Sunday, August 21, 2011

Because men will build a home in the virtual world but not the real world.



Whether it’s Archage, City of Villians, Everquest, or Guildwars, men will start their relationship with on line gaming at an early age and sometimes retain this love affair throughout their lives – these days.

This is a rather new phenomenon. I’m heading for the middle of my life, and when I was young, video games were “Pac Man” and “Frogger” – excellent games but not something you could devote years of your life to, despite many people’s attempts to do just that. 

Somewhere in the subsequent ten years, on line gaming became a sophisticated thing.

Men will spend hours, days, weeks, months and years in the virtual world. This is understandable if they are slaying dragons, gaining extra powers and finding various death-cheating potions.

What is less easy to understand, is the games where they construct houses, go to university, get jobs, find a wife and build a family. I mean – if this sort of thing floats your boat, you can actually live it. It doesn’t have to be done on line – exciting news I know. And although the wife in real life may not have permanent pigtails and high breasts, there are real life advantages, I promise,  so exciting they obliterate virtual pleasure.

The most insane thing about these games is, it is almost as hard to get to the next level in the real life simulated games as is it in real life.

This is where gamer’s motivation gets a little hazy for me.

In romance novels, you could argue the same thing is going on, except that you are never fooled into thinking you are really living that life in a book.  Sometimes, on-line these barriers can get a little fuzzy.

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