For a very long time video games have been part of my life. I started playing way back when I was just a young “keester.” I started out like most of us just playing somebody else’s console (my dad’s) and continued to develop that relationship because video games gave me what I needed for so long. I even remember my dad telling me over and over “get off of the game and go play outside or go do something constructive with your time.” It wasn’t until recently I decided that playing video games is taking away more from my life than adding to it. Primarily this is because I decided to start playing the game of life.
In World of Warcraft alone there are 10.3 million subscribed gamers playing all at the same time. Thinking about how many people this is you can’t help but wonder what these people are actually gaining from these foreign, and imaginary worlds. It doesn’t make sense that someone would invest so much of their ultimate currency (time and energy) into something that has very little tangible value. The only reason I can say that I understand why gamers do it is because I am a gamer myself. I could not even begin to express how much of my own time and energy I’ve put forth into gaming, with very little in return.
I feel the reason why people are doing it isn’t because they are doing something that is just fun, but that they are filling a void of self-growth. The reason video games are so addictive is because they offer a way to fill that void of self-growth and move through life without wondering if they are living life to the fullest. Deep down inside of every person on the planet they have the fundamental mindset of getting better, or “leveling up.” I know through my struggles and experiences alone I have felt what it is like to level up. Mario gets bigger when he eats the mushroom, in “WoW” your character gets an ambient aura, in real life you get higher and higher levels of happiness and consciousness. Everything is calibrated to the levels of achievement (achievements) and experiences (experience points) one has.
My path towards levelling my “life game character” up began when I literally became attracted to a different kind of validation. Initially being attracted to “pickup” due to my insecurities with women I set out to improve that area of my life. It took me 4 years to finally par up my morals with my train of actions. This year I found Social Dynamics and it has power leveled my character up to the highest level that I have ever been with no signs of the power leveling to stop. Social Dynamics is the first thing to ever bring out the best in me and also bring out the best in other other people.
Even interacting with people in a video game is a simulation of how it is in real life. That instant satisfaction you get from developing a connection is so powerful! In this video blog I tie all the strings I can from real life to video games. You can really start to see which skill sets are worth developing and which are not. I also try to keep my video blogs to 5 minutes or so but this one was too big to even keep in under 10 minutes. Look for the parallels yourself.
Now that you’re back, it’s time to level up and leave a comment.