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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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Unregistered User
(08-Jan-2001 06:35 pm)
Hey man, it&#039s only a game, it does kinda rule our lives, but I never bother waking up just for utopia!! Sometimes I don&#039t log on for days...Kimball has problems I reckon :) So does RedTag...but I agree, long live utopia :) Just don&#039t take it as a life, it&#039s only a game!
Unregistered User
(10-Jan-2001 01:51 pm)
Yes of corse Utopia does,
but these times you might go a little deeper, creating a philosofical question;
Out of everything we do,
what is then NOT a waste of time?
is there at all anything that isn&#039t??
I say no there isn&#039t,
everything you do, is a waste of time,
you could spend this time better,
of course, even knowing the outcome, the things you do and the choices you make, can never be the right ones.
Cool guy
Unregistered User
(11-Jan-2001 01:24 pm)
That is a lovely thought. All he would have to do to end someone&#039s life is shutdown a game. Not neccessarily an important life but a still a life.
Unregistered User
(11-Jan-2001 03:50 pm)
I&#039m not stoned. It&#039s just a game. Besides, it even gives you a bonus for only playing about once a day. I&#039ve been playing for about a month, I&#039m the monarch of my kingdom, but I&#039m sensible. I think you need to be sensible to manage things properly.
Unregistered User
(12-Jan-2001 10:43 am)
Oh! Does it ever...

I was a pretty good work student and took up utopia and dropped a grade in every dubject<curses utopia> but hey i love this game
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