As for me personally I don't agree with the general tone of his 
announcement, but I can agree with many of the points he made in that 
announcement. He pointed out that MOOs are technologically out of date. 
That to a large degree is true. We have now reached the point where pvp 
and good roll playing games are done through 3D graphical clients 
capable of doing far more for a sighted gamer than text based MOOs. Like 
everything else that is computer related the sighted users tend to go 
where they can get the best visual and graphical effects, and those left 
behind are those with visual impairments that can't use the new 
graphical software, or those geeks that like the text based MOOs for 
their own personal reasons.
As far as creativity and imagination goes I think he may have a valid 
point. Far too many mud players tend to use ship and character names 
from their favorite television shows instead of actually thinking up 
something a little more unique and personally creative. If, for example, 
you are playing a mud and discover the ship you are about to fight is 
named Voyager, Enterprise, or Defiant you would naturally assume the 
player is a Star Trek fan, and he is most likely pretending the mud is 
an extention of Star Trek. If you were to engage a ship with a name like 
the Exicuter, Milennium Falcon, etc you might then assume the player was 
imagining himself to be in the Star Wars universe. This isn't really all 
that creative, unique, and may detract from the mud for those players 
wanting something specifically related to the mud universe and not bring 
in Star Wars, Star Trek, Battle Star Galactica, etc.
As a game developer myself I can understand the developers desire to 
complain about having to compete with big name science fiction ships and 
characters as he probably wants the players to use there creativity to 
improve the mud. To make the mud universe more interesting, more 
creatively diverse, and not mix and match big name science fiction 
people, places, and things in the mud.
His complaint about players coming up with generic or common names like 
the Salvager is understandable, but a bit over critical. Not everyone is 
as gifted with creativity and imagination as he thinks he is, and people 
just joined to have a good time. Trying to think up a cool ship name and 
unique character profile does take time, and careful thought. I am 
guessing the majority of the players just signed up, put any old name 
they felt like on there ships, and got on with there adventure. Yeah, it 
might b boring, drab, but for that player it is acceptable. He or she 
was not informed in advanced they had to think up something cool or 
unique before joining the mud, and then the developer gets angry at them 
for their lack of creativity and imagination.
Finally, the developer does bring up the issue of people with physical 
impairments as a type of player that frequents his game. Putting us down 
as he did was just flat out wrong. We aren't able to move on to bigger 
and better graphical RPG style games, and he knows that. Treating me or 
anyone else with a physical impairment as a seperate species of human 
not worth his time is unfairr, but not really surprising.
After all, the majority of the people on this list already know what 
sighted people generally think of blind people anyway. They either think 
we are inferior to them and can't do anything they can do, or they see 
an item on the news about a blind musician and collectively assume that 
blind people are all going to have equal musical talents. There are all 
kinds of eronious assumptions sighted people make about blind people, 
and what we are seeing here is some of that coming to the surface in a 
negative way from a sighted software developer ready to get out of his 
current business
Do I find his message offensive? No, I don't really find it offensive. I 
have known for a very long time that many sighted people secretly have 
negative opinions of people with physical impairments such as blindness. 
In some cases the opinion is justified when their only encounter is with 
a blind person who has an attitude of being very winy, complains a lot, 
or gets angry when things don't go his/her way. As a game developer 
myself I have encountered a handful of such a group of blind gamers that 
were very winy, do nothing but complain endlessly about this or that, or 
were very verbally abusive when requesting information about one of my 
game projects. If they take that same attitude and point it at a 
mainstream sighted developer they will find they simply won't put up 
with it. They will also will find they will have left that sighted 
developer with the opinion that blind gamers have no life, that they are 
winy, have bad attitudes, and aren't worth helping. So if that happened 
to this developer I can't find what he said too offensive.
One last thought before I go. His point about the 27 players that got 
back on Meriani 7 minutes after it was restarted does make one wonder 
what were those 27 people doing prier to its restart. Did they get an 
email or advanced notice it would be back on or were they trying and 
trying to connect until they got on. Either way it might suggest to me 
as with him that some people have an obsession with their muds, and 
there lives must revolve around there alternative identities. I love 
gaming, but there is a time to quit, read a book, or do something else 
more constructive with your life than play games 24/7.

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