Saturday, November 13, 2010

Wasn't Quoted, But First Reference in Bibliography

Was doing a search for the hell of it on Midian City in Google.  Most of it is the same old, same old of blogs written about two to three years ago, back in Midian's 'golden age', I suppose you could call it.  Just before or a little after the Artifact RP had taken its course.  Now, other than some of the GMs and a few veteran players, I doubt there are many that know of the Artifact RP, and very few left that participated in it.  And even fewer that remember the RP's humble beginnings as a skybox back in the days of Midian 1.

Some might wonder why I am writing about Midian?  Well, I suppose it's out of old habit.  But, moreso, it's interesting to think how much I had helped shape Midian, and even influenced people that researched Midian.  It just seems odd now, to look back and see a person's writing as a PhD candidate referencing a Midian Forums posting I did mainly to start the conversation with Midian over players' rights and that annoying JSJR mantra that even Jade then supposedly cringed at hearing.  Yet, it became prevalent, even if it was, and probably still is, a misconception.  

The conclusion that Ms. (or now Dr.?) Maria Bäcke comes to seems very spot on to me:

I would argue that [the RPer] feels like this mainly because the current type of role-play fits her. If it evolved into something she would not be as happy with, she might decide that it is time to leave, just like some of the game-players have decided to do. This is one of the ways in which it is possible to see the link between the rules, the “laws,” of a digital space and that which happens in it — and the result it brings. These rules can be thought of as the boundaries of a magic circle, enabling and facilitating the roleplay as well as attempting to restrict OOC drama. But the magic circle is porous, the discussions about the essence of the medium, the rules and the code, and how to play in the “correct way” constantly continues.


This really is what we see, or did see in Midian at the time.  For many, who had a 'correct' way of RPing in Midian, they felt 'free' under JSJR.  But, for those in the past that got disenfranchised by the changes, because there was really no other recourse, they left.  Midian is not the only place that is like this.  It's the nature of the game.  Other places I have RPed at have had similar aspects.  And indeed it is a matter of being porous, and not 'free.'  There are certain liberties in a given RP sim or estate, but, they are only open in as much as the community and the sim owner are open to things.  While the sim owner has the final say on things, if said owner does things against the flow of what the community wants, and if that thing done by the sim owner or its administrators is such that it takes away perceived freedoms, then the sim/estates see a exodus of players leaving the sim.  However, what Jade, and many other sim/estate owners bank on is being able to rebuild with the new rules and lay claim to a newer community that suits the new rules.  Those that stay tend to be the ones that either supported or can at least live with the new rules.  They are also the ones that weren't banned, silenced, nor otherwise provoked to leave.  

But even so, it's nice to see that my views and discourse couldn't be completely stifled.  There will always be remnants that document my discourses and warnings of the tyranny of both dictatorship of sim owners and oligarchy of the masses.  The two go hand in hand.  And you don't need a PhD to see this.  But it's nice to know you can still be referenced by a potential candidate for one. =~.^=


  1. See, and here we got the evidence for my former comment about you being in need of a life. Another lengthy pseudo-intellectual post which most less educated people would call 'ego wanking.

    Quod era demonstrandum!

  2. and btw,

    Si quod est demonstrandum, ostensum sit!

  3. Is it still "ego wanking" if its true? :)

  4. hmm, good question! xD

    Suppose it's possible, and if so, makes oh so more enjoyable, don't you think? Call it a brand new kink. Muhahaha!

    Cum summum, cum bonum... ever notice that the Romans talk about cum alot? o.O

  5. A gross assumption? xD

    Translated, the Latin says, "With the summit, with the good." Not all so gross, other than it's hard to find the net profit of such an altruism, but still words to live by is seeking out the highest good. ;)

  6. Okay I have the time, I'm gonna hand out some prizes to your fanboy Takuma here, if you don't mind.
    *cracks knuckles and hunches over keyboard*
    Takuma or whomever you are what is it that makes you think you're in any justifiable position to make personal attacks on Ioh, in this case negatively commenting on his personal life and character, while hiding behind an SL avatar, no less? Does Ioh know you? No? Guess what, that makes you a coward!
    *awards 1st class coward prize*
    For our next prize, we raise the issue of "needing a life". By whose authority? Yours? Dude, you play SL and by most other human beings standards that means YOU also need to get a life!
    *awards "needs to get a life" prize*
    Next, "lengthy pseudo-intellectual post". Lawl, this one's by what standards do you proclaim to be able to judge whether something is pseudo-intellectual or not? Sheer intelligence? I think not, since you've not shown any so far. Moral right? Whose morals? Yours, again? Do you think Ioh cares what you think or say? Probably not, so why say it? Because you're one of Jade's sycophants? Or friends with Ioh's enemies? Probably.
    In your case it seems you're just saying it for the sake of saying something nasty and hurtful, for the sheer pleasure of it, isn't that right?
    *awards "presumptuous asshole" prize*
    "Less educated" people?!? Er...what does that have to do with what Ioh said, and what makes you think less educated people resort to the use of phrases like "ego wanking" for wont of anything else? Maybe...because you yourself couldn't find a better phrase? Mmm? And what about less educated people? Not decent enough for you? Only mix with university degree types, do you? Newsflash: "less educated" people built your country, you snob. "Look, the people you are after are the people you depend on. We cook your meals, we haul your trash, we connect your calls, we drive your ambulances. We guard you while you sleep." Sound familiar? In other words, they fulfill vital social functions, unlike your presence here on this blog.
    *awards snob prize AND less educated prize*
    And what's with the quoting of the Latin, mmm? Obviously you're offended by Ioh's quoting and thought you'd take a little bash at him, eh? A little "Here's some QUOTING right back atcha!" so to say? Think it added any validity to your insults? Nope. Think it looks neat? Nope, it just puts you into a quoting war with Ioh, which is silly.
    But that's OK, you're good at looking silly :)

    Next time you wanna swing your penis around someone's blogsite, big guy, be safe and put a condom on it why don't you? Others don't appreciate the filth stains when you ejaculate your drivel all over the place.
    *awards you a condom..."Wait, what size? What's that? Extra Extra Large? Thought you'd say that. Sorry, only have regular. Aww geee, lookit that, it fits you...JUST FINE!*

  7. Oh I don't mind. I did make this blog to get away from Flickr's weak TOS on freedom of speech anyways. Just play nice, and use safe words if you have to. <.<

  8. *smacks his extra extra large penis right in Miss Kentoku's face* You obviously have too much free time at hand either considering the length of your post. And now please go and do something within the scope of your skills i.e. cook my meals and haul my trash!

    *slowly steps back out of the fading limelight pressing the awards firmly against his chest* Thank you, thank you, thank you. My job here is done.

  9. Takuma grabs his little pecker and cries, "Oh GOD! Why is it so small? I am constantly pulling it." Ashy reassures the ego deflated Takuma, "Thats OK, if you keep pulling it, perhaps someday it will grow up and be a pee pee like the big boys have, mmm?"
    Lawl...and you're the kind of person who likely communicates with grunts and monosyllables so anything more than that would seem like a lengthy post to you, wouldn't it?
    And now please go and do something within the scope of your skills i.e. try find your teeny wiener and jerk off.
    Better still, go back to Teen SL.