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A Challenge to the Duel: Socializing Dedicated Virtual Reality Fans to the Ideology of Textualism
Unformatted Document Text:  A Challenge to the Duel 16 in a way that will generate another round, and follow-up, which lead to a game. Although there might be variations, an analysis of a typical example might illustrate the pattern when two or more players practice this form of social interaction. Here is an example from online forums: PILOT X: WOW! An entire post about an event that does not mention either PILOT A or PILOT B, two of the most highly overrated players, good job MESSAGE POSTER! PILOT A: ...lets see....6 Bells...double master...a course named after me...you are right...I am WAY overrated... ...PILOT B ...5 Bells....double master...he is way overrated, too... ...and let’s see what you have done in tournament play...oh yea...that is right.... NOTHING!!!! ...at least be able to back it up PILOT X .....(shakes head) PILOT X: Heck, anyone could have had a course named after them if they were in a T-ran and another player double boosted into them 3 or 4 times... The first point of smack talk is to recognize some measure of the other pilot’s skill. When Pilot X calls Pilot A and B "highly overrated," it is a backhanded compliment. Pilot X at least recognizes that the two pilots rate among the best and that he is familiar with their piloting skills. The language of smack is carefully tied to the BattleTech environment to

Authors: Tew, Chad.
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A Challenge to the Duel
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in a way that will generate another round, and follow-up, which lead to a game. Although
there might be variations, an analysis of a typical example might illustrate the pattern
when two or more players practice this form of social interaction. Here is an example
from online forums:
PILOT X:
WOW! An entire post about an event that does not mention either PILOT
A or PILOT B, two of the most highly overrated players, good job
MESSAGE POSTER!

PILOT A:
...lets see....6 Bells...double master...a course named after me...you are
right...I am WAY overrated...
...PILOT B ...5 Bells....double master...he is way overrated, too...
...and let’s see what you have done in tournament play...oh yea...that is
right....
NOTHING!!!!
...at least be able to back it up PILOT X .....(shakes head)

PILOT X:
Heck, anyone could have had a course named after them if they were in a
T-ran and another player double boosted into them 3 or 4 times...
The first point of smack talk is to recognize some measure of the other pilot’s skill. When
Pilot X calls Pilot A and B "highly overrated," it is a backhanded compliment. Pilot X at
least recognizes that the two pilots rate among the best and that he is familiar with their
piloting skills. The language of smack is carefully tied to the BattleTech environment to


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