Roleplayers abuse beautiful people with photoshop effects and pretend they're their original characters.
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- Known For: Over-shopped graphics, Bad song lyrics, "I don't care if my characters are beautiful, but I can only find pictures of celebrities online, I swear!"
So you've just joined an Online Roleplaying site, and you want people to pay attention to you and your "unique character". What do you do? The best way to keep other roleplayers from ignoring you is to choose a play-by for your character. Play-bys take an eccentric but benign activity and turn it into something very, very creepy. Play-bys are solid evidence for the theory that people roleplay for pure escapism.
Most roleplay sites are escapist traps, which means that their members force their creations to do everything that they can't do in real life. Roleplayers make their characters date, go outside, and even socialize with other people. Many roleplayers have gay and mental illness fetishes and create schizophrenic pretty-boy characters with horrific pasts. Imagine accidentally stumbling onto a high school roleplay site only to find some fatty using your pictures to represent a character who is plowing some man in a back alley. While play-by supporters argue that most people would be flattered to see their pictures being used, anybody without delusional disorder knows that all but the most desperate of attention whores would be horrified to find people associating them with such a twisted activity.
Play-Bys are a massive source of drama in the places that use them. Most roleplays have 'face claim' boards where grubby-fingered roleplayers fight over the celebrities and models they so desperately want to be. A newcomer to a particular site may become butthurt if her favorite scene king's likeness is already being used. Meanwhile, the debate of allow play-bys vs. ban play-bys rages on in the greater roleplay community. Some rational people have banned play-bys from their sites altogether on the grounds that it violates the 'no perfect characters' rule, while others support play-bys on the grounds that they act as a visual aids for their characters. The real reason that they support play-bys, of course, is because they prefer pictures to go along with their textual masturbation-fodder.
Still going strong and still incredibly creepy.