posted on Mar, 10 2005 @ 06:24 AM
Well, for those of us who have played RPGs in the past, we all knew one person who was just way too into it. However, that person was rarely
the sort who would go completely off the deep end, they were just terribly annoying with their stories of their level 15 psionic half-elf assassin and
his matched +5 (one ice dmg, one fire dmg). This person would go on and on about this character like it was their personal friend and hero. The same
as those who have played Magic The Gathering all know Mr. Suitcase who insists on telling everyone how he took out his opponent on the first turn of
But I have never known anyone or even met someone who knew anyone who ended up joining a satanic cult or began to think they were the
character. I don't even know anyone who's LARPed (Live-Acttion RolePlayed) Dungeons & Dragons like the guys in the pictures.
In point of fact, most roleplayers I've ever known were pretty much just guys (or girls) who didn't particularly care for sports, liked to read, and
had some form of creative expression. I can't say that they were neccesarily better than anyone else, but they tended to be more intelligent, gave
more consideration to their situation before taking action, and had better problem solving skills than those I know who didn't.
I can sort of see the "detached from reality" comment to an extent, because in a well-run RPG, one is usually looking for what's outside of the
immediate perception. If you enter what looks like a big empty room, there might be a trap, there might be an ambush waiting, the building may be
about to crumble... in a similar vein to chess, one must always be thinking several steps ahead of the present, and accounting for all possibilities.
So the person isn't so much detached from reality as trying to account for near-future probabilities. But I can see how someone unfamiliar with
something like "thinking ahead" would consider this a detachment from reality.
I would think this to be an asset to the military, but I guess not. I can't recall anyone ever saying the military encouraged thinking.