Role-playing Game and Life

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What is an MMORPG? It is an acronym for Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. It is a multiplayer computer role-playing game that enables thousands of players to play in an evolving virtual world at the same time over the Internet. MMORPGs are a specific type of massive(ly) multiplayer online game (MMOG). (

To get a better picture of what it feels like to have your life influenced by one, imagine this following situation, which I experienced many times back when I was an MMORPG addict a few years ago: you are just stepping out of the shower one evening when you receive an urgent phone call from a friend in dire need. "Where are you, damn it? I need you!" He yells from the telephone, "I'm at the Orc Fort north of the City of the Dead in Delucia. Come quick - I'm surrounded!" He hangs up. No apology for yelling, no goodbye, only hope that you will dash to your computer as fast as you humanly can, ‘plug yourself' into the game, and save his a$$; and do all this before the dreaded ghouls, orcs, and skeletal knights of the world of Britannia take all his hard-earned loot. Why do you care? You care because you know how it feels to invest hours of your real life into a virtual life and have it be in vain. The thought of it brings you pain of memories past, so you enter the world of Britannia, for his sake and yours, for you know he would do the same for you, and use your magic spell book to teleport to the Orc Fort. You can almost feel his hope flicker as he sees you materialize out of nowhere, his death mere seconds away as he fights off a horde of monsters with swift clicks of his mouse. You close your eyes, smile, and take out your lute, quickly applying your master bard skill of peacemaking to the chaos around you and ceasing all aggression long enough to open a portal in space and time, and getaway together. This is the life of an MMORPG player. This was my life.

Was I addicted? Yes, wholeheartedly. Why? I...
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