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The Roleplayer's Redoubt

Is there a really place for roleplaying in MMOs? What do roleplayers bring to the table? How can developers foster stronger roleplaying communities? How do traditional concepts fit into the realities of contemporary online roleplaying?

Author: OddjobXL

Mixing Console And PC Gamers in MMOs

Posted by OddjobXL Friday March 6 2009 at 11:16AM
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Theoretically we're all just folks.  We all have the same essential needs, wants and desires.  Nobody likes idiots or elitists. 

But, man, I've seen Playstation Home.  I don't think there's likely any neighborhood on any planet, virtual or otherwise, that's so likely to have property values go through the floor.  When I say it's full of drooling morons I'm doing a disservice to both morons, as they can't help it, and drool, which can serve a useful function.   I hear the same thing from X-Box 360 players on Live!  They don't want anything to do with 99% of the mouthbreathers out there and just stick to friends lists for multiplayer games.

I'm not saying the majority of PC MMO players are prizes either but we do seem to get a core group on some servers of mature, helpful, people.  PCs have keyboards so people can, even if most don't chose to, communicate at length and in intelligible ways.   PC MMOs attract articulate roleplayers, more affluent people (that can afford good PCs) and mature gamers who keep PCs around for things besides gaming.  While folks can get a keyboard for a console the fact it doesn't come with one, and one won't be required to play console-friendly MMOs, doesn't exactly fill me with confidence about what to expect.

Case in point, a listing on Cryptic's website for a PS3 programmer.  I should be thrilled.  I have a PS3!  I can RP on the couch like a happy little potato and, I won't lie, I love console gaming.  It's low maintenaince, the games almost always work without a hitch, and there's a big comfy couch and a big old TV involved.  What's not to like?  

Well, like I said, I've seen Playstation Home.  It's a lollerstorm of moronic behavior and broken English (and I'm mocking English as a First Language speakers here who can't be bothered to think about what they're typing).  God help you if you've got a female avatar as well.

Am I really ready to see that gang in Star Fleet uniforms?   Do I have to interact with them?  Can they at least have their own seperate forums to go off on the kinds of things these guys like to go off on?  The nerf wars and PvP obsessions and insistance that "MILF HUNTER" is a perfectly acceptable name for a Federation cruiser?  DOWN WITH CENSORSHIP!1!!11  Petitions and rants and memememememe!

What do you think?  Can roleplayers and the console l33t get along?