This might sound a bit self promotional, but honestly, I think Epic ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epic_(Kostick_novel) ) was one of the first of a genre that didn't really exist back in 2004. I had been totally addicted to Everquest for a couple of years and helped run a guild (Ages of Antonica, on the Nameless Server), which got me into the politics of the scene. And back then, too, gold farmers were just becoming a nuisance. So it occurred to me to set a novel in a world where everyone is playing a fantasy RPG, but this world had become dominated by elderly gamers. And the plot would be the battle for justice by the ordinary people of the world, with their best hope of change being to try to find a way within the game (eponymously called Epic) to subvert the power of Central Allocations. I hope some of you have read it and am very happy to answer questions here.