Five seconds into a chat room called “Slave Adoption Center,” I receive three invites to private sex plays. From the small purview beneath a sunhat, finds a table and, kicking legs up, sifts through a newspaper kept rolled up in a left sleeve, letting the sweat-mixed print rub off on fingers.first time in two years entering a roleplay chat room, and though the medium has transformed time and again since I began, the writerly high I get from spinning the perfect post, and partnering up with an anonymous writer to clash literary talents, still remains palpable. I dig deeper into my trench, and prepare the next round. It was early in 1997 when I first entered a chat room and pretended to be an invented character with an anime face and a pansexual appetite. You could recognize Kawika creeping open the tavern door, holding the bracelet’s silver chain to keep those crystal charms from announcing a new presence.They can transform well known characters from into queer avatars from which they can enact fantasies, fantasies that have no other platform for articulation.When others come along to play, new spheres on intimacy open up, where desire is not merely staged, but re-created, and driven beyond what one’s own language can capture.Within chat room roleplaying (Chat RP), 1997 was a very crucial year.The game was released in January, elevating character-driven stories in video games.
Nearly every character you meet in the RP realm is pansexual.
Yet nearly two decades since Chat RP’s heyday, there is still very little (if any) awareness of it.
Literary scholars and magazine writers don’t notice it, and in fiction circles, Chat RP is still practically unheard of.
“I have no qualms with very slowly disrobing,” turning back to @Kawika G, “I didn’t catch your name, miss.
But I’ll dare, since you seem so tired, to imagine something to wake you. Specifically, a lap dance, from you, to the lucky volunteer, me.” Voice was sweet, dripping playful charisma, “But don’t you think about touching me.
For those “literates” who come to Chat RP to practice detailed writing, chat rooms continue to offer space and time to bond with their character, to foster the savvy and know-how to respect that character’s actions, to attune themselves to their psychological imprints, and to play them against other settings and peoples.