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I am so damned tired.
I think I’m going to just not play Archeage.
I’m not having any fun with it.
So, I need to go on a rant for a moment here because I saw something that really irked me.
It’s the concept of ‘God-Modding’.
I don’t believe it exists.
And I’ll tell you exactly why.
Because NO ONE can influence your character in any way/shape/form without your permission. That means no injuries, experiences such as kidnapping, rape, etc, can happen unless you give it consent to happen.
If someone tries to do these sort of things without your permission, you are in no way obliged to go along with it, especially if it makes you uncomfortable or you just don’t like it. You either discuss things with the person attempting to do whatever and find a common ground, you adjust your response so that whatever ‘God Mod’ was attempted is a failure, or you simply ignore it.
NOTHING CAN HAPPEN TO YOUR CHARACTER WITHOUT PERMISSION.
I cannot stress this enough. If someone tries to force an RP on you that makes you uncomfortable and you go along with it, you are giving them permission to inflict whatever it is on to your character. That means it is NOT a God Mod as you’ve willingly gone along with the action. You have given that player consent to influence your character, despite not liking it or being uncomfortable with the situation.
So basically, in a nut shell… God Modding doesn’t exist. You either give the person consent or you don’t. No one can force you or your characters into scenarios you don’t want/like.
Thank you. Have a nice day.
But, this isn’t God-modding (God Mode-ing) in its full scope. God-modding is pretty much defined as the act of creating a character that is untouchable, bears some sort of SUPERSPECIALSNOWFLAKE syndrome, and/or forces every character that interacts with it to fall into its methods or patterns.
God-modding, in a crude form, would be the old ‘Cops and Robbers’ “I hit you!” “No you didn’t” sort of style of play. The GMer agrees to enter RP combat with someone yet always avoids every single hit. I get that nothing can happen to your character without permission, but let’s get real here: You don’t want them at least getting a few blows across their cheeks, don’t put them in combat.
No matter if you go along with it or not, someone tries to force it on you they are godmodding. When it happens, you can shut it down and say “no”, but the act was there….its up to you to let it happen or not.
An example from my own RP history, if I may:
A person asked if I could RP, I agreed and asked what it would be about…she said her character simply wanted to meet with mine. I agreed. Upon arrival, my character was ambushed by a SITH LORD who promptly pointed a turret at my character’s head and locked the doors.
Was that god-modding? Yes and no. Yes, My character was forced (tricked rather) into a situation that I was ill prepared for (and quite unhappy with, as a note). I would have much rather discussed the whole thing with the people before going into something like that, especially since I was given an OOC reason that I trusted, not an IC deception. I was locked into a room, gun pointed at my head, nowhere to escape as this person decided to try and wave every bit of IC power over me.
Now, here’s where I agree with your post: It does come down to player permission when someone is ALLOWED to godmod. When the trick happened, I could have said “Whoa, stop. Not cool”, but, honestly, it was within the realm of possibilities and I rolled with it. I was later accused of meta-gaming and godmodding myself because my character chose to shit talk the “ALMIGHTY SITH LORD” instead of pleading and begging for her life, but whatever.
To summarize: There are a variety of levels of Godmodding, in my opinion….from your opponents never being able to land a hit to straight up telling someone what happens to their character regardless of their say so….its up to the owner of the character to allow this to happen or not.
(Another note, I’ve actually experienced Godmodding in its purest original form while playing RIFTS MUD. The owner of the MUD had beef with my character after I killed his Vampire wife and he came down to teach me a lesson or something….he actually coded invincibility and a KILL ALL weapon into the game to come and fight me. Literal God Modding at its finest.)