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Talk about Games Imitating Life: Rape Culture in MMORPGs?

02/25/2013 AM
Role Playing is very popular in the game world. RP server does not have any different from other server in the mechanism, the only difference is the ways of playing. If you choice play the game in RP server, then you should speak and action as a person who lives in the game.

Rape culture in MMORPGs? That's so incredible!!! But it was really happened in Guild Wars 2, a blog "Keep It Up" has written an article about this story. 

He said that one day when he was playing the Guild Wars 2, as he was playing a human woman named Sylvia, that happened to observe a curious sight at the bar. He saw a human male giving a single drink to a female character, who then promptly passed out.

Out of character (OOC), as the player, the author recognized what they were doing. The Guild Wars 2 gold player behind the unconscious woman had to drop out of the game and used a convenient 'out' as an excuse to take off from an in-character (IC) perspective.

Here is the detail about what he saw:

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From my in character perspective though, it looked highly dubious at best, and out of character I saw it as a great opportunity to pursue some roleplay. My character, who was already standing near the exit, questioned him on his way out about the woman over his shoulder. She wasn't even aggressive about it then. It was casual. Mild.

His mutterings were nervous and dubious at best. He spoke about how he had "papers" to allow for such a thing, and he just had to get her back to his place. While my character found this all terribly suspicious, he continued to murmur about how this "wasn't how [he] saw the evening turning out at all".

My character, Sylvia, was quite alarmed by this. So with a growing suspicion she insisted the man either leaves the woman with her or be escorted to healers to see her taken care of. The man refused, and immediately got defensive about how these implications were "libellous" and insulting.

Troubled by his agitation, Sylvia then called for one of the local guards. You understand, in these sorts of roleplay environments there is usually one or two RPers about who take on the role of the Seraph, one of the local guards. This time, however, there was no such luck.

Left to her own devices and ignored by other players nearby, Sylvia got more forceful. She demanded he not leaves her and that she would see to it that this unconscious woman was taken care of. Things grew more heated, and she took to trying to enlist some aid from other patrons of the bar.

Instead of support, however, she was met with incredulous stares and mutterings about what a "nuisance" she was, and how much of a "loud mouth" she was "making such a fuss" about "nothing".

As the encounter drew out, the irritation of Sylvia's insistence that the man not "abscond with an unconscious woman" grew. Instead of muttering about her being a "loud mouth", they were now actively interfering. The other characters were showing support for the nervous man, one going so far as to call Sylvia a "bitch" and several offering to distract her while the man got away. One even went so far as to try to physically restrain Sylvia while ushering the nervous man out the door.

All throughout it only one person offered even momentary support for Sylvia's suspicions. A character playing a priestess wandered by and showed concern at Sylvia's distress. However, once the man stated that the woman passed out from a drink so he was taking her home, she shrugged it off and informed Sylvia that her accusation was "very serious" and she shouldn't say such things so lightly without hard proof because of the consequences it could have for the man.

Personal, I do not think this kind of role playing scene is "interesting" or even better, it's noteworthy because of how unnervingly true to life it was. 

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