Smashing Good Time

I play Diablo and the various Lego games with my wife. She has a habit of gleefully singing “money, money, money… mon-EEE” as she smashes everything breakable in sight to snatch up coins, studs, and other treasure, rushing back to smash a small forgotten object for the equivalent of a few pennies while her accumulated wealth tips the scale at five or six digits.

This is not all that unussual for video game players, which have taught us as early as Legend of Zelda that all commoners store their coins in vases and don’t really mind if you brazenly walk into their home and take everything of value. I was replaying Baldur’s Gate recently and was actually rather shocked when my reputation took a hit and guards started attacking me because I lockpicked my way through every house collecting valuables.