There's a game called Haven & Hearth. Every time I play it, I play for a few days straight and burn out, hard. One time I made a hundred bottles for some rich guy. Another time I portaged across the world to get to be a part of a brand new village. Anyway, the people who made Haven & Hearth made a new game, almost exactly the same, called Salem.
The one time I played Salem I ran into a guy who told me about what I'm confident was a literal protection racket being run by players in the game. I did some research and came across a forum post describing how this person paid them their silver, were attacked by a wild and violent individual, and then they sent a Brave who dealt with the problem individual. But this was basically a testimonial. Not knowing the nature of the community around Salem, could this not have been a fake story, or possibly a situation engineered by the Braves themselves in order to promote their "service". Who knows, really?
It was suspicious, and inspiring, and the story's stuck with me to this day. It's not like I want to make a game that spawns protection rackets but it feels like such a real thing I looked into, a true frontier to explore rather than a plainly fictional experience. That's what I want to make.