Rated M for Mature

Rated M for Mature
As Sands Through the Hourglass

Cat Rambo | 2 May 2006 08:05
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My stance has always been that whatever people wanted to do within the confines of their character, it's all fine. On occasion, though, people have let their enthusiasm for cybersex drive them to actions that didn't make sense for their characters: Four-day-long stints of necking or forgetting about the virtual crowds passing through a room where one is humping. In one place, however, I've had to drawn the line: Players and staff having cybersex together, since that seems to inevitably lead to charges of favoritism.

A rich vein of player gossip concerning which staff member is playing which character, runs through Armageddon, and, for the most part, staffers are extraordinarily cautious about revealing the identity of the person behind the avatar. I've tried to quash controversy wherever it has reared its head, although I'm sure there have been unobtrusive instances going on. Perhaps I am thwarting true love with this policy, but there are plenty of other ways to find it behind the keyboard.

Sex in the game world even affects those who are merely watching. The Armageddon staff has learned not to go away from the keyboard for extended periods of time while monitoring clans, lest one come back to screens scrolled with graphic lines. Indeed, the code for monitoring clans has evolved elaborate sets of arguments to escape this possibility and exclude specific clan members, just for sanity's sake. There's only so much badly written erotica a person can take.

My main takeaway from the experience has been learning a wide variety of words for genitalia and that there are people in the world that refer to their nether regions as "purple- headed desert stallions" or "yonis." Silken thighs and molten heat seem to prevail during these moments, and the exchanges usually read like smutty and overly explicit romance novels. But there is a sincerity of roleplay among many of the encounters that is touching. Just like romance novels, the quality benefits greatly from the collaboration.

Cat Rambo is a science fiction writer and one of the implementors of Armageddon MUD. She can be found on the web at kittywumpus.net.

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