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[Column] General: Enjoying r/Outside

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Today's Devil's Advocate takes a slight detour to introduce our readers to "Outside", no, not that mythical land beyond your own front door, but, rather, a game that has captured our attention. Find out why and then leave your thoughts in the comments.

People who post on r/Outside are using the subreddit’s community guidelines to ask questions about life, personal enhancement, social mores, and existential philosophies. The catch is that everyone treats this as a forum for the game they’re all playing: real life. Using their own take on gaming lingo, the Outsiders (as I like to call them) use the subreddit as a place to destress from the idiosyncrasies of life. They also act as a support group, finding ways to better understand human situations using gaming terminology as the means of creating helpful analogies.

Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.'s The Devil's Advocate: Enjoying r/Outside.

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Comments

  • maplestonemaplestone Ottawa, ONPosts: 3,099Member Uncommon
    I have to admit I miss the days when I had a social circle that could hold entire Darmok-style conversations.  That sort of cloak of jargon and references really does make for a enjoyable support group.
  • MondoA2JMondoA2J Henderson, NVPosts: 258Member

    Great article.

    Good to see humanity doesn't suck everywhere over the internet.

    MMORPG Gamers/Developers need a reality check!

  • OriginOfWavesOriginOfWaves NishPosts: 62Member Uncommon
    great article. but just 3 comments so far? it really show the state of the mmo community
  • jayartejayarte LancasterPosts: 450Member

    Really enjoyed the article and gave the videos a watch.  Also visited the reddit r/Outside forum and liked what I saw.  Great to see people reaching out to one another, sharing humour, poking gentle fun at gaming, and, most importantly, offering help when needed using language which is non-threatening.

     

    Thoughtful and thought-provoking article and links.  Thank you.

  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHPosts: 7,772Member Rare
    My original Wow guild not only got along inside the game, we did so outside.  Had a cookout and several get togethers.
  • DashiDMVDashiDMV Not Saying, QCPosts: 362Member
    Outside kind of sucks when you are a F2P.
  • AtheaAthea Niagara Falls, ONPosts: 78Member Uncommon
    OMG! I want this MMO, when does it release? The textures are such high resolution, the physics engine, everything seems top-notch, hopefully they'll have a good server infrastructure I hate lag.
  • MondoA2JMondoA2J Henderson, NVPosts: 258Member
    Originally posted by Athea
    OMG! I want this MMO, when does it release? The textures are such high resolution, the physics engine, everything seems top-notch, hopefully they'll have a good server infrastructure I hate lag.

    Sadly the in-game politics are giant pain in the arse!

    Not to mention the constant clan battles over which religion is more uber gets annoying fast. Why the developer(s?) let this happen, I will never know. ;)

    Also be very careful of guys playing girls in this game. lmao.

    MMORPG Gamers/Developers need a reality check!

  • DinastyDinasty Posts: 118Member Uncommon
    Outside is P2W :'(
  • victorbjrvictorbjr Quezon CityPosts: 205Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by OriginOfWaves
    great article. but just 3 comments so far? it really show the state of the mmo community

     

    To be fair, I wasn't expecting this to be particularly comment worthy. My hope, however, is that people actually go to the subreddit and see a different way of viewing games and gaming culture.

     

    More importantly, perhaps some of us will consider going to that world more often... Outside seems interesting. :)

    A writer and gamer from the Philippines. Loves his mom dearly. :)

    Can also be found on http://www.gamesandgeekery.com

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