|I bought this little webcam because it reminds me of the|
scrub bot from WALL-E and the tech from Portal 2
This is no bad thing. I've heard a lot of protestations from fellow gamers along the lines of "I like to play face to face. I like the personal interaction. It wouldn't be the same. etc etc etc"
To be honest, I don't think that it's had an effect on the game or my enjoyment. Here's what I've noticed is missing:
- I can't fist bump with the other players when they/I do something awesome
- I can't steal or share dice and pencils
- I can't send someone else to the bar for me
- I can't smell the other players
- The fifteen minute walk to the pub we play at
So, what are the benefits?
- We can all read the books independently (see above)
- There are less external distractions, because we're in dedicated rooms with headphones on
- Note passing is quicker and more secure, thanks to instant messaging.
- Being able to copy and paste stuff can be incredibly useful
- As a GM I can vary the media I use. For example, in an investigative game, I might need to prepare handouts with newspaper clippings or photographs or maps etc. In an electronic game I can send a link across, share my screen, copy text, edit shared documents and pull something off the internet and share it in seconds. We can use video, audio, anything we can share.
- It's really convenient. My PC is on my bedroom. I can start play with a mug of coffee, snacks and whatever next to me, get more whenever I want without interrupting play that much
- I can use my own bathroom.