Who doesn't want to game the system? I don't mean lying, cheating, and stealing your way to the top. I'm talking about living your life in a successful, fun, and compounding system - like that of a game!
As a child, I remember loving games, specifically video games. I'd come home from school to boot up my desktop (with no real video card, a whopping 80GB of disk space, and an upgraded 2GB of RAM), log into RuneScape, and start the grind - all the while praying that no one disrupted my dial-up connection by calling the house!
All my friends played and, boy, were we a competitive batch. Especially in the early stages of the game, it was empowering to come into school the following day to find out that I had gained more levels than anyone else in my group, completed a quest that no one else had, or had found a rare item! On the other hand, it was frustrating and also motivating to find out that someone else had beaten me to the chase!
Back in grade school, my friends and I fell into the category of nerds. I'll be the first to admit it - actually, I take pride in it! We found passion in the inspiring - tales of dragons, adventure, mythology, and valor resonated with us and dictated what we did in our free time. Of course, playing RuneScape, those values carried over and fueled our desire to be the strongest! But, I had a friend (let's call him E) who didn't fit our nerdy cookie-cutter mold. While most of the nerds were picked on, E was actually pretty popular. And while most people outside of our circle didn't know it, in RuneScape, he was also hands-down the best.Continue reading