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In Response to "Careful What You Wish For" from The Escapist Forum: Great story! I truly enjoyed reading this. I never read anything for at least an hour after I wake up, but this kept me reading. Congratulations on that. Everyone says gold-farming is what kills a game, I am personally not affected by it in the ways I play, but I guess I'd be missing the point of this article, eh?
I was wondering by the end of page two how this was going to be wound up in only one other page, but the lesson honestly surprised me. The fact that your little brother, one of those *12 year old brats* (I know he isn't twelve, but you get my point), had the character to actually give that gold out to his buddies online, well...It really is great.
This is all well and good but internet frends are dispensible. They can join new guilds, start new characters, change games or just stop playing; your brother will find himself with new friends, he will be happy but the money your family spent will have been wasted. I would rather this article have a different ending as your brother has been set up to learn a lesson later in life about buying friends and what happens to a fool and their money.
In Response to "Beat Your Game to Death" from The Escapist Forum: I can see the futility of spending months on end trying to perfect your abilities at a certain game. However, some people just enjoy this kind of thing and there's nothing wrong with that. I played Ninja Gaiden and Devil May Cry 4, I really suck at both. But if you want to be the best at something and are willing to put the time and effort in to do so, then go for it.
I just really hope that the author's compaint isn't another rant that hardcore games should be nixed in favor of more Wii Sports nonsense.