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Old 2010-02-02, 10:31   Link #87
Adeptus Animus
Join Date: Jan 2007
Age: 31
Originally Posted by roriconfan View Post
Before we go on, let's clear something. The term "role play" has been greatly mistaken to be farming/griding/buying and selling. That is not role play; it's statistics growth. Role play is about playing a character. And a character cannot be any random set of polygons that no matter what haircolour or height you give him/her during creation, he/she will act the same in any case in the game. Role play is about limitations and specializations in behaviour. NOT ups n' downs in statistics.
Many games for example have the alliance aspect, where a good willing character can't steal and a evil willing character can't enter holy places. This way no matter how well you play a character, he/she will never unlock everything in the game.
Role play is also about being able to affect the outcome of cetain events. And sadly very few RPG games so far allow you to change the ending. I don't know if paths in date sims count as well but games with multiple endings are a way of showing true interaction in the story.
That was true in the days where the term was first used, however these days roleplay has another meaning, and that is the one used in most video games. In this meaning, you assume the role of a certain character and experience their story. 'Play their role' as it were.

True influence is impossible in video games anyway, only the pen and paper RPG's can deliver true influence.
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