Reflections

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Aug 202014
 

Reflections
There is something about the mirrors in this game that draws me.

The quality of the mirror reflection is directly related to the quality of your video card; back in the bad old days I saw no reflection at all. But now I do and for some reason I find it fascinating.

Every time.

I am already watching my avatar, meaning, a stand-in version of me, more or less, standing there on my computer screen. Reflecting my avatar just makes it feel more … I don’t have the words here. Not “real”, nothing about DDO is “real”. Not “realistic” either. Avatar-y? As if Mawry is somehow more plugged into the game world when she can see herself reflected in the game’s virtual reflectors?

Wispy images
Reflection of character
Game play cohesion

Even the haiku doesn’t really get it right. But it’s closer.

It is interesting and vaguely related that a hand-mirror is used as one of the classic tests of life; can’t tell if someone is alive or dead? Hold a hand-mirror up to their mouths and see if their breath causes fogging.

Flex Mawry, flex! The world is looking at you through that mirror. Prove that you are (virtually) alive! Flex!

🙂 😀 🙂

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  1. I think the first 3D game I encountered a mirror, I engaged the reflection with some aggression, *pew-pew-pew*… Wow, this guy is tough! *pew-pew-pew* Wait, wait a minute, it jumps when I jump … *pew-pew-pew* … and I’m not getting damaged *pew-pew-pew* … … *pew* … oh, is THAT what I look like?!

    It was a first-person-shooter game, Duke Nukem 3D, apparently I encountered myself before I’d played multi-player (I played a lot of multi-player). The first mirror is in the first level, so much was crammed into that first level to showcase the game in all its 2.75D glory 😛

    Most mirrors in the game broke when you shot them, but that would’ve ruined what they were trying to achieve in that level, I may have almost run out of ammo trying to kill my reflection…

  2. I always get fascinated by the reflections as well :).

  3. Ninjas don’t make reflections except those of their prey.

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