Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Jane Austen online game: Too much like real life

Screen capture: Female and male avatars in scene from Jane Austen online roleplaying game
Screen capture: Jane Austen online roleplaying game. Image source:
Grumpy Cat (a naturally-frowning, brown-and-cream seal point cat) with the caption "No" superimposedA Jane Austen-themed massive online role-playing game, with its emphasis on status-jockeying and using gossip to destroy one’s rivals, is rather more like real life than I care for in my escapism.

From an appeal for financing by Judy L. Tyrer on “Our quests are derived from player’s actions and stories. And we [use] gossip rather than swords and magic to demolish our enemies and aid our friends.”

The word “gossip” appears no fewer than 12 times in Tyrer’s appeal.

My question in response to Tyrer’s representation of the online game is, why would I want to relive elementary and middle school bullying? Answer: I don’t, not even if my avatar gets to wear Regency attire. My Grumpy Cat meme, created with, offers the purr-fect answer to this scenario.

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