Doc’s Blog … Confessions of a Game Addict: Game Dream 21: Ultimate Roleplaying
“If there existed a system such as Larry Niven’s Dream Park, where a game could be populated by people, holograms, and assorted other technological feats to improve player immersion, would you prefer it to pen and paper RPGing? Would having the entire world visible improve the game for you, or rob it of some of its magic?”
I agree with Arref on this one. It would take a far greater technology than we have or will have in the future to reproduce the places I’ve been.
Its why, for so many years, games from Infocom beat the pants off of RPGs that used graphics. Because imagination was far more powerful than anything 640k of memory can make…or a thousand times that.
Would I visit such a place? Sure, who wouldn’t want to go to Dream Park? But replace RPGing in a face to face or imaginative mode? No, I don’t see it happening. Or at least, it wouldn’t for me.