Sorry, wasn't trying to suggest that the roots of the word go to RPG's, but rather that the use of the term in forum software might have something to do with the fact that a lot of the guys who originally wrote this type of software also played RPG's and MUD's.Bob the Spiderman said:Jeff. I think that its roots go much much further back than that. Its definition, as far as I am aware is,'The manisfestation of a Hindu deity in a visible form.' Hence my question.
BW. Bob F.
Bob the Spiderman said:... I have not got a clue what either of you are talking about ...
JeffKohn said:Funny, I associate it with the Ultima CRPG's.
I would guess that it has its roots in RPG's and MUD's where the term has long been used for the icon/symbol that represents your character in the game, since it seems to have a similar meaning in the context of forums such as this one.
Chris101 said:Bob the Spiderman said:... I have not got a clue what either of you are talking about ...
Vishnu is the Hindu deity that has a couple extra arms, and either a human or animal head. He works in unison with two other Hindu gods, Shiva and Brahman. Vishnu reincarnates from god to god, ultimately (in the ninth incarnation) becoming Buddha, and thus achieving enlightenment. Also the brunt of the stock Indian joke:
"Let us pray to our god, Vishnu."
"I don't know, vish new with you?"
Ba - dah - bump, only played on a tabla.
(No offense is intended, these comments are greatly influenced by my Western, agnostic, popular based culture. The Hindu religeon is an ancient and deeply held belief for millions of people who not only understand the relationships but can use the teachings to better their lives.)