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Progressquest your profession

I simply bought launched to the good recreation ProgressQuest which together with Bartle’s observations of the web gaming world is wealthy in purposes for understanding the true world, which in some ways can be in comparison with a giant recreation.

Maybe, a designed recreation?

ProgressQuest is a spoof on the MMORPG behavior of “grinding” for expertise factors, that’s, participating in a non-entertaining habits (killing non-player monsters) to realize another finish, particularly a rise in ranges, wealth, particular weapons.

Simply cease me, everytime you get the purpose of this analogy 😉

ProgressQuest requires little or no interplay from the participant. If it does require interplay, the interplay is meaningless. For example, you may select an affiliation—it doesn’t matter although.

Within the recreation, which performs itself (the spoof is on the autokill perform which relieves the participant from going by means of the self-similar repetitive motions of trivial fight), you head out to the “killing fields”. Right here you slay monster after monster (serve buyer after buyer, write report after report, take cellphone name after cellphone name, …) every time gathering a small reward (one thing the monster drops (an affiliate bonus, a gross sales fee, a mark in your resume or publication file). Upon getting sufficient rewards, you robotically head again to city to promote them for a stage improve (profession rise, dwelling improve, …) or a particular weapon (trip, new automotive, … ). Then you definately go proper again to the killing fields.

I’ve been taking part in it for half an hour now. I can’t assist to confess it’s kinda fascinating in a comatose form of means—like watching TV—to comply with alongside. It’s “participating” to observe what you’ll kill subsequent or what sort of “stage” you’ll advance to or what “particular weapon” you’ll be capable of buy.

Very similar to actual life…

Bartleby divided on-line avid gamers into 4 classes: achievers, explorers, killers, and socializers.


  • Achievers play to realize factors, rewards, ranges, weapons, and so on. (they act on the world).
  • Socializers play to work together with different gamers.
  • Explorers play to work together with the world, discovering new issues.

  • Killers play to behave on gamers, that’s, killing them.

ProgressQuest is a spoof on achievers. Achievers care largely about advancing within the system. Most individuals are literally achievers, and so most on-line video games, laptop video games—and dare I say the true world—is designed with achievers in thoughts. You may get them to do something (particularly, hand over their time in the true world, and/or hard-earned cash within the gaming world) just by making up titles, small rewards, particular issues, stuff that they’ll maintain out demonstrating to the world of their achievements.

Attempt to click on on the hyperlink and play it for whereas. Now, suppose you bought $50,000 per 12 months simply to observe it or perhaps it wasn’t totally automated, however you needed to click on A to assault, and infrequently return to city to transform loot and expertise factors into standing symbols, that’s, do one thing mentally unstimulating on autopilot. Would you’re taking the job?

Have a purple capsule 😉 Swallow exhausting.

What’s most fascinating to me is that this grand piece of social engineering works superbly. I’m an ‘Explorer’, which I suppose allowed me to determine how the sport works and adequately ‘hack’ it to get out the again door. I “retired”—in search of methods to spend my time that doesn’t contain “reaching” and “being all I may be” by gathering ranges, gold, and trinkets.

Utilizing the Gervais analogy, the Killers are the Sociopaths, the Achievers are the Clueless, and the Socializers are … properly, the analogy kinda breaks down—or no less than I don’t see it anymore. Within the gaming world, Killers incessantly appeal to followers who look as much as them. I do in some sense look as much as Killers (perhaps as a result of they kill achievers… muhahaha 😀 ). In the true world, Killers work on Wall Road and within the high ground workplaces. I kinda see Socializers as Eloiburgers and the Achievers as Morlocks. The Explorers are the “hackers”. Killers can’t contact them, and the opposite teams don’t care about them. They exist exterior the system, as a result of they’ve gone past it.

Right here the system we all know is that of a faculty diploma adopted by 40 years for 9-5 jobs adopted by a retirement dwelling. This technique is however part of the world. Fortunately, there’s nonetheless a lot of the world left to be explored. The tough half, from an early retirement perspective, is how one can discover it. A lot of the world is constructed round achievement within the sense of amassing expertise factors. Been there, performed that; life is just too quick. The problem, now, is to discover a completely different quest.

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Initially posted 2010-08-13 22:04:27.

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