Kheldon writes to point out an interview with David Chang of GamesCampus about the up-and-coming sports MMO genre. He also talks about their efforts to bring older demographics into gaming. Quoting: "One of the things about the baseball game in particular that's so great is that there is a leveling component, not just to the team, but also to players. So you're exactly right in terms of the persistence. We want people to not just play a baseball game, but ... to grow their team and their players over time. So, there are things where if you win a game, that's how you gain experience points. If you win against a higher level opponent, you get more experience points; if you bottom feed and you take advantage of lower-level players, you don't get as much, and so on. There are a lot of MMO-type concepts in the game. If you're talking about individual players, if you hit a lot of homeruns, or if you steal a lot of bases, your power or your stealing stat will increase over each season."
We made something like this some years ago. We submerged a MB in oil and put the whole thing in a freezer. It worked great, until the oil penetrated in between the pci card slots (yes, it was an old computer)and MB. This also affected the ram slots. This made the electrical connection between ramMB and pciMB pretty useless after a while, effectively shutting the thing down. We soldered the ram and pci cards to the motherboard, and this solved the problem.