ok, so it took me a few minutes of thinking and some inspirational reading ("the gambler", fyodor dostoevsky) to come to this conclusion, not to mention my own experiences in ko.
the gist of ko is gambling. battles in cz and wars are almost entirely dictated by items/levels, though having one without the other is a handicap. some might say that there's something called 'skill' in ko, which roughly translates into better reflexes and better dexterity, with the occasional, dont gasp, thought that happens and becuz of it someone wins or loses.
why do i think ko is centered on gambling? here's my rationale. when you first start the game and learn its nuances, what do u have to do besides xp to improve the overall state of your char? its by upgrading. before money and farming and drops, theres the anvil, where one spends time working on the little things, like making the pauld +5 and maybe adding hp to it.
the anvil is identical in form though different in purpose to a roulette table. i won't bother with the morality of gambling- only the practical side of it. since gambling occurs mainly in casinos, ill use that as my reference. how do casinos make money? from the chances that people take in giving some money while thinking that they will win more. if you consider how wealthy and profitable casinos are, logic proves that gambling brings about financial strain or more often ruin. if a gambler knew what he did about the place where he gambles, why should he keep going, giving away his (hard-earned) money to a capitalist enterprise? i'm well aware of the nature of addicts, and that's understandable. self-control isn't the issue here, its the issue of (those, who as of this moment) still in possession of their own free will and ability to do or not do something.
the end conclusion of all this? its better for you (the reader) to leave ko than to keep playing. its better for your families and friends (who will end up seeing more of u, usually a good thing) and better for all the other things in real life that probably need closer attention.
agas, quit ko. <3