This thread was inspired by these comments in the Ideas:Another Level of SIC Encryption thread.
What I'd really like to see with the SIC is a legitimate reason, backed with common knowledge, why your character may have it be inactive
I hate when people say other characters are sleeping -all the ****ing time-.
Seems like there's more of this kind of thing going on than there used to be.
It comes with two other new trends:
First, players who shack up with each other and can't not have their sleeping carcasses seen by their fuckbuddies/roommates or the guests of their fuckbuddies/roommates. Sleeping characters are literally more visible than they used to be in this game.
And second, players who don't put the effort in to be themely and be creative about how they ICly talk about things which unavoidably are influenced by real life factors. This comes out in a lot of other ways besides just the borderline-meta comments about how someone "isn't up yet" - the one which has been shouted a lot lately is the one about how people aren't roleplaying like they're in an infuriatingly crowded megacitystate. There are others too.
I say they're new trends, the way I see it is they have come to Sindome recently along with what I completely admit is an extremely positive development: The tripling and quadrupling of our active daily player base since late last year. There are a lot of new players and I'm thrilled for it. Let's ALL set an example for the new ones who continue to come in daily and weekly by working harder to be themely.
It just doesn't make sense from a realistic standpoint. Unless it does make sense from a realistic standpoint, but then there needs to be a common reason for such a thing happening.
Personally, I'd like to see more creativity or at least willfull suspension of disbelief on the part of players who make their characters say things like this. Especially if their character hasn't literally seen the person sleeping.
On the other hand, if a sleeping character is right in their face, what the hell else are they supposed to say? "I'm looking right at them. They're... asleep."
Still, I cringe at some of the unrealistically intimate SIC chatter - how exactly is it that we pick a handful of voices out of the millions and millions which are supposedly using the system every hour, and zero in on newcomers, recognize alias changes, and scan what people are saying to each other when we're not even being addressed directly ourselves? It's a real-life condition of the game but it's still supposed to represent an impossibly annoying, intrusive and crowded system which really if you think about it should result in people either becoming disoriented or putting a lot of effort into filtering out all the irrelevant stuff.
Same thing with people talking as if there's literally only one bar on the Green sector, there's literally only one each of multiple types of professional service providers, there's literally only one channel on television. Unimaginative, unthemely, and un fun. We here to roleplay, or what? We create Withmore by living our characters in it. I'd like to see people pretend our city as much as they pretend their characters.
(Aside on the subject of sleeping, there have been elaborate plots and consequences triggered by people who've let their characters sleep a long time, hehe.)