Escaping Escapism: Using Game Design For The Real World
Games are everything I’m not. Video games make me feel powerful, they give me a purpose and I am well rewarded in games. In Monopoly we become rich; in World of Warcraft we save the world; in poker we are devilishly strategic. People can often use games to escape the negatives and the anxieties that reality provides. In some cases it’s just a bit of fun, in other cases it can be unhealthy.
I deal with anxiety on a daily basis. I can sometimes be in a constant state of anxiousness for reason beyond my control. In some cases it feels as if I’m floating in air watching me do things with no feeling of what these things are doing for me; there can often be a lack of emotion and in some cases a lack of identity. When you’re in a constant state of negative emotion it can be…
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