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Just Pixels...

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Lady Ariana


:excl: My views. Mine only. Enjoy my rambling. Also for all you Grammar Nazi's out there. I don't care. :excl:


It seems every once in a while, people mention how this is indeed just a game. How all our hours spent on the forums, in IRC, and at our imaginative nations are really wasted on something that is just not real. That behind our nations there is just a bunch of 1s and 0s that really mean nothing in our lives. That the game is just a bunch of pixels. But is it? How exactly can a game that is based not around the individual aspects of each nation, but ultimately how we choose to relate our nation to others, be just pixels? How can a game where we interact with thousands of people just be pixels? I mean could we just walk away from this game and not be affected by it in some way?

I'm not saying that I would completely alter my real life to accommodate CyberNations or that this is all I care about (Believe me, it's not). I've actually quit for a period (the one I just got back from) because of my real life. I am saying however, that I would never call this game just pixels. I don't see how anyone else could, honestly. I've played this game for over 1 year now. In that year I've been in five different alliances, most notably Mushroom Kingdom, New Pacific Order, and Mighty Armed States of Honor, and I've probably talked to atleast a thousand people online through CyberNations. I doubt I could ever call this game just pixels. As because of these pixels I've met and talked to so many interesting and truly awesome people.

Really, the pixels of this game, have caused me to sign up to the forums, these forums have caused me to sign up for a specific alliance, and that alliance has caused me to get on IRC and post on here and their private forums, and this chatting and posting has caused me to meet so many different people. So really, these pixels, the ones some people might call stupid or pointless, have technically brought me to all of you. Without them I would never have met any of the people I've laughed with on IRC, playfully trolled on the forums, or gotten to know in the past year. I would never have gone 'Hai' to uaciaut (still can't spell it right I bet), or said :wub: to Archon's posts, or trolled with Atrophis (best times ever...), or posted this blog. These pixels that everyone calls worthless, are pretty worthwhile to me. I'm happy to say that I've been affected by these pixels. And I really hope others are too.

So next time we all get thrown into a war because the treaty web is a mess and some random alliance we never heard of might of done something to this other alliance that couldn't let it go and you're posting some message along the lines of 'Bawww stop crying about your beating because of all the lame bandwagon alliances, its just pixels'....Remember that without those pixels, you wouldn't have the awesome'ness that is CN.


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I'll have to disagree with that last comment really. The aspects of the game people baaww about are just pixels. Infra, tech, land, whatever, all just pixels and I don't need those pixels to enjoy the other aspects of the game you talk about. It was a nice read though and I agree with the rest of it :)

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Out of the necessity of it, I should point out that your arguments in this blog are completely relevant outside of this game as well. When you apply that philosophy to the real world, most of our social arrangements have such implications. For example, there are countless reasons we get married and have kids, and the amazing part of human thought is rationalizing those processes. I especially admire that you are capable of viewing the web of impacts that something as simple as alliance organization brings to your own life. I seek such introspection, but trying to widen one's grasp of the world is an admittedly slow and arduous process.

Looking forward to reading more,


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