Post by Kevrob Post by Dorothy J Heydt
Way back in the late 1990s, with Turbine's first game, _Asheron's
Call,_ I did occasionally get asked, "Are you a girl in RL?" and
I would answer, "Well, at 65 [or whatever age I was that year],
hardly a girl, but I'm female, and you know what the response
"Wow! You're OLD and you're playing an online game! That is so
Well, it _was_. I'm not quite where you were then, and a guy, but
I don't bother with gaming. But it actually is cool for older folks
to play, and research shows that, for at least some kinds of online games,
They found that the majority of older and highly practiced players were
able to match or exceed the performance of younger users who had not played
very much. Any lead seniors had, though, significantly declined after the 21-
to 30-year-olds had completed more than 10 practice sessions.
I don't know if LoTRO would qualify, but it would not surprise me
if it did. It's be a nice rebuttal to all the "it'll rot your brain"
comments I've heard from mundanes ever since I picked up my first comic
Considering all the math players have to run through,
particularly in tabletop games, it's not surprising that players'
brains don't rot. (Unless they also do drugs, which generally
they don't because ... it would hose their math skillz.)
Post by Kevrob
Nice attitude that young fellow had, though.
Yes. I was very pleased.
The only time I ever had trouble with a fellow AC player was as
I was on duty as an Advocate (volunteer online help desk,
answering /tells and giving advice to players; the service was
discontinued in year 2). If I didn't know the answer to a
question, I could talk to other Advocates on a private channel
to see if they knew. If somebody started causing actual trouble,
I could put out a call to a Sentinel, who could come in cloaked,
observe the situation, and deal with it (up to and including
barring the perp from the game).
For coding reasons I won't go into, the same character could not
be an Advocate and also a PK (=Player Killer, one enabled to PvP).
So on the one all-PK world, Darktide, there were no Advocates, no
way of calling a Sentinel.
That's why, one day when I was on Advocate duty, a brand-new
character came out of the newbie instance, calling himself (no
kidding) Jeffrey Dahmer. He walked up to me and started
"hitting" me with a staff. This didn't, of course, hurt me any.
I tried talking to him, but he wouldn't talk, just kept waving
his stick at me. So I called for a Sentinel.
Sentinel showed up, talked to the guy; turned out he was having
problems with somebody on Darktide, couldn't call a Sentinel from
there, so he made a character on a non-PK world. So far, so
good. But why in @#*1 (to quote Puck) he didn't just *ask* me to
call a Sentinel, I've never known. The Sentinel packed him off
to the little Sentinel's room (a one-landblock instance from
which the player could not port away nor log out) and talked to
him, and I guess eventually went to Darktide and dealt with the
That's *one*, over the space of seven or eight years.
Dorothy J. Heydt
djheydt at gmail dot com