This Is Science?MMORPG science is big business now. Every other week, a new study about MMORPG players and social networks hits the media and tries to grasp this strange species known as "the gamer".
Personally, I just thought we were having fun playing a really sweet video game, but who am I to question science?
I suppose I kind of get it. It is basically a new population developing its own rules and customs.
We're like zoo, but with less shit throwing.
Though we're working on that for an upcoming patch.
Don't piss off a Ranger. Trust me.
Now, while I can understand the lure of MMORPGs as a setting for scientific studies, I do have to question exactly what some of these studies are trying to prove.
Are they trying to develop ways or reducing obsessive tendencies?
No. That would be too helpful.
Are they trying to understand how different races and cultures interact within a common experience?
No. That could actually help enlighten humanity.
Why the hell would anyone want to do that?
No, the latest scientific study to come out of MMORPG experimentation relates to the study of the observance of possible behaviors as dictated by game construction mechanics without subscribing to accepted social and cultural conventions, and the effect those behaviors would have on player opinion.
Basically, the researcher wanted to see how acting like a complete douchebag would affect other players.
From what I understand, he played City of Heroes and, while not breaking any actual rules, went out of his way to ignore generally game etiquette and piss off other players.
This is science now? Did we run out of random animals to torture and study?
Back in the day, we studied important shit like what happened when you hooked a chimp's brain up to a car battery.
Now, that was science.
This is just cruel.
His study though raises some important points:
1) we had to figure this out?
He went out of his way to annoy people and his conclusion was that people get annoyed when you do that.
He was actually genuinely surprised that acting like a complete and total moron made him unpopular with other players.
I can only assume his next study is trying to figure out why putting food in an oven makes it get hot.
What exactly did he expect to find? Did he think players would thank him for his interesting take on game play?
He was an asshole and people didn't like it.
2) we've got a LOT of freaking scientists out there
Amateur researcher must be the hot, new profession because we don't have any shortage of people acting like assholes in MMORPGs.
Gankers, griefers, scammers...
I didn't realize special ed classes did this kind of research.
I appreciate science. Science has helped us make astounding breakthroughs that have revolutionized our world.
Have you seen the Shamwow? That shit is amazing.
But science should really figure out what the hell they're trying to do in our neighborhood.
By all means, come on in and have a look around. Take a tour and make a few notes.
Just don't come in and make an asshole of yourself.
That's what FPSs were designed for.
Honestly, I think he just didn't have anything better to do. I think he just got bored of being a professor and tried to figure out how to make a career out of playing video games and being an asshole.
Sorry, Doc. I was here first.