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Do video games helps us cope with the great unknown? Can they teach us anything about our own mortality? PBS set off to find out.
PBS's webseries Game/Show explores the history of death in games and it's effect on our culture. Check out the video below. It's interesting, and it won't kill you.
[Source: PBS via Polygon]
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I don't like this guy as much as I like the dude on PBS Idea Channel...
That said, it really just puts the question out there with a couple thin theories as to why it would go one way or the other.
As far as real-world impact on our happiness, and connection to society, I prefer Jane McGonigal's TED Talk on the subject.
If you had asked me yesterday, I would have said no. Having just finished Beyond: Two Souls, I can say yes.
This was pretty cool. I'm going to watch the rest of these videos when I get the chance. And in terms of death, I'm always watching my back, and I think it has made me a more happy person in a way.
the original purpose of cod zombies with rounds n stuff was not to see how long u can survive, but to see how awesome u can go out. I think...
Can't say that I agree. not only am I terrified of death, I sure as hell don't want to be dead either.
You know i don't think you can die in Beyond two souls.
I fear death its going to happen whether we like it or not. I just fear not being remembered or leaving my mark on the world a lot more.
When I was younger I had bad depression and suicide crossed my mind several times. What stopped me wasn't the people who'd I hurt or anything noble like that, it was fear. My fear of nothingness and not living my life fully even if it was painful. I'm not a holy person, so I can't say whether or not I believe in life after death. I always thought religion was peoples way of giving themselves comfort before they die. Back to my main point: I think what saved me from my depression was fear. I feared death so much that I was scared out of suicide. Sure, death could end my depression but I was scared sh**less of it and I truly believe that fear saved me from harming myself, or worse.
Now that I'm older I don't fear death as much anymore. It's a fact that no one can escape death. You can delay death but you can't be immune to it. Even if there is nothing waiting for us after we die I'll be fine because I know I lived my life the way I wanted to, no strings attached.