Video Game Tuesday: The Roleplay in MMORPG

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This week for Video Game Tuesday I’m going on a bit of a rant about Roleplaying in MMOs.

Roleplaying: Roleplaying is difficult to define exactly, except for the obvious “Roleplaying is when you’re playing a role.” More specifically, it’s where you take up a character and play out the situation how you think that character would act. Think “improvised acting” and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what roleplaying actually is. It’s also been compared to playing “pretend” with your best friend when you were little, except for, well, grown-ups.

My problem with Roleplaying: I don’t really have a problem with Roleplaying, I actually have a problem with people ignoring the RP in MMORPG.  So few people take so little care to actually think about their character names, which is pretty much one of the very first things you decide upon in a Roleplaying game. They’ll pick something they think is funny like Ipwn Noobs. What are you twelve? I don’t roleplay often, although I’ve been in a bit of situation recently where I’ve been required to do so for a while now. It’s a heck of a lot more believable to other people or heck, enjoyable, if someone takes care in naming their characters. You don’t have to go full blown make a backstory of your character and decide everything you do in the game based on that, but at least take care to give your character a good name. A friend was having trouble deciding on a surname for their character, and I threw out a couple dozen suggestions, all of which she said maybe to. I log in the next day to find that not only did she decide on Latte as the name, but they thought to add a set of apostrophes to it. Latte” is not a name with “character” and it’s highly annoying to people trying to type a message to you. Be considerate and give your poor character a name that isn’t stupid please.

That’s it for my little rant on Roleplaying for this week’s Video Game Tuesday. Make sure to come by next week for a very special post!

 

 

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Retro Game Friday: Paper Mario

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This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering a game that I loved to play on my Nintendo 64. It’s Paper Mario!

Plot Synopsis: The game is set in Mushroom Kingdom, beginning as Mario and Luigi are relaxing in their house when the mail Parakoopa arrives with a letter. Mario sends Luigi to fetch the mail, which turns out to be an invitation from Peach to a party. Mario and Luigi then head to the castle, and as Mario is about to have some quiet time with Peach, Bowser appears.

Plot: The plot isn’t great, it is a Mario game, however it’s definitely one of the better games in the series in terms of plot.

Characters: I really enjoyed all the various characters that Mario meets on his journey, they are all great. His companions are quite fun to.

Gameplay: The gameplay is great and stands up to today’s standards fairly well.

Music: The music was awesome, but standard Mario fare.

Art: The art style was very innovative for it’s day, and because of it it’s not nearly as badly aged as other games of it’s time.

Overall: If you’ve never played it you should if you can.

For those who like: Mario games, RPGs, Super Mario RPG, Great Gameplay.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.