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WIBP: Grinding in Dragon Quest & Life

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Oddly enough, as I was mulling over this entry, I saw an older article from Jordan Devore about an upcoming iPhone to-do list app called EpicWin, which essentially seeks to turn your real-life Grind into an RPG Grind. As such, chores and tasks that you do translate into rewards for your character, such as experience and items. It�s an interesting idea to use the mechanics that entice a player to do the Grind in a game to do the Grind in their daily lives. However, as Dragon Quest IX has demonstrated, there is a fine art to making the Grind less of a chore and more of a joy. I personally will be interested to see how much EpicWin makes me look forward to cleaning the bathroom.
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About MuddBstrdone of us since 5:21 PM on 06.06.2008

Since I've started writing on here a bit more again, I should probably add something to this. As the banner image of my blog says, I'm a graduate student. Yes, I'm that class of people which Marge Simpson says has made a poor life choice. The fact that the wife of Homer Simpsons is saying that should tell you something about my quality of life. :P

I like writing about games, which is what you'll see me do on here when a subject sufficiently motivates me. Sadly, writing about games comes at the cost of playing games, so my blog posts are fewer and farther between than I'd like. I usually write with regard to monthly musings, retro games, games I'm currently playing, or events in the games industry that perk my interest.

When I'm not DOING SCIENCE! or playing games, I can be found training in karate (my life is a fighting game!), writing about stuff other than games, or tearing up the dance floor.