I saw this come up in the Corporate Branding thread and I agreed with the suggestion it deserved it's own thread.
Now, this is probably going to sound a little emo and angsty and I apologize, but sometimes certain things hit wrong.
Without going into IC details and information. As a new player here in SD, I got to be apart of something pretty damn amazing with 45 days of build up, it was the highlight of my RP here and I hope whoever the driving player behind it was, knows just how much fun I had with it.
The problem is that players didn't show up.
This is just my opinion and I welcome discussion on it, but if you're taking an anti-corporate stance, or you're trying to fight the status quo to influence change in any setting or any game, if you're only talking, and not trying to take action, or mobilizing with other players/people, then you aren't a revolutionary, you're the chum on the other side of the TV who thinks they're apart of it by supporting it from afar.
Just like the protesters on the streets in America throughout 2020. If you aren't on the ground taking those risks, then are you really contributing on the level same?
I think It's disrespectful if done on an OOC level, but perfectly fine on an IC level to consider yourself 'one of them'.
Be a vocal supporter, be a financial supporter, be something, even better, actually be a revolutionary and take a literal stand.
The resulting events really had a negative OOC impact on me, it went from the literal series of RP that made me love Sindome completely, to feeling frustrated and disenfranchised with the player base. I'm slowly getting over it and struggling to find new RP that excites me as I had been in the past month and a half, but it's a little bit of a struggle.
I have hope and I believe it'll happen, but this topic really felt like it needed some "real-talk" time.
I know it's not everyone's RP to fight the system, and I definitely do not believe this was an intentional snubbing of a player's event.
But in the back of my mind, I can't help but think people are already so overwhelmed with consequences for simply communicating discontent, that any actual action putting them on the front lines is likely viewed as character suicide. When I think bout that, it kind of feels like a systemic issue that should be given some discussion time on an OOC level.
How do we enable players to feel like it's not pointless to participate in one of the primary lures of gameplay?
Corporate power built this city, drives its economy and through the councils, controls its future. They believe that they can do anything... and for the most part that's true. Will you work for them as a corpie, fight against them as a mixer or simply leverage them for biz?