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(6 of 30) Part 2 – Does the journey end in greed?

In each of us

there is another

whom we do not know

~ Carl Jung.

Continuing on from Part 1 …

2013 06 07 PB June Arcade 1

The goodies of June Arcade.

I mentioned in my last post about my love for the atmosphere at The Arcade. How when I turn the sounds up I feel like I’ve been teleported back to the days of my childhood with summer holidays spent in the ocean breeze, eating seafood and ice-cream, enjoying all the fun a holiday town can offer.

Having saved my pocket-money for months I would hardly be able to contain my excitement as I turned the knob of the machine and waited to see if I would be proudly wearing a plastic ring or necklace that day. Eventually I matured to the skill tester chocolate machines which proved I had little skill as they tested my patience.

Gatcha machines in many ways give me that same thrill. When it comes to The Arcade I find it all to easy to be swept along with the crowd and excitement so I try to keep to some personal guidelines. Knowing that these machines are a very basic form of gambling I try to keep a realistic view whilst still letting myself have fun. Thinking of them more as mini store shelves where the store keeper decides the product I am taking home.

2013 06 07 PB Arcade items 2

More goodies from June Arcade.

I usually look at the designs and if I’m happy to receive any design I play. Rarely will I look at a machine and say “I MUST have THAT!” but for the odd time it happens I consider how much it is to play then usually set a limit of 4 tries. My reasoning is if its going to cost me over 500 linden to MAYBE get that pink unicorn pool float when I already have a collection of five other floaties and don’t even have a pool, do I really need it ? Will I in two months time still be pouting in the corner that I don’t own the rare unicorn pool float? Of course not.

My exception to this was the Pilot Doll House from March Arcade. I had to have a fully furnished house and it has pride of place in my hallway and by using the trade group for the arcade I did managed to furnish my doll house without having to take out a second mortgage.

2013 06 07 Pilot Dollhouse back

It just makes you want to play 🙂

It has been fascinating to see the human competitive instinct at play when one plays a machine 20 times just to own “the” item. Desire is fueled by trying to gain that elusive rare or full collection with a deep feeling of satisfaction as it is achieved. I am left wondering what is actually fueling these emotions. Is it the fact that blogs are filled with pictures of “rare” items and the need to have what others own over-rides common sense? Is it a replacement act where there is a void in one’s secondlife and is replaced by items? Or is it simply that in this our second lives we don’t like to be told “no you can’t have” and we play till we win?

I have noticed something this round of trade that wasn’t as prevalent in previous arcade’s. It is the amount of people wanting to “sell” their items for greatly inflated profits. I constantly see RARE’s being sold for 2,000 linden and more with a teapot recently on offer for 4,000 linden!

It makes me wonder why people are willingly embracing greed instead of fostering generosity and fairness. As the competition aspect increases will it result in a loss of the pleasure and fun of these games?

Leave some comments. I’d love to know what you all think.

NB: Please no one thing I am attacking the machines, the event or the people who enjoy it. You can see from the two photos showing my wonderful stash that I love the event and spent alot of lindens enjoying the fun.

2013 06 07 Pilot Dollhouse Front

My much loved Dollhouse from April Arcade.

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6 comments on “(6 of 30) Part 2 – Does the journey end in greed?

  1. Dremmy
    June 7, 2013

    hmmm! Thinks about checking PB’s closet out for spare toys and stilettos that she probably has 3 of each color offered. And, that table, a must have for me. Needless to say, I got carried away at my first Arcade. Watching my Lindens deplete by minute. I swept through the place in a matter of minutes.

    • purplebutterflylykin
      June 7, 2013

      I’m glad I could introduce you to the world of “The Arcade”. However my teleport to the event did included in small print: “PB holds zero responsibility to growing inventory numbers and dwindling bank balances”. *grins

  2. Becky
    June 7, 2013

    I suppose that the Gatcha machines are a form of gambling where you exchange your time for the chance of winning the prize, and eventually the prize itself. I can see the appeal of gambling (from a brain chemistry point of view) and how it can be psychologically addictive. It makes me wonder if the Gatcha machines are programmed with reinforcement schedules (like real slot machines) that reward players just enough to keep them hooked? It’d be interesting to find out.

    As for people selling their rare winnings on an open market at inflated prices: whilst I didn’t know that happened, I’m not surprised. Supply and demand helps make capitalism work, and that is the economic system we’ve embraced with open arms (if not with open eyes). With that said, I don’t think it ends in greed, I think it starts with greed.

    What I find most telling, is that people will actually pay these inflated prices, for the sake of owning a rare item. The buyers and sellers have recognised a value system (e.g. social status) and a perception of that happiness can be derived by accumulating things, with even more happiness points for acquiring something that is relatively hard to get, and bonus points for being first.

    This form of recreation isn’t emotionally or economically appealing to me. I value my time at a higher rate than money. Time is finite, money isn’t.

    Because of that, If I decide I want something, I’d rather hit up the marketplace or teleport to a store and just pay for the items I want. While it might be not that specific rare item, that’s ok, I never *needed* it before, why must I have *it* now? Also, whilst I appreciate there is a recreational element to gambling for winnings, I’d rather spend my time doing other things that stimulate my brain more and that actually contributes – like writing, art, music, building or even socialising. Not judging, just saying.

    I know this might sound like a “no fun” attitude. It’s not at all, I just prefer to get to what I want in different ways.

    • Vaneeesa Blaylock
      June 8, 2013

      Like Becky, I’m not a gambling person either. But I do know lots of peeps who are, and while they love to win, it isn’t really about that, I think it’s about the thrill and experience. I’m probably too analytic for my own good! 😛

      Any way you cut it, your dollhouse is quite glorious!

      And, we’re organizing a group photo for Saturday afternoon – hope you’ll be able to come by!
      http://irez.me/2013/06/06/immersive-interactive-creativity-community-yay/#abc

      • purplebutterflylykin
        June 10, 2013

        Nothing wrong at all about being analytical Vaneesa !! I was so disappointed that I couldn’t make the photo .. fingers crossed for next time. 🙂

    • purplebutterflylykin
      June 10, 2013

      Thanks for visiting and adding some great constructive ideas to my post Becky. I love when thoughts engage people enough that they add to them. 🙂

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