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Casual Thoughts from a Semi-Retired Philosopher

I play MMOs as an alternative to TV. Sometimes it even turns into quality time with the girlfriend. Most of the time it's a distraction from doing something productive or meaningful.

Author: Hluill

The Haves and Have Nots

Posted by Hluill Saturday January 21 2012 at 11:57AM
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Even in socialist states, there are people who live in glass palaces.  They have home-entertainment sytems, which rival theatres, made by laborers, who can't afford electricity.  Their pets eat better than the most of the world.

Disparity.  There has been a lot of focus on disparity lately.  We live in a world with different realities based on economic status.  It's the way things are.  Every now and then there is an upheaval, a revolution and the status quo is disrupted a bit, but, to quote the Who's Won't get Fooled Again: "Here comes the new boss, same as the old boss."

Why am I blogging about this Here?

This isn't a rant about WoW or the mega-corporations in the gaming industry, or about executives with seven-figure salaries

I just spent fifty plat on a new, fable, master-crafted sword for my berserker.  

This brings two points to mind:

First: it took me weeks to make fifty plat, yet the auction channel is continuously filled with items going for hundreds of plat.  The broker is filled items similarly priced items.  The inflation curve has left me behind.  I got a great deal on the sword purchase.

Which leads me to my second point: There's a whole section of the game that I can't play.  I can't afford the gear.  I don't have the time/money/motivation.  But, gosh, that fabeled, master-crafted sword is nice.  Killing heroics with one swing is so cool.  It's like playing a different game.  It's makes me wonder what it's like to be an elite gamer, decked out in the epic gear.  

Yeah, I admit to being resentful.  I admit to being dissapointed that there are huge aspects of these games which I will never experience.  And I get really irked when these elites start telling me how the game should be played, how my toons should be spec'ed and geared.  Wouldn't it be cool to have the ultra-rare, collectable lunch box so I can eat with the cool kids?  I am brown-bagging it on an unmaxxed toon in quested gear.

I am even tempted to think it is unfair.

But I grew up with an older brother, so I learned early on that life is anything but fair.

I remind myself that there will always be disparity.  It's just weird being on the lower end of it in a digital, fantasy world.  But I shouldn't resent other players just because they have more time/money/motivation to invest in the game.  

I will continue to resent, however, people living in glass palaces telling me not to throw stones.

Jumdor writes:

 It always comes down to the question. Does life reflect art or art reflect life? 

 I say art reflects life being that life was first. So people having stuff that other people might not ever have is as much a part of gaming as it is about life in general.

 I don't resent them. I pity them. They don't get the amount of joy out of getting something new as I do. To them it's just another cola they have along side the twelve pack they have in their fridge. For people like myself who's never tasted a cola it's something magical upon my taste buds, and long after they have had five more. I still relish that cola I tasted. 

 Example more than reality. I have tasted cola and they are good stuff just not good for you. =)

 Either play to have fun and enjoy the taste or play for power and bragging rights which only lasts as long as it's current. Fun lasts much longer. 

Sun Jan 22 2012 2:28PM Report

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