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"Does Utopia Rule Our Lives?" by KINGPIN
It has just hit me how much Utopia controls us. We are addicted to a game, and it makes us do things that we would have thought stupid before starting it. People have been driven to waking up at insane hours during the night simply to check on a computerised simulation of a world. We are mindless zombies that pretend that we are the rulers of an imaginary world.

Ask yourself this, when you succeed in a thief operation, or take 100 acres of land, knowing that you're safe and no-one can touch you, building defense equal to an american battle fleet, does it give you a rush? Does the andrenaline pump through your body knowing that your democratic skill and strategy has led you succesfully to a greater goal?

Are we people sad, letting a simple game control our whole lives? People posting messages like "HELP!! I CANT LOG IN" after trying once to try and access the game - having been denied the desire to play, we panic. But what if Utopia should end? Will sites like Utopia Temple cease to exist? Or will we simply change to another game... like Dominion Temple, or Ambar Temple? And why do we treat Mehul as a god? Yes, he created the first game like this, and yes it is good and yes we all love it. But when people post things in the Bugs & Suggestions forum like "I GOT TO POST UNDER MEHUL!!" and "THANKS MEHUL, YOUR THE GREATEST!" and "Mehul, you ROCK!", it is merely sucking up. He may see your post, but he will discard it without a second glance or thought. Is this the life we want to lead?

I don't think we shall truly know until it happens, which i doubt - too many people are hooked, and unless Mehul wants to increase suicide rates accross the world, he wouldn't do it.

Take a minute to think about it...

- KINGPIN (7-Nov-2000)

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Khanathon J
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(02-Mar-2003 09:26 pm)
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Has anyone noticed that this particular thread is a little over 2 YEARS old?
Kinda funny. With some of you i agree that utopia can become addictive, especially around crucial points in the gameplay (such as a kingdom almost a mil bigger decides they just don't like you:P), but as far as how serious i take the game? i take it serious enough to login probably 3 times a day totalling i guess 2 hours, unless on the weekends.
Khanathon J
Posts: 2
(02-Mar-2003 09:27 pm)
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but i would much rather play this game than watch some of the stupid shows that come on TV. At least this game developes a person. TV doesn't help you build character or personality. Utopia helps you to understand teamwork and indiviualism, as well as how unfair this so-called "utopian life" can be. I agree with that one guy way back there ^, one element that makes this game so appealing is that things happen and you have absoluately no control over them. There's no way to simply alter a game line here or transfer a game editor and become a "god". Things happen when your computer goes down, or utopia goes offline. Before you login it's a mystery as to whether you're 700 acres smaller or 700k richer.
Khanathon J
Posts: 3
(02-Mar-2003 09:27 pm)
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This game does not rule my life. and i agree with the philosophical question asked last year. there is nothing we do on earth, with the exception of witnessing and glorifing God(sorry had to put that'n in there), that makes one difference. When you are conceived you are guaranteed one thing. Death.
Khanathon J
Posts: 4
(02-Mar-2003 09:32 pm)
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sorry to be all down and crap but, just my views. as i'm entitled. Utopian as stated a couple threads up, is meant for entertainment. Heck if i remember right Mehul made this game as an experiment to see if free online gaming could support itself. To those of you who feel that utopia is a life, then i hope you are successful and one day find a better form of happiness.And those who feel they should down the "addicts" of the game. Not everyone has the same views as you do. lighten up. You life is yours and their's is their's.
Thomsen
Posts: 1
(08-Mar-2003 03:00 pm)
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I Dont think its ruling my life....*Pauses, close to an hour now...*

BRB! ;)
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