Maybe it’s my active imagination, but I like to believe that my characters are relieved when I log out of games, because then they can go home for some much-deserved rest and relaxation. Perhaps they take up hobbies or go on dates or start internet petitions about how forcing avatars to engage in non-stop combat is a particularly cruel existence.
Seriously, do you ever come up with notions of what your character does while you’re offline? Some MMOs like Age of Wushu or Project Gorgon put those characters to work in an automated fashion, but for the most part they vanish from the world and our attention. Do you have any good ideas as to what MMOs could do with characters when their players are offline?