About the contributor FireCat
Contributor's StatementI got into roleplaying about 8 years ago, and it's been of immense practical benefit to me. Due to one of my disabilities, I'm not a normal person and I have absolutely no automatic understanding of the ways of normal people; I've had to develop all of that myself, and going into a field where I was expected to build personality, behavioral traits, and all the rest, was extraordinarily helpful in letting me do so from the ground up.
As I said, this was necessary for me. It still is. I can't, literally cannot, as in "it is impossible for me", simply guess at unknown patterns - can't fill in the blanks when noone can admit there even is a puzzle, much less point to a single one of the alleged pieces.
But this is what people insist on doing. It's made me aware of a depressing facet of the field (roleplaying). There are very few open-minded people in the world, and I thought most of them were roleplayers, exploring different realities.
They're not. Some people just can't (literally cannot, as in, impossible for them to) admit their "common sense" doesn't come naturally for everyone. The only way for them to deal with all evidence to the contrary, is to create entire Virtual Worlds to escape their Reality, and populate that with people whose way of thinking must be built from the ground up . . . people who (and this is the important part) are strictly imaginary.
They cry "It's just a game!" so vehemently because to have it otherwise, would be to bring the Reality they sought to escape into the Virtual World they created for refuge . . . and, having realized that (for them) roleplaying itself is nothing more than a tool to pretend that I, and people - real people - just like me, are not real . . . I'm no longer inclined to cooperate, no longer willingly to tacitly agree that people like us don't deserve the same consideration as human beings.
As of 9/10/03, I am permanently retiring from the field . . . canceling all my ISP accounts, losing the E-mail and website, leaving most MUD's, suiciding my latest character on one MOO and my first online character ever (who is still around as of the time I write this) on another MUD . . . I'm focusing on Reality now, and leaving roleplaying to the intolerant. As Sentry said in "V.I." (by Don DeBrandt), "I was through playing."
"Make no mistake, InfoWar is intended to reflect the real world and force us to think about it." - Anders Sandberg, Final Words, Infowar
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