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Bk Ray

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Your digital 'essence' is either...

Stuck in an 80's themed seaside resort, with a beach and you have eternal youth with your partner (optional!), the town is full of similar people. Some 'visitors from time to time' and you have the options to move to the 90's if you would like. We'll say that is split into numerous back-ups, from time to time, the occasional acquaintance might be there (assume that perhaps a couple of your class mates were from school, a former colleague etc and someone from your street when you were growing up, maybe a friends brief ex girlfriend or boyfriend - people you would add as an acquaintance on facebook). From a Friend's TV show, you are Joey and say Janice, Gunther and one of Rachel's sisters etc. The environment is reasonably safe, but you are aware that you are a 'ghost in the machine'. Alternatievly you can swap your partner with someone else, who is important in your life (so Joey could have say Chandler or Rachel instead).

or.....

Stuck in a 'Star Trek' parody in an infinite simulated universe. You are leading the ship with half a dozen of your work colleagues (and it is the revised universe - you have working parts). Plenty of excitement and wonder, but you have gamer's in the universe as well, which you can avoid if you wish. You are in the web, assume you are safe from being put into a pocket programme.





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The Black Guardian

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You had me at "80s themed." \:D

I'm choosing the resort, but you'd never catch me near the beach. I hate sand. And not too fond of sunlight.

I'd also typically be dressed in black jeans.




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Bk Ray

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Although the Beach never seemed packed, I would go 80's over the Star Trek theme.





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The Black Guardian

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Also:
- I've got practically no adventuring spirit to speak of. I'd rather sit in a sealed temperature-controlled room than go anywhere. I don't even like vacations. So, exploring an infinite universe doesn't appeal to me.
- I don't even want to be around my colleagues when I'm at work. At best, they're a necessary evil. So, leading a team of them doesn't appeal.
- Family and friends, I tolerate... usually.
- Having to put up with "gamers" makes me cringe, but at least you say I can avoid them. Still, there's not enough enticement for that second option.

When I look at MMORPGs, the thing that interests me most is how detailed and varied I can make my avatar and not so much what I can do with the avatar. For the past year or so, my favourite "gaming" outlet has been Paragon Chat despite there being almost nothing to do. Paragon Chat is an XMPP chat program with a City of Heroes overlay. You've got the full power of the old CoH costume design to create your avatar, but it's just a chat program, so there's not much else to do. The game world/universe still exists in the nearly stagnant state it was at CoH's shutdown, but there are no MOBs to fight or interacting NPCs (for the most part). You get no super powers either, except for travel powers (for the most part).




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Unstable Molecule


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I think most people will choose San Junipero, mostly because it was portrayed as a place where two people found their soul mates and lived happily ever after, whereas the USS Callister was a place where innocent people were victimized/subjugated by an all-powerful monster. But neither place was really depicted as heaven on earth, were they?

Take the San Junipero episode. It focused on the two women who fell in love, but there was a third character too. There was a blond guy who fell in love with the black woman. He repeatedly told her he thought they had a real connection. But she kept telling him that she had used him for sex and didn't want to know him. Was that guy enjoying his afterlife?

Just because you are permanently young and on vacation doesn't mean you are going to be happy. Frankly, it looked like an extremely shallow place where people were clubbing (or sex-dungeoning) their way through their afterlife without forming meaningful relationships. Sounds like someplace I'd like to visit for a couple of weeks, but definitely not someplace to spend the infinite hereafter.

As for the USS Callister - no thank you. Being stuck in a virtual world with a bunch of gamers who are at liberty to be the massive trolls they naturally are? Sounds more like hell.




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Bk Ray

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I am actually quite shallow.

I think it's important to note, that in San Junipero, you COULD be single, but I did provide a pass - you can choose one person and there will be a few acquaintances guaranteed.

Yes, eventually shallowness may overcome you, which is why it is important that your social group is well adjusted. Otherwise, it would be a real life version of Angel from Buffy.

The gamer's would do my head in and I'd always be stressed out if the the web won't down (the controlled San J universe seems more secure to me).

Would you do one, or would you take the risk? (I know it's not strictly true, but assume that USS Callister is a choice like San J, not just a duplicate).











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    Quote:

    I am actually quite shallow.



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    I think it's important to note, that in San Junipero, you COULD be single, but I did provide a pass - you can choose one person and there will be a few acquaintances guaranteed.



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    Yes, eventually shallowness may overcome you, which is why it is important that your social group is well adjusted. Otherwise, it would be a real life version of Angel from Buffy.



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    The gamer's would do my head in and I'd always be stressed out if the the web won't down (the controlled San J universe seems more secure to me).



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    Would you do one, or would you take the risk? (I know it's not strictly true, but assume that USS Callister is a choice like San J, not just a duplicate).



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Detailed like this Junipero seems safer, more enjoyable and allow for meeting more variety of people. My workmates are almost all men...so definitely not enough women in USS case...lol


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MysteryMan


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    Quote:
    Also:
    - I've got practically no adventuring spirit to speak of. I'd rather sit in a sealed temperature-controlled room than go anywhere. I don't even like vacations. So, exploring an infinite universe doesn't appeal to me.
    - I don't even want to be around my colleagues when I'm at work. At best, they're a necessary evil. So, leading a team of them doesn't appeal.
    - Family and friends, I tolerate... usually.
    - Having to put up with "gamers" makes me cringe, but at least you say I can avoid them. Still, there's not enough enticement for that second option.



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    When I look at MMORPGs, the thing that interests me most is how detailed and varied I can make my avatar and not so much what I can do with the avatar. For the past year or so, my favourite "gaming" outlet has been Paragon Chat despite there being almost nothing to do. Paragon Chat is an XMPP chat program with a City of Heroes overlay. You've got the full power of the old CoH costume design to create your avatar, but it's just a chat program, so there's not much else to do. The game world/universe still exists in the nearly stagnant state it was at CoH's shutdown, but there are no MOBs to fight or interacting NPCs (for the most part). You get no super powers either, except for travel powers (for the most part).


They should use Champions costume generator...far better looking graphics.


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The Black Guardian

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    Quote:

      Quote:
      When I look at MMORPGs, the thing that interests me most is how detailed and varied I can make my avatar and not so much what I can do with the avatar. For the past year or so, my favourite "gaming" outlet has been Paragon Chat despite there being almost nothing to do. Paragon Chat is an XMPP chat program with a City of Heroes overlay. You've got the full power of the old CoH costume design to create your avatar, but it's just a chat program, so there's not much else to do. The game world/universe still exists in the nearly stagnant state it was at CoH's shutdown, but there are no MOBs to fight or interacting NPCs (for the most part). You get no super powers either, except for travel powers (for the most part).



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    They should use Champions costume generator...far better looking graphics.

Yeah, well, it's made and supported by CoH fans, who don't particularly care for Champions. It's one of the pseudo-pirate emulator groups (part of the CoHTitan.com fan community). The whole point of it comes from the fact CoH was shut down, and they (we) aren't happy about that. The general consensus of the community is that CoH had the better community and setting. But I do agree that the Champions Online graphics look better. Most don't seem to share my opinion on that, thinking Champions Online is too cartoony.




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