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Why Do People Play?
To understand the economy of Ultima Online, one should first consider why people engage in this economy at all. In other worlds, why do people play Ultima Online? The answers to this are, of course, complicated. Consider the disposition of at least four broad categories of players proposed by Bartle2.
- Socializers enjoy talking and role-playing with other
players. For them, the game is merely a setting; goods and services are
just tools which help provide mood and context in role-playing.
- Killers enjoy doing things to people. The game
provides a world where their actions are legitimized. The goods and
services available in the economy are tools used to increase their
power and skill.
- Achievers are interested in fame and glory. They want
to achieve the highest status or overcome the latest challenge. The
economy may not only provide needed goods and services to an achiever,
but also provide goals such as becoming the richest character or owning
the largest house.
- Explorers want to discover the finer points of the
game. They will explore every profession, skill, and items. To
explorers, the economy is an impediment which prevents them from
playing with all the toys.