Can Anyone Explain?

26Apr07

Try as I might I really can’t get to grips with a lot of the unspoken rules of this game and one of the hardest things for me to accept about sl is the multiple avs.

I have a group of people who think that I don’t notice when they turn up with a new av and start talking to me as if they’ve never met me before.

Problem is that they don’t behave as if it’s a first meeting, so never go through any of the getting to know you stuff.. That’s the first give away.

The second is that they can’t help but do the grooming thing.. this is where they either give an opinion on something similar (or the same) or use terms you’ve used in previous conversations with their other av or avs.

The third is when they’re not really paying attention and they behave as using the reference points from the last encounter

Or they just don’t bother to disguise their attitudes or speech patterns.

The main pointer is that they deny we’ve ever met before and are usually quite vehement that they have no other avs.

I try to give the benefit of the doubt in these cases – they’re just inadequate and for some reason think they want to use a new av to talk to me rather than continue with the old one, but that excuse wears so thin after a while.

My assumption is that they do it for more sinister reasons..

My most charitable guess is that they enjoy the power they think they have because they think they know something you don’t.

My most uncharitable guess is that they are setting me up for one of the malicious little griefer games that the truly inadequate get their kicks from.

Whichever it is, it shows a remarkable lack of respect for me and just shows how detatched they are from humanity as they can’t see me as a person, just an object to be toyed with.

For a while I turned it into a game and it used to be fun playing a modified version of ‘6 degrees’ and even now I’ll half heartedly try to identify all the avs the particular person has used, but it’s becoming so dull that I don’t even remember the names of what should be the more memorable ones. I don’t even bother continuing the conversation half the time as I just don’t see the point.

If anyone could explain this rule to me I’d really appreciate it. I’d like to believe that there is some innocent explanation and that there’s just some game rule I’ve missed.

Although going on my past experience with these people I’m not holding my breath.

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