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BadSpock's Logical Conclusions.

My random thoughts about MMORPGs. A bit of critique, suggestion, debate, and insanity. Enjoy.

Author: BadSpock

Online Maturity

Posted by BadSpock Friday April 25 2008 at 2:54PM
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The definition of maturity in a virtual online setting is as follows:

"Knowing that your actions/words may have an effect on others and you should respect that fact and act in a manner similar to how you'd want others to act towards you."

It may be a game, and you may be hidden from the real consequences of your actions by the fact that we are all annonymous through our avatars...

But even so, your actions and words can have an effect on other players, because unlike other gaming genres, in a MMORPG the other characters are real people too.

It boils down to "treat others online as you would like to be treated."

Hiding behind the online annonymitty is no excuse for foul behavior towards others.

Ganking someone for hours may be fun for you, but imagine how fun it is for the other person and ask yourself if it's really worth it.

This is the very definition of online maturity in the MMO space.

I myself liken it to the guy that goes 50 mph in a 30 mph zone because he's always in a hurry and the other drivers on the road are obsticles in his way, merely an inconvenience. He has no respect for them or their concerns, no concept of their existence other then how they negatively effect him.

I don't think it's the bully who beats up the little kids or the theif who steals candy from a baby... I think it's more the guy who feels that others are somehow beneath them.

It's a superiority complex much more then anything else, and shows a complete lack of maturity.

What do you think?