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TMC Player Reviews: Armageddon


Review Submitted By: Mike
Author Status: Player
Started on Armageddon: 2008
Submission Date: Sep 1, 2014
TMC Listing: Armageddon

The following review is the opinion of the review's author [Mike] and in no way represents the opinions of this website or its staff.

I've been playing Armageddon off and on for quite some time, and I think
it is important to warn people that it isn't for everyone.

Many muds attract those whose primary interest is in mudsex, and while 'Arm'
is no exception to that, its harsh environment also attracts a certain sadistic
element. I have readily detected a certain 'obsession' with protracted torture
scenes. The issue is substantial. In December 2013 an announcement was
made:

'After much staff discussion we have decided to ban rape
and sexual torture plotlines from the game.'

However, this seems to be interpreted as narrowly as possible. Compelling
characters to grovel, be spit upon or kicked hit while helpless and for the
flimsiest of excuses Indicates a MUD that is still struggling with how to
understand 'sexual torture.' Sadists need not focus on the genitals to
achieve sexual gratification. The problem with these scenes is that the
'role-playing' quickly devolves into something different than telling a story,
rather it becomes an 'Out of Character' desire to impose one's will on an
unwilling player, not a character in the story. Power emoting is a strong
indication of OOC crossover: 'I kick you in the face' is an example of a
power emote; it gives the victim of the kick no opportunity to duck, block,
or retreat. They can only submit. It disempowers the other player
not just the other character, and is a crutch that abusive and sadistic players
readily resort to, and a tell-tale sign of the sadistic player. I've seen this
kind of power emoting in torture scenes, reported it to the staff, and
was informed it was acceptable play in Arm-- merely a part of the harsh
environment they wished to foster.

In short, those who try out Armageddon MUD should not take the
prohibition against 'sexual torture' at face value. I suspect what
they are trying to prohibit is genital torture. But sadistic torture
more generally is actually encouraged in the game, as are players whose
desires are more about humiliating and bullying other players, even
when their behavior makes little or no sense within the game world or
current story line, or if the players being victimized are unwilling
participants.

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Comment Submitted By: Barzalene
Author Status: Player
Started on Armageddon: 2001
Submission Date: Sep 5, 2014

(The following review comment is the opinion of the comment's author [Barzalene] and in no way represents the opinions of this website or its staff).

This review makes it sound like Armageddon is a sex mud. It is not.
Some people may wish to play it like one, but that is on them. It's
entirely possible to play the hell out of this game without any sexual
rp of any sort.

The game is harsh. It's not a democracy. Your pc has far fewer
rights. If you piss off powerful people, bad things happen. But it's
not an S and M mud by any stretch of the imagination.

Comment Submitted By: Jherlen
Author Status: Player
Started on Armageddon: 2004
Submission Date: Sep 5, 2014

(The following review comment is the opinion of the comment's author [Jherlen] and in no way represents the opinions of this website or its staff).

You are correct that Armageddon deals with adult themes such as torture, though
it does have very well-defined rules for requiring all players involved in such scenes
to consent to the roleplay. My experience has that the staff takes reported violations
of these rules very seriously, but it's also up to players to understand and invoke
consent when required. A player who does not consent to roleplaying out torture,
graphic violence, or sexual themes has the right to demand such scenes immediately
end.

Power-emoting is poor roleplay, and I think there is a well-understood consensus
in the Armageddon player and staff community that it should be avoided. The staff
are typically very responsible to questions about what they would define as a power
emote, and there is a mechanism to report players who may be doing so to staff members
in game. Someone who power emotes may not understand why it is poor roleplay, or they
may have simply made a mistake, but I don't know that it is always indicative of a player
who is looking to 'impose their will' on others in order to be abusive.

I find your assertion that some players are some sort of OOC sadists obtaining sexual
gratification because their characters tortured another character to be the most
puzzling and perhaps even intentionally flame-baiting part of this review. Armageddon
has very few mechanisms for OOC contact or discussion between players in the game,
so it would seem very hard to ascribe motivations to a player behind another character
without making some sort of assumptions that may not hold true. Also, the setting
and world in Armageddon lend themselves towards and even encourage characters
(especially Templars) to be quite cruel towards weaker characters when displeased.
The fact that these characters exist does not imply anything about the players playing
them, and I do not know if most people would agree that groveling or being spat at
equate to some form of sexual torture, as you imply.

You are right that Armageddon is not for everyone, and those who do not
wish to roleplay in a setting where their character might be maimed or
permanently killed for insulting the wrong person should perhaps consider
a different game. I categorically disagree that this implies some sort
of culture of sexual torture or sadism by the players, however, just as I
disagree that the players or game staff encourage a community based upon
humiliating and bullying other players OOCly. In my experience the OOC community
around Armageddon is made up of quite helpful and friendly people who do their
best to accommodate and assist newbies, in spite of the much harsher IC atmosphere.