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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 20 transparent. The act of blowing others up is part of the display of skill that goes on at a BattleTech installation. Pilots display a great deal of bravado at the installation in their speech, dress, and action. One pilot said that the reason he liked BattleTech fans is that they are "competitive in a more open way." This bravado and openly competitive style is expressed best in the challenge to duel issued to other pilots. Pilots make direct challenges to one or more players or they might put their personal or clan’s title on the line and invite other players to duel for it. It is considered honorable to accept such duels. Clan Seraphim underscored the importance of accepting duels in its proclamation to other pilots. One pilot said, "One thing that I always do is I always except a challenge no matter what." (Pilot 1) When smack talk produces a challenge, pilots have one honorable way to defuse the situation, basically by accepting the challenge and blowing people up. This furthers the consumption goals of the company and invites players to return to resolve their differences. But the transparency is achieved by making the game seem or text seem like a natural outcome rather than a complicated social accomplishment that attempts to make the text fit the context. The special-event format provided a site from which to observe the interaction between producers and the structural controls they have created and their customers who have adapted and created their own structural controls. The result is that fans are able to wrest control and maintain the ideology of textualism that is first imposed by the producer. First, my study shows that these dedicated fans have adapted the norms of the center, or the Pilot’s Code, and applied the social benchmark – a standard by which social expectations are set – in a manner that has affected the way the game or text is treated. Second, the social customs and the complexity of the game have encouraged players to share their knowledge and cultivate new players, who will establish themselves as

Authors: Tew, Chad.
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A Challenge to the Duel
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transparent. The act of blowing others up is part of the display of skill that goes on at a
BattleTech installation. Pilots display a great deal of bravado at the installation in their
speech, dress, and action. One pilot said that the reason he liked BattleTech fans is that
they are "competitive in a more open way." This bravado and openly competitive style is
expressed best in the challenge to duel issued to other pilots. Pilots make direct
challenges to one or more players or they might put their personal or clan’s title on the
line and invite other players to duel for it. It is considered honorable to accept such duels.
Clan Seraphim underscored the importance of accepting duels in its proclamation to other
pilots. One pilot said, "One thing that I always do is I always except a challenge no
matter what." (Pilot 1) When smack talk produces a challenge, pilots have one honorable
way to defuse the situation, basically by accepting the challenge and blowing people up.
This furthers the consumption goals of the company and invites players to return to
resolve their differences. But the transparency is achieved by making the game seem or
text seem like a natural outcome rather than a complicated social accomplishment that
attempts to make the text fit the context.
The special-event format provided a site from which to observe the interaction
between producers and the structural controls they have created and their customers who
have adapted and created their own structural controls. The result is that fans are able to
wrest control and maintain the ideology of textualism that is first imposed by the
producer. First, my study shows that these dedicated fans have adapted the norms of the
center, or the Pilot’s Code, and applied the social benchmark – a standard by which social
expectations are set – in a manner that has affected the way the game or text is treated.
Second, the social customs and the complexity of the game have encouraged players to
share their knowledge and cultivate new players, who will establish themselves as


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