You still play this game because your character represents an ideal fantasy version of yourself, but even then you realize compared to other player's characters you aren't up to par so a competitive motivation sparks within you to fund and grind. And MapleStory is constantly releasing new attractions that compel you to do even more. You really don't know what else to do with your lonely self and seek companionship with other relatable folks behind a charade.
I still play this game because I like it. But that's just me.