Who would have thunk it!

http://joelbennett.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/theory-of-fun-v4.pdf

Okay, now that the link has been given to you.

Today, like so many others, I had to take thet SATs — I’m a Junior; it’s necessary. It was a test that lasted for 3 hours and 45 minutes: ridiculous, but I’m not complaining because it was necessary. But that’s stil freakin` long!

Anyway. One of the essay exerpts that we had to read was a (Paragraph #1) on the realtionship between roleplaying & companionship/friendship. Not in exact words, but it said something roughly like: Role playing online sites, and roleplaying video games give the player a sense of companionship without the demands of friendship. The second I read that, I was like: EXACTLY!

I roleplayed for almost two years (or maybe a little over…I forget), from `o6-`07, and then took a break in 2008. FYI: I just started roleplaying again, at a site called SIDEWALK. The link is on this wordpress.    && in that time, I made SO many friendships with people I have never met. It is not in that creepy “40 year-old guy sitting his basement somewhere in Idaho” kind of way; in fact, you don’t have to give out any personal information at all, except your email (sometimes).

(1) Roleplaying can improve your writing abilities 10-fold!
(2) It gives you confidence, because so many people are reading your work, writing stories with you, and giving you advice.
(3) It allows you to fall away from this reality, and submit your own that is much, much better. And as long as you keep a grasp on the difference of ONLINE and OFFLINE, it is a safe way to experiment with emotions, events, and ideas you would be too cowardly to try in real life — where there are consequences and intense criticism, prejudice, and racism.

The link I gave at the beginning of this post is a wonderful essay by Joel Bennett (I believe that is his name), on why people roleplay, and what the benefits are. He gives a “behind-the-scenes” tour of the different emotional, physical, and yearning needs that individuals satisfy by roleplaying. For some of us, it is just a need of escape; to others, it might be just to satisfy boredom, etc.

You should read, or at least skim it. Brilliant.

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