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Reloading... Really?

Posted Tue, Jul 12, 2011 by Ethec

Welcome to the 34th edition of Reloading…

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” – Albert Einstein

Everyone can use a feel good moment to start the day.   Let’s go with this…



Most non-MMO players believe that reality is the space in which they go to work, earn their wage, travel home, relax and do it all over again the next day.   Reality to most people is what they can physically touch.   It is concrete.   It is solid.  It follows the laws of physics as the individual believes them to exist.   It is the order that they have formed from the chaos around them.   Some even believe that they form the reality that surrounds them.  

OR…. It is what it is and you can’t change it. You live and die at the whim of the Fates.

What is “real” has come up in conversation twice in the last 24 hours.

First, the U.S. women’s soccer team defeated Brazil in a penalty shoot-out at the World Cup and as I was flying home from Las Vegas a woman sitting behind me commented on how ugly the players were; the jist of their crazy-talk was that the players did not meet the stick-figure standards of Hollywood actresses. 

If you want real beauty then look no further than Hope Solo, the keeper for the U.S. team.    Graceful, powerful, perhaps outspoken, but in a word “Boss”.   Would you rather have your daughter aspiring to be Lindsay Lohan or Hope Solo? Even her name is hard to top.

When I checked my mail this morning I had a message from CCP reminding me about their “EVE is Real” promotional program.
“We're about to launch an advertising campaign using a creative and different approach to the way we've done it in the past. At first glance that may not seem super exciting to an existing EVE Online player, but what sits at its center has a lot of potential to be.

"We're making a micro-site into a hub of creative pieces (videos, screenshots, corporate recruiting posters, stories, etc.) in order to form a virtual museum of player created EVE history. We believe that bringing someone unaware of EVE through that experience, and having them encounter this history, will enable them to get a better feel for this unique game we all play.”
So the question is, are our experiences, within virtual worlds real?  They feel real.  I have never played EVE enough to understand its grasp on a player, but I do understand how it felt to play EverQuest, EverQuest 2, World of Warcraft and other MMOs.   My best gaming memories still start with “Remember when we were in (insert virtual zone here)?” 

Are MMOs our Matrix?  Will those characters wake up someday and realize that we were just playing them?   Is somebody just playing us? Send me your thoughts.

As always, you can contact me a number of ways:
  • Email
  • Twitter
  • Telepathy (Just make sure it’s during business hours.  I hate to be woken by this stuff)
Until we meet again,
John “Boomjack” Hoskin


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