I think Scoot Kurtz said it best with this classic PVP comic.
I actually excised video games from my life after nearly losing a whole term in college to the original PC X-Wing simulator (damn trench run mission) and Sid Meier's Civilization. However, I still avidly roleplay via tabletop, and I love tabletop startegy games (Risk 2210 AD, for example).
What I've come to realize about live roleplaying and gaming as opposed to online roleplaying and gaming is that the in person experience is inavariably richer and more memorable. It isn't as convenient as the instant gratification of online games, but you get more out of it.
The same was true fo TechRepublic's live Roadshow events--people talked and exchanged ideas and solution in person more enthusiastically and efficiently than they ever would have online. People are build to work with other people, and while online games are getting more intuitive and more complex, they can't outdo the innate human disposition to communicate, and I doubt they ever will.
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