Computerspil II Game Communities (22/03/02). how collaboration started. beyond email. texts not only in our machines (servers...) shared textual space across geographical borders authorial collaboration: author-author (noonquilt) author-machine-author (everything)
Strange collaborative/connected textual phenomena:
community=simple: people doing things together? or needs more structure?
“Being alive as human beings means that we are constantly engaged in the pursuit of enterprises of all kinds, from ensuring our physical survival to seeking the most lofty pleasures. As we define these enterprises and engage in their pursuit together, we interact with each other and with the world accordingly. In other words, we learn.
Over time, this collective learning results in practices that reflect both the pursuit of our enterprises and the attendant social relations. These practices are thus the propety of a kind of community created over time by the sustained pursuit of a shared enterprise. It makes sense, therefore, to call these kinds of communities communities of practice”
(Wenger, Etienne. 1998)
They are virtual environments that attempt to emulate three dimensions: height, width, and depth, as well as all five sensory perceptions: sight, smell, sound, touch, and taste, all using plain text (ASCII) characters.
MOOs may be social, educational, or professional environments, usually structured to "look" and "feel" like actual physical locations, complete with all manner of rooms, including libraries, auditoriums, meeting rooms, courtyards, offices, and lounges, classrooms.
Diego- Elves are wimps! I refuse to risk my life for you.
Aradiel- Oh, bugger off, you do it for the money, not for us.
Andune- Unless he apologizes I am not going anywhere.
Julius- Apologize for what? The elves bit?
Andune- Whatcha think?
Julius sadly shakes his head.
Diego caresses his axe provocatively.
Don Diego- Make me, elf.
Aradiel (OOC)- Oh, come on, sure you are not going to start with race again...
Diego (OOC)- I’m a bloody dwarf, I am roleplaying.
Andune (OOC)- It’s always the same, all because of that game where I killed you.
Julius- Noble friends, let us not linger any longer...
Aradiel leads Andune away from Diego by the arm and looks furiously at both.
Aradiel- Can we move ON, PLEASE? If we don’t find the stupid maiden forget the next level, AND the gold.