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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 6 complementarity, and logical negation to the phenomena it both presupposes and thematizes, which are all, as we have seen, textual phenomena, both discursive and otherwise." 11 The interaction Silverstein speaks of is embedded in the text itself. Although the BattleTech virtual reality game displays features of the transparent text – the game has its own background story, players are given a mission with a beginning and end, finally a winner is declared – it is rich in its co-discursiveness with other texts. For example, the special event itself is an interactional text, where multiple voices are given the illusion of being coherent through technique. The code of conduct, contest rules, procedures and agenda support the unity of the event. They weave two popular games, BattleTech and Red Planet, into one tournament. A special coordinator, who acts as organizer and judge, is the voice authority over the group's reading. If a conflict or a call for a ruling arises, the special coordinator is expected to adjudicate but at the same time must bring separate texts into unity. While the rules for such events are well established, recorded in a text called "The Special Events Bible," their interpretation by the special coordinator is not easily predicted before a judgment is made. The special coordinator is expected to make a ruling based on an understanding of the rules, but also the distinctive mission variables of a particular game, the proper functioning of the computer technology, or the social dynamic of the event. It is this reading of multiple texts that allows the special coordinator to resolve the unpredictability that motivated players to request that such a call be made. The interactional text, while seen as fixed, is open to give and take. Even though it is part of the agreement to accept the special coordinator's authority, players can debate the call long after the event is over. A focus on agency and textuality allows us to

Authors: Tew, Chad.
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A Challenge to the Duel
6
complementarity, and logical negation to the phenomena it both
presupposes and thematizes, which are all, as we have seen, textual
phenomena, both discursive and otherwise."
11
The interaction Silverstein speaks of is embedded in the text itself. Although the
BattleTech virtual reality game displays features of the transparent text – the game has its
own background story, players are given a mission with a beginning and end, finally a
winner is declared – it is rich in its co-discursiveness with other texts. For example, the
special event itself is an interactional text, where multiple voices are given the illusion of
being coherent through technique. The code of conduct, contest rules, procedures and
agenda support the unity of the event. They weave two popular games, BattleTech and
Red Planet, into one tournament. A special coordinator, who acts as organizer and judge,
is the voice authority over the group's reading. If a conflict or a call for a ruling arises, the
special coordinator is expected to adjudicate but at the same time must bring separate
texts into unity. While the rules for such events are well established, recorded in a text
called "The Special Events Bible," their interpretation by the special coordinator is not
easily predicted before a judgment is made. The special coordinator is expected to make a
ruling based on an understanding of the rules, but also the distinctive mission variables of
a particular game, the proper functioning of the computer technology, or the social
dynamic of the event. It is this reading of multiple texts that allows the special
coordinator to resolve the unpredictability that motivated players to request that such a
call be made. The interactional text, while seen as fixed, is open to give and take. Even
though it is part of the agreement to accept the special coordinator's authority, players can
debate the call long after the event is over. A focus on agency and textuality allows us to


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