There's a lot of strong, healthy data and support for building games based off productive ways we live our lives, and vice-versa, playing games in a way that reflect lives of healthy growth and mentality. It's healthy to constantly improve, to strive to do better. In fact, I think that's the best thing for ourselves. We should never stop learning, always do our best and grow in our work, relations and life. It's not surprising to me to see this reflected in gaming. But I play games to slow down, reflect, be creative or a mind-numbing mix of near-imperceptible reasons to just have fun that all seem to add up to inefficiency.
There are a lot of gamers that I'm sure recognize this and adhere to efficiency when playing any game, whether single-player or online.
I have a friend who's pretty much a genius. He has an Eidetic Memory, has been as efficient as the cumulative conclusions the Japanese culture come to on the proper and most efficient ways to do everything, from how-to tie your shoes the best way to how-to do be more social and better in the work-place. He's extremely driven and it shows in his high level of success as a well-respected Doctor who is not only younger than me, but has scored in the top brackets of almost anything he's ever done and makes more money than 3 of me combined will ever make.
He was quicker and more efficient than World of Warcraft's giant QuestHelper addon that streamlined doing everything in the game. "We'll go to point A, then pass by resoures X, Y and Z on our way to Point B, where we'll sell to the vendor on the East side, placing us right next to starting point C" It drove me nuts! He could compartmentalize, micro-manage and adapt in a nano-second, all in his head, while we played.
I've never been a raider, although I liked to dabble in what MMOs had to offer. I love crafting. I can gather materials for hours, some nights. I tried speed-running a dungeon with a guildmate once, and couldn't get past my sixth run. At that point, my mind was conjuring up nails on a chalkboard and I had to quit. This isn't a speech about grinding ad-naseum or weighing the merits of speed-running versus not speed-running a dungeon. It's not even a message chastising efficient gameplay. It's about my inefficiency when I play.