Main Logo I know what roleplaying is!
Contents A few years back you knew where you were when it came to discussing roleplaying with non-roleplayers. They'd ask what your hobby was, you'd reply "roleplaying", and they'd reply with a look of blank incomprehension.

But now everything's changed. Instead of that uncomprehending blankness and a quick change of conversation you're likely to get a reply along the lines of: "Oh yeah, I'm into that too! Have you got 'Dark Swords V'? You need a Pentium II and 64 meg of RAM..."

No, no, no, no, NO, GODDAMNIT!

Don't get me wrong. There's nothing wrong with computer adventure strategy games (for want of a better term I'll call them that). I'm sure they're an absolutely fascinating pastime, albeit one that doesn't particularly grab me. (I'm more of a Wolfenstein/Doom/Quake first-person mindlessly blow the fuckers away man myself).

But it's not roleplaying, and I have this to say to practitioners of the pastime of computer adventure strategy games:

We were here first. We thought of the term "roleplaying" to describe our hobby. You have a different hobby. So...

Bog off and find your own name!
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