I mean they ain't even reals man, it's all a game. It's all code n'sheet. Also the stakes? Dying often means nothing, maybe losing some levels/gear or cash which is trash. A face off between two dogs fighting for the last biscuit is more interesting than that. Even if they pull the 'you die in the game, you die in real life' trope which has been beaten to death all ready, it doesn't have any substance or flesh. It's literally just a bunch of code, even if someone gets their arm chopped off. it's not real, it's all illusion. Kingdom building? what's the point? it's all fake. If the game crashes, there goes your empire. It just turned into a cloud of dust. Also, these novels ain't realistic. There's no micro/macro transactions and ad's every 3 minutes, no premium subscription.. Corporate greed isn't something you can take lightly, you can bet your grandmother that they would do everything they can to swindle every last cent out of it's players.