Real life (RL) is a fully-immersible, three-dimensional role-playing game set in the Real World. It features real time photorealistic graphics, force feedback and lifelike A.I. Like most Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs), the objective of Real life is to obtain the best clothes possible, either by paying "money" (see below) in a shop or auction, defeating a powerful rival or "ninja-ing" them from your (soon to be former) friends.
It is possibly one of the oldest games of its type, but unfortunately it requires many years of training ("childhood" in gamespeak) to play really well. Possibly because of this many alternative games have become popular in recent years.
Skilled players are able to interact with other players over time to form what are called "relationships". These are meant to assist the player when they enter the more difficult parts of the game.
One of the most useful - and still sometimes controversial - elements of RL is the gametool "money". This "money" may be exchanged for other goods or services and may well be the main reason for the game's continuing popularity. (But also see criticism section below.)
 Editing the user interface
Given that many experienced players feel that the game itself can sometimes descend into boring repetition, some users have experimented with undocumented ways of hacking the user interface. One of the most popular ways is by using the unofficial addon beer; indeed many users feel that it is the only way to play the game, and have this addon more or less permanently enabled.
Unfortunately, the use of such interface editors is frowned upon and may result in a warning message called "sickness" which can be followed up by total expulsion from the game - otherwise known as "death". "Death" is a permanent state and gamers are not allowed to reenter the game after even a single episode of "death" (there are very few exceptions).
 Criticism of Real life
RL has been subjected to much criticism.
Although RL advocates maintain that these have a positive influence on gameplay many players are not so sure. One typical complaint is that maintaining "relationships" needs a substantial investment in time - time which could otherwise be more usefully spent in productive activities such as editing wikis.
Although the introduction of "money" made the game substantially more nuanced, many players have found that in order to obtain a significant quantity of it they have to carry out a series of boring repetitive tasks.
The "death" sanction for even minor mistakes is thought by many to be too severe. The lack of an appeal process is another problem.
The necessity of the "work" module is frequently criticized.
 A Knock-Off?
Evidence that the game is a knock-off of the Metroid series:
- The gameplay is generally nonlinear and exploration-based.
- The rooms containing powerups are so well-hidden that no one's actually found them.
- The game is mostly set on a planet that was once inhabited by large bird-like creatures whose remains are scattered throughout the world.
 Another interpretation
That thing that happens when you move away from the computer.
It is regarded by some to be a myth.
Best taken in small dosages and with extreme caution. Moderation is the key.
Caution: May be habit forming
If tempted to "do something fun" by another person, ask them to strip down to make sure they do not have carpe diem tattooed upon their person. If they do, run as quickly as your fat little legs can carry you, back to your computer.