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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 9 hunting). At special events all players are judged according to the standards of this higher level of competency and their adherence to the structural controls. The social benchmark of behavior, which is known as the Pilot’s Code, established by Virtual World, has been appropriated by pilots and implemented in creative ways that have an impact when people are wronged and even in the most normal of situations. Eighty-two percent of the respondents of the 2000 survey strongly agreed or agreed that the Pilot’s Code was an important factor in their enjoyment of the game. Players set the standards by dealing with violations. The Pilot’s Code helps new players because other players protect them from unethical practices, such as "rookie hunting" – protection which allows new players to get familiar with the games without the frustration of being attacked by more experienced players. Typical online games, in contrast, have no deterrent to this type of behavior. One pilot in the study confessed to rookie hunting and the consequences he faced afterwards: I was an expert playing against a "Newbee", and I tore this guy a new asshole. I mean I lit him up from stem to sternum. I probably killed him ten times. That's a big Pilot's Code no-no. So in turn, everyone went for me in the next game, and I felt helpless. Man, if you don't play fair, don't play. (Pilot 3) The Pilot's Code also helps the more experienced players by setting expectations that all pilots act not only ethically, but also honorably. One pilot tells about a dishonorable act that he personally experienced and made an impression on him: We were having leagues at Chicago, and the two teams facing each other agreed on taking a certain Mech. When the mission started, one team had

Authors: Tew, Chad.
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A Challenge to the Duel
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hunting). At special events all players are judged according to the standards of this higher
level of competency and their adherence to the structural controls.
The social benchmark of behavior, which is known as the Pilot’s Code,
established by Virtual World, has been appropriated by pilots and implemented in
creative ways that have an impact when people are wronged and even in the most normal
of situations. Eighty-two percent of the respondents of the 2000 survey strongly agreed or
agreed that the Pilot’s Code was an important factor in their enjoyment of the game.
Players set the standards by dealing with violations. The Pilot’s Code helps new players
because other players protect them from unethical practices, such as "rookie hunting" –
protection which allows new players to get familiar with the games without the
frustration of being attacked by more experienced players. Typical online games, in
contrast, have no deterrent to this type of behavior. One pilot in the study confessed to
rookie hunting and the consequences he faced afterwards:

I was an expert playing against a "Newbee", and I tore this guy a new
asshole. I mean I lit him up from stem to sternum. I probably killed him
ten times. That's a big Pilot's Code no-no. So in turn, everyone went for
me in the next game, and I felt helpless. Man, if you don't play fair, don't
play. (Pilot 3)
The Pilot's Code also helps the more experienced players by setting expectations that all
pilots act not only ethically, but also honorably. One pilot tells about a dishonorable act
that he personally experienced and made an impression on him:

We were having leagues at Chicago, and the two teams facing each other
agreed on taking a certain Mech. When the mission started, one team had


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