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11 January 2005 @ 02:58 pm
Reality through repetition of simulacra  
Sometimes, people play too many video games, and it affects the way they see the world. I found the personal anecdotes very entertaining. If you have any real-life examples of your own, please add them. I'll be adding mine as I think of them.

You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake -- but you could be if you got off your ass.
--- Dasein (6110)
 
 
 
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on January 11th, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC)
Possible vacation spot for the ice lover in you.
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a certain brand of escape: the truthatelierlune on January 11th, 2005 10:48 pm (UTC)
I regularly hum the Final Fantasy victory theme to myself if I'm working on something and after a little struggle managed to complete or solve the problem. This is sometimes accompanied with victory dances or poses, depending on my level of happiness and who's around.
la femme stygian: living the mad dreamgunn on January 12th, 2005 12:24 am (UTC)
Oh god, that would entail me acting normally... ever. But yes. MarioKart makes me search for the trigger button, so as to shoot shells at the cars in front of me. And do you know how pysched I was when I realized the ticket machines for the rail will spit out gold $1 coins when you give it a ten dollar bill? And KoL. KoL makes trips to the grocery store very strange, and looking in my alcohol cupboard humorous. I pick up ribbons and tie them to candycanes, contemplate how to force real life items together.... Thank goodness I don't act like a regular human being to begin with.
ninja in the shadowsseiryu_16 on January 12th, 2005 12:44 am (UTC)
Oh God.

Some of the examples in there are more than a little ridiculous and the most extreme of the extreme.

Then again, I'm the one who has ALWAYS looked at the ENTIRE WORLD much like a videogame. I look at boxes and think about hiding in one like Solid Snake. I look at lampposts and think about shimmying up one and perching on the top like Sly Cooper. I see someone I'm hostile to and think how nice it would be to charge them and start walloping away like in World of Warcraft. The times I've been in a go-kart, I've been hoping for shells or banana peels or mushrooms to come to me. And for my own part, I've been hiding under things and climbing things and wanting to search and explore and thinking of things like fetch quests since I was seven.

...

If anyone is surprised that I am where I am today, moreover that I chose the path I did, I will have no choice but to point and laugh at them until I pass out. There was no better way to go ::smile::
iophaiopha on January 12th, 2005 03:31 am (UTC)
This is probably going to seem really weird and abstract, but whenever I play chess now, I have to remind myself that it is not, repeat, NOT a RTS game. The rooks are NOT siege tanks and the Bishops are not Goliaths.

I play terran on Starcraft a lot. A lot.

Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on January 12th, 2005 07:16 am (UTC)
I played chess with nyasara a few years back (when we were still heavy Starcraft players), and he refused to play the game unless he could move all of his pieces at once, or in groups. I have no idea how chess would actually work as an RTS - I think it would be over pretty quickly.
iophaiopha on January 12th, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC)
Some people have already given it some thought, apparently. :D

iophaiopha on January 12th, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC)
Oops, wrong link. This is the droid you're looking for.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on January 13th, 2005 10:26 pm (UTC)
That's pretty cool, actually.
Nightwalkerhalfawake on January 12th, 2005 04:52 am (UTC)
Mmm...video games. They're quite fun. I don't think I've ever gotten so addicted to a video game that I thought of real life as that video game, but they are quite addictive, I can definitely imagine that happening.
push loud penspush_loud_pens on January 12th, 2005 05:34 am (UTC)
back in high school we used to play mario kart and smoke pot for hours just about every night. it was a long time before i could ever drive for real while I was stoned again as I was always trying to slide around corners and what not.

then too there was my IRC addiction period where I found I was routinely typing /me instead of I in regular correspondence.
Angel needs no wings - just a duster & a hackysackcanth on January 12th, 2005 12:12 pm (UTC)
Ah..videogames
The crossovers for me have been some of the computer games I got hooked on at college. For example, back when there was a takeover at Weirhauser all those years ago at Mac, I kept having visions of a Zerg rush taking out all the protesters, or of a cloaked carrier basically anihilating the building at 2 in the morning while I watched and lit a cigarette.

But it got worse. I discovered Diablo 2 and suddenly I realized that I seriously wanted to learn about throwing knives and balanced hatchets. I began to think that it would be nice to slaughter Ramse kids and raise them up again to do my bidding as a necromancer.

And i wont get into the diablo 2 and the pot brownies..you'll have to ask loungeboy about that one.

Smash Brothers and Goldeneye were the worst by far. I once got so angry at Petey that I threatened to "Falcon punch his punkass into next tuesday." for a while, when i would stay up real late, I'd randomly hear Pikachu being launched into the stratosphere even though i was nowhere near a videogame console at the time. And yes, my ex landlady's cat still looks like an evil black pikachu.

As for goldeneye, I was never very good at it, and frequently i would get drunk and watch people play it at mac. Sometimes, if i was up late at the science building, I would think of the coolest sniper points at surrounding locations. I often speculated that my chem prof, Mr. Burns, was secretly assembling plastic explosives and other such devices when he wasn't busy getting drunk and cancelling our midterm exams. I would often have nightmares that i was Bond and Trevellian was chasing me through an empty Old Kagin. Funny that as Bond i was still able to recognize that Kagin was actually the faultline to Hell that was, in fact, in front of the Healer's house -aka-nurse Bob's office. (again, ask Loungeboy about that one if you don't know what I mean).

the videogame/real life crossovers continue. I'll share more as I think of more. For now, goodnight.


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A Carnot engine of self-loathingcalypsomatic on January 14th, 2005 03:53 am (UTC)
not the best example, but I recently told someone who was returning to college after several years off, as a means of comfort, 'Just imagine that college is a big dungeon, and admission to the college are some guards outside that you can conquer. But then you get inside and find that all the monsters are impossible to defeat unless you acquire certain skills and experience! So you have to leave the dungeon and go other places for a while until you gain the experience and levels needed to be able to properly conquer the monsters of college."