*looks startled* Oh! Hi there! I’m not slacking off. What would give you that impression? Oh. Right.
I did say I was going to start taking this whole spiritual path more seriously. And I suppose I’m not doing the best job of it. Having said that, I seem to have the uncanny ability to learn things in the strangest places. You might think I’m wasting my days away on some grind-filled online game but in reality I’m gaining insight into the human condition. (and listening to stuff in the background. Very interesting lectures.) There. That sounded fancy enough. Not just any games though. A special brew called MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game)s. Also known as things like World of warcraft. They have real economies driven by players and people make friends and find the most efficient ways of doing things to reduce grind and on it goes. I just feel compelled to share it with you. Now this is Runescape. everyone at school used to play it when I was in middle school. it was the thing to do. A friend made me an account that I no longer know. So every time I boot the game up I think of him Was my first friend. what can I say? I’m a sucker for sentimentalism.
I guess I have a strange way of seeing the world, don’t I? I see the profound in the profane. And it even reminds me of torturing myself over my gender in my adolescence. I was a boy back then, and It seems strange to remember who I was. my mind was a very different place. Logic was the rule. So enough about me though. Want to hear something funny? I know I want to tell it. So These games have player driven economies. Generally speaking there is usually a kind of place you go to do this. the name varies from game to game, but it’s the same gig either way.
And I guess in some way the aim of these games is to amass yet more money or gold as it happens here. I’m not interested. I have enough for what I need. But for those who buy into it some really wierd stuff happens. Like an item is inherently worthless yet is somehow costs absolutely astronomical amounts of money?
Let me explain: A player is ‘burning’ (or so they thought.) party hats. Which dropped from an event in 2001 (and only there) which obviously means that they are rather hard to come by. But here’s the kicker: They Are Worth Billions of coins! (I don’t even have a million for context) Worthless. Paper. Hats! I guess sometimes I shake my head in disbelief at what people do. I mean, People don’t want something because they like it but because it is worth lots of money! What do they call those again? Oh. Right. A status symbol.
Do people do that in real life too? buy things they hate just because they are expensive to show off to other people? What? I’m tempted to go an a rant but I suppose that won’t change how silly the way capitalism works. Anyway, People seem to like shorter posts So I’m going to split these into different parts.