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6:17am on Monday, 22nd July, 2019:
Today we return home from our trip to Crete.
I'm sure I've visited several locations here that are also in MMOs. They're eerily familiar, whether it's the layout of a village, the vegetation on a hillside or the local geography.
What's really spooky is how much it feels like a role-playing game at times. I walk down a street, and as soon as I'm within range the individual shopkeepers burst into action like NPCs with stock messages to impart. "See anything you like?"; "Scarfs, gloves, all home-made!"; "You like a table by the sea?"; "Olive oil, olives, herbs!"; "Fresh fish, catch of the day". Then, as soon as I leave range, they stop and wait for the next person to aggro them. Meanwhile, I continue my walk and the next one pipes up. "You like? Come inside!".
It's a lot different to the UK, where all shopkeepers and restaurant owners are surly and do't actually want you to answer their calls as it would mean more work.
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