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God (MUD)

God or Goddess, in MUDs, often refers to an administrator of a MUD server, most typically the owner.[1][2][3][4][5] Sometimes multiple individuals with the title of God are present, or the term may even be applied to all administrative and development staff, but it is usual for the term to refer to the most senior administrator.[6] A similar term, mostly used in DikuMUDs, is implementer, or "imp".[1]

Where the term is used in this sense, the God or Gods will most often be supervising staffers referred to as wizards or immortals.[4][6]

The appearance of entities referred to as "gods" in a MUD does not necessarily mean that this usage of the word is being applied; the word's ordinary usage is also frequently in evidence, referring to non-player character gods or even non-administrative player character gods.

Power dynamics

Discussion of MUD Gods frequently touches on the absolute power individuals assuming this title typically have over the virtual environment. A common conflict in MUDs occurs between an administrator who uses this power in an arbitrary and capricious fashion and others who believe standards of fairness should be upheld. MUD-related works often warn prospective players against annoying a God, citing the lack of behavioral constraint on this sort of figure.[2][3][4][5][6]

References

  1. ^ a b Hahn, Harley (1996). The Internet Complete Reference (2nd ed.). Osborne McGraw-Hill. p. 559.  
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  4. ^ a b c Busey, Andrew (1995). Secrets of the MUD Wizards.  
  5. ^ a b Shefski, William J. (1995). Interactive Internet: The Insider's Guide to MUDs, MOOs, and IRC.  
  6. ^ a b c Shah, Rawn; Romine, James (1995). Playing MUDs on the Internet. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. p. 228.  
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