January 22nd, 2004

8-bit MUSH.

Whee. Y'know, in my entire time on MU*, I have never heard of one so goddamn hated as 8-bit MUSH.
I mean, even more than Tapestries. What does that tell you?

Now, I went there for a bit after going to Shoujoai and having them attacked. ...And, really, it's rather amazing. They're all 16-18. All of them. They actually meet IRL on a regular basis. ...Really, if it weren't for the constant attacking of other MU..

Of course, this leads to the question as to WHY they attack MU*. This is one that's been bugging me for some time. After all, it's easy enough to say 'Oh, because they're immature brats'. ...And, were it not for the fact that I've SEEN them have perfectly mature conversations on 8-bit MUSH, I'd agree.

So. If it's not simply immaturity, what is it? Well, I'm not sure, but I've figured out a few things. For example, take a look at their targets. They're invariably either TS, RP, or Furry MU*. So, I asked. ...Now, we've all heard of Luigi. And, normally, he's actually fairly sane to listen to. Mention RP, he gets a little testy. Oddly enough, shackelford came from an RP MUSH. ...Luigi does hold a certain disdain for RPers, indeed. Mention TS or furries? He almost starts foaming at the mouth and screaming about being the king of all MU* and how he's going to get rid of them all.

Oddly enough, they're all conservatives. It's fucking bizarre.

But moving on, people worry entirely too much about these people. It isn't that hard to deal with 8-bit attacks. Honestly. If you have simpleMU*, turn blank lines off. If not, keep MUCKclient on hand. I've been hit, it can handle about 300k lines or so on a broadband connection with no difficulties. If your God (Yes, I'm looking at you, Renee) has the password set as default, get him or her to change it. It's not that hard. Don't flame 'em. They want amusing logs is what they want. Don't give them as such. @shutdown the MUSH if you want for a bit. It's not cowardice. You can't win unless you really think you can spam them off, and you're STILL wasting your own bandwidth. A few people have crashed 8-bit in return. It does work, I admit. But they're damned good with their coding.

Now, I dunno what was up with you Shoreside idiots, but don't go over there preaching love and peace. I don't know what the hell you have to be on to do that. And DON'T preach the goodness of TS. I could have cried, I really could have. You aren't going to convince them to change their ways.

What's that? Anybody can change? You're right. But there's always a balance. Quite frankly, you're going to get a constant ratio of twinks to other people. It's just an immutable fact. I'd rather know where my twinks are at all times and what they're doing.

If anything, they might just help you figure out that being spammed off a connection isn't the fucking end of the world. Honestly, get over it.