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Because it takes no effort.
Sandbox - Building (Effort)
TTT - Playing As a Unit (EFFORT)
PERP - Serious Roleplaying (Effort)
Every gamemode except for DarkRP requires effort.
DarkRP - Fucking around, trolling (No Effort)
Serious RP is more free than DarkRP. In Serious RP if I wanted to try to have a fight with someone who was armed I would walk behind then and then /me grabbing them or something. In DarkRP I would punch them with my fists SWEP and be instantly blown away. Many other scenarios can be cited. By giving the power to roleplay instead of script functions, Serious RP creates freedom (because you are free to RP doing whatever you want, you don't have to use a script function).
People like DarkRP because it is easy to get into a role, and you don't need applications. I think it would be an interesting experiment to run DarkRP in a serious RP mode. (Serious RP rules, no jobs except for government and merchants).
maywon't really be that surprising.
Literally every RP server I've been on with the exception of ExiledServers and a select few have been just terrible experiences - and that's not just DarkRP. With DarkRP however, if I ever join, I expect to hear angry twelve year olds ranting about broken rules or unfairness and I expect super uptight totally "immersed" players that makes me wonder if Garry's Mod is a video game or a Steam-provided hostage situation.
To be fair I'm the type that enjoys either screwing around or straight-forward gameplay. Shoot the other person in the face? I'm down. Be a cop and shoot the bad guys? I'm down. Be the bad guy and shoot the cops? I'm down. I'm not the type to pretend to be a metro cop or a formal mayor or anything. I can roleplay as myself as a cop in a humorous manner or I can screw around in general, but I can't seriously pretend to be a cop. And every DarkRP server I've been on just doesn't have the player base that invites someone like me. Tack on Wiremod and the fact that I don't care to learn all about DarkRP and roleplaying and I just get bored. I've tried it a bunch of times and I just dislike it. I dislike the gamemode, I dislike a lot of the DarkRP players, I dislike all of the copy+paste server owners, and I dislike the fact that many of these DarkRP communities take roleplaying to a ridiculous level where nothing but butthurt can be achieved.
And this is coming from someone who used to moderate a PERP server and was considered a hardass at times.
Sometimes I hang out with Banana Lord on his server, and his server is more towards the top of the better DarkRP servers out there. I dislike a lot of the people on there but yeah. I always ask him to throw up another server with something else installed but he's a communist banana. :(
The only difference PERP has with DarkRP is that if you're on the right servers PERP can be totally fun and straight-forward, but PERP runs into the same issues with copy+paste owners or super-srs communities. I think the other reason why I like PERP more is everything is built into the damn derma, NPC's, and F1-F4 keys as opposed to having to use chat commands to pull up certain things, honestly. (I'm a caveman with a caveman mind.)
Anyway, the real reason why DarkRP is so popular is the fact that on an administrative level, you basically throw it on and call it day. It's a plus if you can do some vague modifications such as "custom jobs" or "custom weapons" or something along those lines. Cue the generic Garry's Mod staff and "Donate to us!" chat spam, but never cue a different map.
And no matter what, there will always be a vast sea of Garry's Mod players willing to play DarkRP. (Emphasis on "no matter what".) The gameplay for these players never really changes. It's static. You can deviate a little bit as a cop and roleplay a bit differently, but the objective is pretty static. You have the same situations everyday and these people buy into it. It's easy. Simple enough. Easy to entertain these people. It's probably why a screw-ball like me doesn't fit in with these guys and whenever I join, I hear some idiot screaming, "RDM!" at the top of his lungs like its going to change something. (Not that I RDM'd him but someone else did.)
And it won't change. Someone will at least attempt to port DarkRP to the new version of Garry's Mod or start anew with the same principles. And people will still play it. End of story.
I got some IRL friends that like DarkRP, so i have played with them alot.
I definately prefer spacebuild (and spaceage) and more serious RPs with more items etc.
Though there are some features DarkRP has that no other RP server has.
When you stay on a server for over 1h and have organized a organisation of gangsters with a local gun dealer and all that stuff, defending your own built base from the cops is just a awsome feeling.
Though i hate when people just prop pushes themselves around and throws props inside my house through the windows. Some servers doesn't have these people and then it's pretty fun to play on.
The freedom of building with props in your house is the best thing, i have played at least 150hrs BuildRP. I have made huge hotels that took 3hrs to build with over 15 rooms with 10 sold, though the server crashed after that lol
Because you can have fun in it.
Believe it or not, Its the truth.