So something has been striking me lately with regard to gaming: we care a lot. I’m saying this because in both of the games I’m currently GMing, there has been much discussion of system, setting, gaming philosophy, character, plot, and other things (including
a contract which was drafted for the fictional members of a fictional pirate crew to sign, one of whom refused to because it didn’t seem like something his fictional character would do.
Why do we care about the minutiae of these fictional characters and worlds so much? Why wouldn’t we, for example, always take the path of least resistance and do the easiest thing. Why do we sometimes do what’s hard or what’s conflictual, instead of just going with the flow, for the sake of making these fictional people and worlds consistent and realistic to us? This is an open question for me, because I do it too, and I’m not 100% sure why. So what do you think. Why do we care?