avatar self (me - Dave) cannot seem to will the illusion to drop.

-Dave

P.S. Going for the "stop" tomorrow. Wish me luck!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2006 4:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you tell us
Who is this me you refer to?
of course, best of luck into non-existence!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nemo wrote:
you tell us
Who is this me you refer to?


Hey nemo, if I knew this was going to be a test I would have studied. Wink

It seems we just can't help myself, can I Very Happy

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