I realized recently that I am a "stick in the mud", a hopeless romantic, an ancient relic. I get pleasure out of building something from nothing, be it my wealth, my property... nearly everything. This enjoyment includes building characters such as in UO. I ENJOYED training a character to GM and above in Provocation, Taming and etc., even though it took years to do it. I had a ball. Sadly, this way of life is coming to an end. The realization came when I observed my grandchildren and the way they approach all the challenges of life and gaming. When Christmas rolls around and I buy the young ones software games, such as those for gameboy or nintendo, what do I find them doing an hour later? They are on the computer searching out all the cheat codes so they can start their game at the top. They want to know all the tricks as to how to get through all the puzzles of the game and how to get all the spells and tricks up front. They have no interest whatever in solving the puzzles thru gameplay, no interest whatever in conquering the next level by discovering the route, practicing the techniques and etc. The game to them is to find the best cheats before their friends do. The bragging rights and status in their social circles is how adept they are in conquering the game in as little time as possible in whatever manner possible. Two days later, the game is in a drawer somewhere, forgotten as they kids move on to the next challenge. The game, I might add would give me months, perhaps years of enjoyment but that is because I am an old school person... a stick in the mud. The game makers are very happy about this. What a great deal. Sell the game for $50 bucks on Monday and by Thursday the kids are done with it, ready to buy the next new thing coming down the pike. Why cater to us fuddie duddies who take that same $50 game and spend hours, days, weeks, months enjoying the building of characters and conquering of puzzles? I can see the light. There is going to be no support for me. The gamemakers are too busy chasing my grandchildren than worrying about my monthly fees. After all, I don't have many years left. If they stick with me where would that leave them when I croak? Behind the 8 ball I guess.