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Grinding is an activity normally found in RPGs, especially MMORPGs. In general it involves doing a tedious task repetitively for some benefit. Benefits of grinding can include:

  • XP gathering to level up for improved character stats
  • Collecting a particular type of item available only by looting a certain type of monster
  • Collecting gold or in-game currency to buy items. In some advanced grinding-based games in-game currency can be exchanged for real money with an intermediary like eBay

A successful session of grinding usually proceeds as follows:
  1. Walk in a circle in some monster-infested area
  2. Get attacked by a monster in a random encounter
  3. Kill monster
  4. Loot corpse
  5. Goto 1
Grinding is highly valued in RPGs as it can extend play time into the hundreds of hours expected of an epic RPG without too much developer effort.

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