So many people in our community as well as around the Role Playing community have a word that makes or breaks complete immersion or scenes with a single utterance of it. The word is Godmodding or Godmode.
Today, I am going to dip into this word and what it really is and means to a Role Play.
So, first of all, what is Godmode? Well the definition has been given numerous forms, I.E. Powergaming, or Metagaming. But it’s true definition is, the Role Playing act of taking control of another player’s character during roleplay via forcing that character to accept an action/situation without reasonable or logical consideration.
When a player, we will designate as Player A, forces another player, Player B, through in character or even Out of Character demands/actions/means to perform actions made that are not made by that player. The action is a Godmode. In example I will use Player A and Player B.
Player A, has their character spit in the face of Player B without the concept of an attempt of the spit given. Player B, then forces the reaction of dodging the spit, which was already forced to connect, and immediately kills Player A with a Knife stab to the throat. Player A then Out of Character stops the Role Play because Player B overreacted.
But the question left is, who is in the wrong? The answer is both of them. Player A, made a mistake first, but Player B did not take the time to peacefully settle the issue prior to posting. and only returned the same treatment.
In role play Rules are a difficult thing to manage, and for some an understanding of certain rules was never explained. From day one nurturing acceptable role play practices is a key part of teaching a new Role Player the ways to interact in situations without damaging the enjoyment of others involved.
But, what is Powergaming and Metagaming, if that is Godmodding, what’s the difference?
That is a good question, from the perspective of the roleplay wikia Powergaming is defined as:
the actions of a person who presumes or declares that his or her own action against another player character is successful without giving the other player character the freedom to act on his own prerogative. They may also be a player who tries to force others to participate in role-playing they don’t want to engage in.
Meaning that, a player through IC actions dictates the success of other people without allowing others to have a chance to react. In example lets look back at the Godmodding example above.
Player A, Powergamed Player B. which lead Player B, to Godmode Player A. Thus, causing a full conflict of what was okay and not okay.
Now, in finally what about Metagaming? How does it fit into all of this? Well, Metagaming is as defined by Wikipedia is:
Metagaming: a term which describes a players use of real-life knowledge concerning the state of a situation to determine their characters actions.
What does this mean? for SL, it means that if you as a player are told something or see something OOCly (I.E. seeing someone coming toward you on the Minimap, and then automatically fighting them because you know what group they are with Out of Character even though you have never met them In Character.)
Sadly, in Secondlife, Metagaming is something that is a obscenely massive problem for the RP community. People all over Secondlife use things that are out of character knowledge all the time whether it be using the minimap, camming, looking at tags, watching for “entering chat range” warnings, etc.
But the solution is not as easy as the problem. So, stopping the concept of “Metagaming”, has become a niche and usually laughed off issue that not many people would like to deal with because of how easy things have been made to grow dependent on.
So, what do you think? Do you think these are issues you see often in Secondlife? How can we fix these problems without alienating nearly everyone in Gor? When will we decide that Role Play is acceptable and who is in the right when it comes to these issues?
Bratling (Alexis Tailleur)