Monday, July 25, 2011

The Midian 'Vast Majority'

Sometimes I wonder if I talk to Midian people for inspiration for a good rant.  Just last night, I figured I would talk to Auntie, suppose out of old habit. Did the usual hellos and how are yous, and by about 10 minutes into the conversation, yep, you guessed it, we were in conversation about Midian.

What's the news?  Apparently, after selling off all three expansion sims (Apocalypse, Leviathan, and Le Chuck's bayou Quin-something-or-other), Jade wants to reboot the main sim.  This is all apparently not gossip, but fact. The money issues are now all resolved, which was apparently the key factor, according to Auntie.  They're also remodeling, and, as claimed, rebooting 'back to the original tenet of Midian'.

To be fair and honest, if Midian were to go back to its 'original tenet', it would be more true if it went back to being housed in a sky box and to the descriptions found in this classic article from 2006:

That was back when the original creator Baal was around, and the original story (and thus, original tenet) is found in the article.  It was more of a Predator/prey sort of play then.  At the time that I came, when Apocalypse had been put in as the first expansion, there was a 'hapless victim' text title one could put on if looking to advertise yourself as prey.  However, Midian was developing out of that original tenet and becoming more of a place for text RP, rather than run, hunt, and chase.  Will Midian: Rebooted go back to the Pred/prey run, hunt, and chase days?  I somehow don't think so.  For one, that might mean actually going back to use of a meter, since the original Midian did allow the standard weaponry of the day, such as Black Ops.  Considering that weapons are going to be greatly limited, this is one aspect that the reboot is not going back to the original tenet.  Plus, I find it hard to see the current player base, assuming there is still enough RPers left to claim there is one, being all that interested in the way of play way back in the day.

I suppose pressure of being an adult sim and having to adhere to SL's standard for such a sim designation (and possibly the lack of interest/the falling out of such players) child avies will no longer be a part of the character roster for Midian.  Also included in the list of character types to be dropped are hybrids (except cats and dogs), and mechs (other than 'basic' ones - no super uber ones).  Humans, as long as you're not a child avie, you're fine to be reloaded into Midian: Rebooted. (And yes, that sentence is fully loaded with sarcasm.)

Despite all the talk of going back to the original tenets, the reality is that Midian is not going back to what made it a great sim.  Rather, its just defining the restraints for the reboot to make it very clear what is and is no longer allowed in the sim, as well as who is and is not any longer welcome.  I guess that's a step up from the usual arbitrary use of ignoring, threatening, and eventually banning that Midian has become so well known for in its usual enforcement.  And Auntie seems to point out somewhat of an altruism in saying that there was never a lack of rules in Midian, just a lack of enforcement.  In part that's true, but more so, when Midian did enforce something, it was always very arbitrary.

Although, on one hand, the very reason I got banned was that I spoke out against the then hidden agenda of Midian in trying to get rid of the hybrids.  And guess what?  That's exactly what has happened now.  Some of Midian's veteran characters that still had some interest in playing there, such as Ayr, who played a kitsune and was leader of the Pack, now cannot play his kitsune character in the very city his character has come to know as home.  He either has to define himself as either a cat or a dog, become a human on 'basic' mech, or leave town.

Sure, one can say that the kitsune is 'just a character', so what's the big deal?  The big deal to me is that it is a matter of forcing a conforming the identity to a norm because of a black and white specification of what hybrids are allowed.  This goes against a principality for me that finds its core in my first life.  Sure, I'm 'free, white, male, and over 21' and, according to the standards of my father's generation, and my grandfather's, that makes me  qualified, and therefore entitled to my freedom to do as I like.  It also claims that, if I were not any of those things, I wouldn't qualify, and therefore be entitled to my personhood in the 'real world'.  Either I should accept the supremacy of being a blond, blue-eyed (ok, hazel) white man, or deny it and become subservient as all the non-white, non-male, not of age people who do not apparently qualify to be free people under this supposed status quo.  So of course I had fought, and still fight for hybrid rights beyond the cats and dogs, because such are a 'minority' that I think have a legitimate and intriguing diversity outweigh the bigotry of the so-called 'vast majority'.

But, Auntie is right, there are generations of people out there that have a sense of entitlement.  She plays into that quite well, being that, as proclaiming to be in the 'vast majority' that entitles her to shit on those that are not allowed into her dystopic utopia of Midian.  Silly?  I suppose.  Life can either be a comedy or a tragedy, or a mixture of all sorts of drama.  Our life experiences are what we make of them, and how much gravity we put into what they mean to and imply about us.  But, apparently, because we're sitting in front of a computer, we are a floundering lot that can be pissed on.  Why?  Because Midian's all about business, and businesses don't give a shit about anyone, unless they can make money off of them, and just try to draw people in to consume their poison.  At least, this is what seems to be the business model Auntie describes.  It also sounds much to the status quo of what Midian did before the reboot, so, it's just Midian, back to business as usual.

The thing is, who is Midian: Rebooted going to latch on to?  The problem is, the facts are that Midian has no fan base left.  Most who were there and of any caliber as RPers have felt shit upon and left.  One can blame generations in a generalization all one wants to, but the truth is, Midian has passed its prime, pissed on its player base, and has now run its course.  Sure, it may go a few more months, maybe a year, but unless there is found new blood ignorant of the BS that has gone on in Midian, it's just going to be a money pit.  No, I don't think one can please everyone, but you can't fool everyone all the time, as a very wise leader of one halfway decent (though certainly not perfect) generation once said.  How can there be made a claim that Midian is in a 'vast majority'?  Show me the green!  That is, show me all the green and yellow dots on the map of the sim.  Not one or two dots here and there. But the clusters once seen, like back in the days when Midian was a worthwhile place to RP.  Those in Midian know they can't show such concrete data and just blow hot air.  In reality, it seems to me the vast majority is passing on Midian.  Sorry to any people that may hold a small bit of hope for Midian, but it's the truth. I'm not going to be delusioned by a lie.  I have learned, or should have learned my lesson after being banned. Midian doesn't give a damn and is going to eventually go under for that very reason.

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