a reply to: Astrocyte
Hello my friend.
You've experienced what I like to call the 'zen' state of gaming. I'm pretty sure almost EVERYONE who's ever reached a decent skill level at a game
(which requires various cognitive/conscious abilities) has experienced this at some point.
You do not have to be high, although being high does open your awareness to whole a new level of perception.
I am sure this is to do with it's effect of breaking a certain veil that has intricately linked your consciousness to this reality since it were
Once that veil is first lifted, it becomes like the moment 'Adam and Eve' were meant to realise they were naked. You realise your thoughts and actions
unlike ever before, and become aware of the very real seperation that exists between your genuine consciousness and the physical faculties of thought
It is truly a marvellous experience that changes you for life.
But back to the 'zen' state - I agree that it becomes a state of being where you allow all your relevant physical cognitive abilities to flow
effortlessly between each other.
You loosen your awareness of YOUR OWN awareness, and allow it to work in harmony with your subconscious faculties.
This practically results in enhanced ability.
Video game wise, FIFA or Pro Evo (football games) are PERFECT examples although it can be achieved with anything and everything. I used to reach the
same state while doing real, physical boxing when I was younger.
But with FIFA, I've played friends where we couldn't remember a single detail at the end of a match. We had NO awareness of it. Yet, we watch it back
and it was some of the greatest play, mind games and execution we've ever pulled off.
Another good example is tricky challenge games like Geometry Wars or 'the worlds hardest game'. Games that require intense reactions and hand-to-eye
coordination. Or Wipeout. When you reach that state with these games it is sheer brilliance.
You do things you could not under normal circumstances.
It definitely is a therapeutic experience. Do you play any fighting games like SF/Tekken? At high level, those games can easily trigger these
edit on 18-7-2014 by DazDaKing because: (no reason given)