258: Every Game Is the End of the World

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Excellent article. Truly a great read.

Wow that was a brilliant read. It really spoke to me, I'm one of those broken home kids and to be honest I never really got the whole WoW thing cause none of my friends are gamers I mean yeah they have an xbox or a gameboy but they don't really feel it. I find talking to people I don't know online just as hard as talking to real strangers (yeah how introverted can a person be huh?) so MMOs were never really for me. The rest of it about escapism really struck a chord with me: in a game you really can just try and try again whereas in the real world it's usually a bit more complicated. To be the hero, to save the world, even create your own world is something I think us gamers really value.

Anyway amazing to read, in fact (this will come off cheesey) I think it was beautiful: eloquently written with a strong truth at its core.

Raises some interesting points. I like the idea of spitting on society through destroying with digital fire.
I thought this article may turn out somewhat pretentious, but it certainly exceeded expectations. Cheers!

That sir, is brilliant. It spoke everything to me. In fact, I began to tear up towards the middle of it. A truly great article.

Fortunefaded:
I don't get what all this marlarky abt the end of the world is. Also the article just seemed strange to me. Are we under attack for playing computer games?

Does the name "Jack Thompson" ring any bells? Seriously, where have you been?

"In Jane McGonigal's TED talk, she asserts that videogames bring out the best in us; in World of Warcraft we come together, we assist others and proactively attack the world together. We form clans that game together and establish online relationships with those people. Whether we want to admit to escapism or not, we are actively seeking a second chance at being ourselves."

I'm guessing Jane has never played MW2 Hardcore Team Deathmatch, or any other competetive online game. Being far away from a good slap makes people behave like dicks. That is most of online gaming. Gaming turns some people into griefers, glitchers, cheaters, teamkillers, rage quitters and whiners who feel safe to be racists, sexist, homophobes far from the reach of a good head kick.

I don't feel I fit into the authors group. I have played videogames since the 80s. I play for enjoyment in my healthy life with a good job, friends and family. It is only escapism in so far as any other hobby would be, it is no different from training martial arts. It is just one of my interests and not "me". Videogames don't make people take a step back the way they can by finding out I do submission grappling, maybe its because I don't look like a bruiser. I don't fit into your boxes.

Videogames are now far more acceptable and mainstream. Playing games does not label you a geek in the way D&D or LARPing does. Even jocks play Madden and Gears, even your gran has played wii sports.

Everyone would like to think they're special, part of some niche group and stand out from the crowd or maybe sit outside of the herd like some sort of ninja in the shadows. Sorry to disappoint but most of us are not that different from our neighbors.

Or put it this way; yes you are an individual, just like everyone else.

This article really does a good job highlighting some of the biggest reasons young guys play games. We want power and control, we want to go on incredible adventures. I used to have dreams of being in some world like Hyrule and having a great affecting journey. A great read, it reminds me of the camraderie in games I have with my friends. Gaming is just like any other thing people do in life for fun. Gamers are not aliens or swamp creatures just because of their interests, they are normal people.

Beardon65:
That sir, is brilliant. It spoke everything to me. In fact, I began to tear up towards the middle of it. A truly great article.

Fortunefaded:
I don't get what all this marlarky abt the end of the world is. Also the article just seemed strange to me. Are we under attack for playing computer games?

Does the name "Jack Thompson" ring any bells? Seriously, where have you been?

I was at sea last year, might of missed some gaming controversy. I've just started using the escapist regulary, so i don't know the gaming news side of things. I most play games and not follow the industry at all.

That was a fantastic article. While for sure there are people that live both worlds, and while for sure what is said here applies to more people than the author seems to attribute to "we" (but you can't really blame him), it rings so true in such an amazing way. I especially relate to the sensation of cheating on the real world. While you can't abandon the people you know, how can you possibly swallow the world's mandate on how you're supposed to love, instead of embracing what you actually love? Ghandi said "be the change you want to see", and the fact that believing in this world of constantly unfolding creativity is considered gaudy by so much of the population is astonishing and gravely unfortunate. Anything we can do to shake off what chains us to the vision of inadequacy they can paint us with is a welcome gesture, so that we can be free in what is really just human love and creativity, and more and more and more. Great article! Thank you. Also, this makes me angry I didn't hunt down relic games after the guy who runs it found me in a bar in Vancouver and told me to come find him :)

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