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Posted by BillMurphy Tuesday March 29 2011 at 3:05PM
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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!