Right you are, sir. Good guess. Planescape is an amazing RPG and one of very few that utilizes the amnesia trope as an integral story element instead of lazy writer's crutch. Can't help but like the Lady of Pain too...
For years nobody recognized my avatar and now you guys are popping up on a weekly basis. Where have you been all my life? Seriously though, yeah Planescape: Torment is kinda important to me in that a) it's a great RPG and b) it's kinda nostalgic for me and not in the usual "candy colored memories of playing the game" way because first few times I encountered it, because of my elder bro, I was too young to appreciate it and I hated reading at the time. I tried this game multiple times in my life with varying results depending on how old I was at the time, until I finally grew up to it and beat it, more than once and without cheating.
But that's not even the reason I have this avatar. I just like the concept of a mask, it ties nicely into what avatars ultimately are and the whole idea of online existence, even conventional social interaction. And I gotta be honest, I'd be hard pressed to find a better mask than this one.
Masks do tie in well to the concept of online anonymity. People hide behind avatars, slinging insults and acting like ***holes because they feel safe. They aren't held accountable for their actions, so they behave in whatever manner that they wish, even if they'd never act that way offline. Granted, some people are implacable engines of hatred and spite that are horrible to others both online and off, but those are less numerous.
That's the mistake a lot of people make, they assume that if they put on their online masks they become anonymous, when in reality they just adopt a new identity. Sure they can adopt multiple ones, but they are just as traceable as any RL identity, in certain areas even more so. This illusion of anonymity is one of the things that lures people into a false sense of impunity. The other one is that online interactions are for the most part way less direct. But even with all of that, those people are socially held accountable for their actions. Any good community will shun those bad apples, any strictly moded environment is gonna ban them outright. Of course those bad apples are gonna thrive in bad communities, but what's great about the Internet is that it provides you with way more freedom in choosing the environment in which you wanna spend time. I for the most part, only heard of those famous Internet assholes, but with the exception of League of Legends I never really come across em. Instead, what Internet provides me with is the opportunity to talk to some of the smartest, nicest and/or otherwise most interesting people I know.It is also the venue for me to enjoy some of my more "childish" entertainment and unusual interests. I'm not here to be an asshole nor are the people I associate with, I do not care if we are in the majority or minority here, either way avoiding people I want no business with is of no issue to me, because really, it ain't that hard. As for why those people are as they are online, it's an endless and tricky subject to debate, the latest episode of MLP FiM tackled one aspect of it nicely. Being mistreated leads to mistreating others.