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We have technology (computers) which allows us to create virtual, alternate worlds and where we can choose to spend a significant amount of time in, away from the "real" world.
Allegra: You have to PLAY the game, to find out WHY you're playing the game."
reply to post by NoRulesAllowed
Just thought I would speak for the minority ? - I mean those who never play computer games.
I have never been interested in computer games and ,to be honest, I have difficulty in understanding the addiction to things such as Xbox and Playstation. It is scary to see how people are so taken over by virtual games. Apparently it is even worse in countries such as Japan.
Ironically, I consider the gamers to be the real-life zombies. It is really sad that so many clever people have fallen prey to the virtual world and have effectively stopped "living".
Why do people do it ? In my view it could be a subconscious acknowledgment of failure to shape their environment. Sadly the more they retreat into the virtual world, the more it becomes difficult to impose the will on the surroundings.
I think a lot of people seem to have the same preconceived notions about video games as many did 15-20 years ago. Maybe it's a generational thing, but if I get into a conversation with someone older than myself, the usual response is "oh yeah, video games, I remember Pong, but thats about it". I think many people would be surprised how much fun games are these days, especially once they'd given themselves time to get used to the way it works.
Modern games are so incredibly stimulating these days that they can become addictive, so in depth that your brain begins to feel tired after a while, so mentally taxing that the sense of achievement you get (particularly head to head against other people, not AI) is incredible.
Let's also widen the perspective a bit, there are hundreds and hundreds of games which are not remotely violent, but arguably just as challenging.
Take simulation games for example, Simcity is a great game, challenging and arguably increases decision making, budgeting and logic skills to name a few.
Going even further, a few years ago most simulation software was attached to multi-million pound computer in aerospace industries, but nowadays with the ever increasing power of consumer hardware means that anyone interested in driving a race car can get a very good sense of how it feels to do it for real, working in conjunction with motion rigs, steering wheels, and the incredible Oculus Rift VR headset. It's no surprise Formula One teams use simulation, as it helps with readiness and acclimatisation, and allows them to get a head start before they ever fire up the real car. Why do pilots use simulators? They work. They're immersive, they prepare you.
There's no doubt you can have "too much", but that's the same with anything, real life still rules!