I don't really go in for computer games in a big way. I'm not a big player and an eternal noob, but I do love them simply for my sheer entertainment. It like how I can go into a completely virtual world and do things I wouldn't ever do or even dream of doing in real life. There's that fantasy element which takes us to a new world, away from our own troubles.
The thing with games is that they can begin to feel like real life, and our mental reactions start to resemble the gameplay elements that we have learned over time. We begin sometimes to see the world we live in, in terms of the computer game world. Even if just a little bit.
I am sure many of us like the military style games. I've been playing Just Cause, and it's a lot of fun. An interesting side effect to this is that when ever I see some kind of static fuel tank, or a mobile phone mast, my game brain sees a target I have to blow up. I instantly recognise it as an objective, and of course in reality I just smile and think of the game, but I wonder if there's a positive side to all of this? If the games teach us to be mindful, aware, and reasonable in our actions, this will naturally translate. These things have positive results, and I do feel that the most successful games are those that resemble life to a certain degree in how we must behave, think, and act in proper ways in order to succeed.
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