In Real Life is the story of Anda, a teenaged girl who is inspired by a speaker at her school to become active in a massively multiplayer online role-playing game called Coarsegold.
In the course of trying to establish her role in a women-only guild called Clan Fahrenheit, Anda —in her online guise of Kali Destroyer— begins taking paying jobs wiping out “gold farmers,” overseas minimum-wage workers who harvest in-game product and sell it to novice gamers for real-world money.
But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer–a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn.
In Real Life was a kick-ass graphic novel with beautiful illustrations that captured the mood of the story perfectly.
And, as always, I decided to feature some of my favorites here:
Overall, this was a great way to pass a hot summery day with a terrific cast of gamers—my only complaint being that the ending wrapped up a bit too quickly for me. But other than that, I enjoyed my time in Anda’s life.