I sincerely doubt that anyone goes through life without making a single mistake. Filling out a form, missing a chance to score in your favourite sport, perhaps even forgeting to lock the door. Sometimes these are inconsequential oops's, other times these have wide ranging effects upon our lives. This is no different in the games we play. My personal game of choice is the top MUD, Achaea, from Iron realms entertainment. Being a MUD the game is played in text and typing gives me plenty of opportunities to get it wrong.
However, this is the case for all of us in the game. A spelling mistake, an unfortunate line break, these are not the end of the world.
Playing our favourite text games and no download MMORPG presents us with the challenge of communicating clearly and effectively over the internet. More often than not we are interacting with others by emoting, tmoting, or speaking. Sometimes, this can get frantic, especially if something exciting is going on; you want your idea to be 'heard', or to get your action in before things move on and you lose the chance. Perhaps you're called to lead an impromptu lesson, or give a discussion, or conduct a ritual.
For most of us, this pressure can lead us to succumb to the inevitable typo, a simple mistake that can take many forms; fumbling a name, fluffing a TMOTE, or even hitting the enter key in place of the apostrophe. These invariably happen to us all.
But how do we deal with these? Is it a blush, panic, cough, repeat kind of situation? Do you carry on regardless, hoping it wasn't too immersion breaking for everyone else? A mixture of the two perhaps?
The author of this article prefers to just overlook the minor mistakes as it catches everyone from time to time, and believes it is more immersion breaking to be repeating sentences or actions just to fix a small mistake. In the case of the broken sentence, however, this author finds it acceptable to repeat the action as originally intended, drawing as little attention as possible to the mistake.
After a few of these have happened, perhaps we can learn to slow down our typing, or read over the offering before we send it out into the realm. It is certainly embarrassing for some of us and not something we want to repeat often. It isn't just how we, the typists, deal with our own mistakes, however. As players in interactive worlds, we should not be out to make others feel uncomfortable, judged, or otherwise turn them away from RP. We can overlook the mistakes, encourage those unfamiliar to such an environment in polite and helpful messages, and foster a community of in-character depth and out-of-character support.
If you've thought to yourself that you'd like to try one of the top text games, if you've ever gone looking for something a bit different and free to play, perhaps you've looked at MUDs and thought that you don't type very fast, or that spelling is not your forte. Don't let those hold you back, many many players have found their vocabulary has increased, their accuracy, spelling and typing speeds improved. Not only offering them more confidence while at the computer playing their favourite game, but also enhancing skills we use all through our lives.
So, check us out, give it a try, we're a friendly bunch and love to see and help new faces.