I honestly had this idea that I was in love with the video game industry because I was able to still be a man child AND still keep six figures. That’s the American Dream now right? That’s just like - I’m good. Student loans covered. Vacation a year covered. If someone gets pregnant, I know all the dudemergency cuts to be a respectable father figure. Just me?
Woah... uhhh... cough....GAMES!
So I thought that was the perfect blend for a stop around this weird coast the universe has me set at. Until life simulation. Work with me. I’m not gonna start going into false god’s and prophetic jargon. Nor am I gonna talk about Ancient Astronaut Theorists....
Everyone plays video games. Everyone. Even Dating apps have turned into... video games. This stimulating digital experience that you lose yourself within. Magnify it. What if you could really meet these people without leaving work, your couch, or even your relationship? Ahhh the rabbit hole deepens !!!
But shmeriously, that would be interesting right? Turns out, Dating apps have now turned to video. checkmate.
Now keep following..... we are about to merge apps and video games. So we are at the point that you can stay home and still visually inspect/engage in another human (app style). Now picture the engagement in real time and you can be whoever you want. Like role playing except after you dress up as that generic French maid and corporate ceo, instead of going back to being Susan and Bob, you stay in it full time.
We are there. You’re with me....
Now we are playing around as Bob & Susan... those two shmucks.
It would get boring, no? Like I could only bang my randomly placed corporate French maid so much before I start Rosetta stoning “shoot me please” in French.
So we expand the game. Sims style but more role playing choices. Now I can decide whether I want to be a decent person or a piece of shit. With every decision then I could just choose the polar opposite because, fuck em.
Things just got real. If that was a game, you bet your ass everyone would sign up.
We all have that person we want to be. Wish we were. Tried to become.
If given the opportunity in life to stay where you are and take the wheel in another scenario, would you?
I would imagine the eventual value of that game then needs to be determined. Because like video games, you can just be like “fuck it I quit” and turn it off. Which I guess if life is a video game, you can as well. However the repercussions are not necessarily known. Can’t just blow on the bottom of yourself, shake, then jump back into life like a Nintendo cartridge.... or can you? We don’t know.
Small ties: work with me.
Roman Stoic, Seneca has brought a few stares my way when reading some of his work on the acceptance of death. There is one conversation he is having with a man who is committing suicide due to pain. As he talks of a god and universe, he references the one ultimate choice they give you... when to quit.
Pretty clean. Pretty old. Pretty useful.
So back to this game. Still sounds interesting, right? Despite the whole - did he just talk about suicide and quitting a video game? Let’s be real - Life would truly be the scariest game you’d ever play. It would be one that would get a mature rating and I wouldn’t want my kids to partake till 18 and at least one pregnancy scare.
So what if that’s real life? You are unfortunately stuck with this current avatar. Can still have some mods! And That little voice in your head that tells you to put the piece of pizza down or call your mom is just the user swearing because they fucked up previously with the decision. It’s plausible. We lose ourselves in digital relationships already. ‘Ready Player One’ is a possibility. But we won’t be playing it. We’re stuck in this game. With this character.
I don’t really know the point of this was per say... maybe it’s something motivating? Maybe just continued self deprecation in exchange for accountability. This life simulation had me all kinds of existential and I can’t tell whether my love of video games is tainted or just raised. I just know that despite being a bitch, I dig the game so far. So I will leave you with one of my favorite Seneca quotes:
“Non est ad astra mollis e terris via" - There is no easy way from the earth to the stars.
The journey continues....