posted on Jul, 30 2016 @ 12:44 PM
a reply to: Ellie Sagan
Many will say, "Oh it's just a game Ellie, everybody knows the difference between games and reality". But I see that you have misgivings. So do I.
It's how we are training our brains, setting those neural connections on how to react and respond to stimuli that come to our senses. From what I
understand, this is not as cut and dried as some wish it to be.
Decades ago before "Pong" the first video game I was in college and we used to play a game. It was called Bull#. A card game that was similar to
liar's dice. The object was to combine a mixture of lies and truths about the cards you held in your hand AND to listen to the other players and
discern when they were and when they were not telling the truth. If you thought they were lying, you called Bull# as quickly as possible to beat out
other players and catch the liar in a lie. It was not uncommon that when the game or games were over and people were off and away to find that they
were in a denying mode and such things like driving down the street was accompanied with calling Bull# while approaching a red light or seeing a sign
saying turn right to get to the freeway and calling Bull# and wanting to turn left. Now of course this was fleeting, I never did run a red light or
turn the other direction but the impulse was there, established from the intensity of the game.
Another was game was Killer. Those around the table would all get a card, one of which was the A of spaces. This person was the killer and would kill
the others at the table by winking with one eye at then when eye contact was made. The object was to wink without anyone else seeing it while they all
tried to discern who was the killer. This led to a lot of 'not looking at anyone else s face for fear that that person could be the killer. Once these
games were finished, we noticed how as we moved on to other things to do that there was a tendency to not want to look at the other peoples eyes for
fear of being killed.
These were group games played with playing cards but the intensity of them was enough to cause a flood over from neural connections established for
the game, into real life. Video games are much more intense and for the most part not played as a group of people, they are played individually.
I too know the tug of after playing a video driving game of going out for a real drive and thinking that if I take this next corner to causally and
end up crashing that the whole thing would just 'reset' and I could try it again.
Al these 'minor' impulses I guess may not be something to worry about in those of us of enough mental fortitude to have our real world experiences
over-ride these virtual world impulses, but I am not so sure about those who do not have this mental strength to subconsciously differentiate between
virtual and real.