Why alts?

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Post Post #0  (ISO)  » Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:48 pm

I am a bit surprised by the number of alts I have played with that openly name their main account in the game thread. I get that some people may not care about the anonymity of their alt, but wish to use a different playstyle/dialect on a certain account. But other than this "roleplaying" aspect, what is the point of having an alt while giving out your main acct name? Can you even really keep your main identity a secret?

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Post Post #1  (ISO)  » Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:33 am

paging mastina on this one

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Post Post #2  (ISO)  » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:09 am

There are any number of reasons. Habit, from when the alt was secret, can be among them. Another prominent reason is simply a permanent intent to switch accounts--mastina is my main, not mastin2 and certainly not Mastin, even though those accounts were mine and predate the creation of mastina. However, even discarding those, alts often can have gimmicks attached to them, which means that roleplaying is part of the fun behind them. There's no pragmatic function (except when there is--see below point), but an alt can be a wonderful opportunity to just have fun immersing yourself in the character established.

Pragmatically, alts are often largely used to explore. They are an escape. This does not need to require secrecy--secret alts obvious have greater freedom to explore, but even a public alt can end up able to play in a different way otherwise unavailable to them on their main. This experimentation is rather excellent for growth, since the curiosity behind "what if this were different", "what if this wasn't there", "what if this WAS there", and so on and so forth, traits easily investigated on an alt but which can be harder to do on a main which is 'established' as it were, allows for improvement and evolution in playstyles.

tl;dr, alts not only give extra fun for the game, but also give an opportunity to explore and potentially grow as a player by forcing someone to think outside their established mold.
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Post Post #3  (ISO)  » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:13 am

I am not a fan of alts. This site seems to have more fake accounts than instagram.

I don't see why a good player can't try some alternative play styles and feel confident enough to refute any unwanted pressure if it is based on meta reads.

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Post Post #4  (ISO)  » Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:12 pm

In post 3, profii wrote:I don't see why a good player can't try some alternative play styles and feel confident enough to refute any unwanted pressure if it is based on meta reads.
Peer pressure is something, and people can feel trapped by expectations of them. mastina MUST do this, mastina CANNOT do that. These are things which no amount of skill can fully cast aside the existence of them being present, especially since on some subconscious level, the user themselves may believe the sentiment expressed: "I must do this, I can't do that" may not cross their mind, but their reflected actions often suggest on some level it was influencing them.

Every player has a natural persona about them. The ability to change said persona does exist, but without alts it is an incredibly gradual shift by and large. There's very little revolutionary leaps and bounds in playstyle for any player who has already established firm footing. Thus, alts are an easy way to attempt this with little consequence. If it fails, then oh well.

I personally think the process works better with anonymous alts which is why in spite of having more alts than Faraday (mostly unused and of those used most have only one game), I've outed none of them. (Granted, nowadays when I use an alt, it's mostly for the gimmick I invent for that alt because the gimmicks are fun, as mentioned.) But anonymity is optional for the process I describe.
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Post Post #5  (ISO)  » Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:29 pm

yeah the point seems to be signalling. i care SO much about changing my playstyle, or i care SO much about taking on a different persona, or i care SO much about this one anime that i'm going to use a whole different account

signalling to oneself and other folks

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Post Post #6  (ISO)  » Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:41 pm

Thanks for the responses, all.

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Post Post #7  (ISO)  » Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:35 am

I am a proud alt of Keel. Pleased to meet you.

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Post Post #8  (ISO)  » Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:45 pm

im new here whats an alt

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Post Post #9  (ISO)  » Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:45 pm

I'd also like to know
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Post Post #10  (ISO)  » Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:46 pm

eat pizza

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Post Post #11  (ISO)  » Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:10 pm

alts r dumb ty
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Post Post #12  (ISO)  » Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:30 pm

In post 7, NicoRobin wrote:I am a proud alt of Keel.
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Post Post #13  (ISO)  » Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:55 pm

Cheetory6 that vonflare quote actually made me think something slightly different. "If 3 out of 5 people suffer from insomnia, why are we trying to sleep at night?"
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