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Musing on "Meaningfulness" in CRPG's - Part 2:

Greetings all,

Last time, I carried on at some length about CRPGs versus MMORPGs, and how in Dungeons and Desktops author Matt Barton succeeded in, "...igniting my Nerd-Rage, burning with the fierceness and fury of a thousand suns." In my own roundabout, navel-contemplating way, I came to understand and grudgingly accept what he was saying about how MMORPGs have ursurped the title from CRPGs as "King of the Digital Hill" for, "fantasy-themed gameplay on a computer". (I can't bring myself to say that the MMORPG is "King of the Hill" as far as role-playing on a computer though. I'm sorry. I tried. But my fingers rebelled as I tried to type it out--I just can't do it. As evidenced from the stimulating back-and-forth in the comments, the classical "role-playing" aspect is minimal to non-existent in MMORPGs anyway.)

I know that last time, I stated that I would also discuss what would comprise "My Ultimate CRPG" here in Part 2. However there's just way too much material to cover in one blog post. So forgive me, but I shall have to save, "The FUN stuff!" for Part 3 of this blog-entry. Here in Part 2 of the blog-post, I'm going discuss two things, in (probably too much) detail:

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Musing on "Meaningfulness" in CRPG's - Part 1:

Greetings all,

I wrote this blog entry with a couple of key points stuck in my head, bouncing around in there and making a good bit of racket. Let me share them with you, so we have a common ground on which to begin:
 D&DDungeons & Desktops

(1) The subject of this blog posting was triggered by Matt Barton's wonderful book, Dungeons and Desktops. As I read it, I began pondering: What is the future of CRPG's, MMORPG's, and what do the individual games or sub-genres "Mean" to gamers?
(2) Let me make something very clear: Dungeons and Desktops is a great book. I'm not writing this to pick a fight or act disrepectfully towards the author. If you are looking for a troll or bash-fest, go soak your head.
(3) I'm trying to get a handle on some strong emotions his book stirred in me. I'm also trying to understand _why_ those emotions were so strong. This in turn got me pondering what makes a game "Meaningful" to me. Thinking through it all has been an interesting experience.

So, what happened?

Well, to begin with, I read Dungeons and Desktops. If you have not yet done so, please go order a copy right now. Here is a link to it on Amazon:

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Who's the New Guy? Oh, that? That's "The Mysterious S"...

Um, Hi. Is this thing on?


Woah. Ok.

Unless you've recently suffered severe head trauma, it should be obvious that 'Bitsweep' is a pseudonym. In this age of computer crackers, malcontents, and nitwit marketers who would gleefully data-mine their own mother's health records for a buck, one must be cautious. So, for now, call me 'S'. Just 'S'.

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