In a lot of ways, I really wish Real Life reflected the way things tend to work in MMOs.
It's not a perfect system, but generally in most subscription-based MMOs if you put the time and effort into something you get the reward. You may have to put a lot of hours in, you may have to do something over and over again, but you will get that shiny reward. Maybe it's a sword, or a mount, or just the next level for your beefy dwarf warrior. But the rule of thumb is: put in the effort, reap the reward.
Now there's a slew of MMOs that offer convenience for a price, but I'm not going to talk about them here. Other than to say they're a little closer to the "RL" model than anything else. Meaning: in many of them, the more you spend, the better you fare.
No, I wish Real Life was more like traditional MMOs.
I worked hard. I studied my arse off to get my Masters. I worked hard some more and got a great job in the Veterans Affairs Department. I worked my arse off writing for this site and made my way to Lead Writer for our network here. I work two jobs, I put my nose down and do them both with as much conviction and heart as I can. And at the end of the day? At the end of the day I still watch the folks with all the money be the ones with all the power.
I can work my whole life. I will work my whole life. I'll love the people I befriend, and god willing my wife and I will enjoy a fruitful and happy time together. This is all I can really ask for. And believe you me, I will be content if I can just enjoy my short time here on this planet. But I can't help feeling a little down-trodden sometimes when I realize that all this work and toil so many of us go through is for naught in a world where we simply cannot fight corruption and greed.
Maybe I'm a defeatist. But I just call it realism. I'll be content to laugh, and love, and live what life I am given.
Oh man... that was a downer. Um, let's make it happy. Puppies!