The lights are on
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I've asked myself the above question for most of my adult life. Obviously, as an aspiring video game journalist, I depend on technology for my livelihood. I need the laptop to write and connect to the internet. I use my smart phone constantly for social media and email. And of course, I need the games, TV and systems in order to even play the games.
And for what? To escape? To enter a new world? The way I often look at it is like this: If someone were to ask me what three items I would bring to a desert island my answer would be 1.) My iPod 2.) My Xbox and 3.) A Notebook for writing in. Assuming that I could somehow get electricity to make my iPod and Xbox work on the island, why would I really want them? What would be the point? I'm on a damn desert island! I should explore! I should go look for hatches, polar bears and hidden societies. Ugh even when I'm trying to be naturalistic, I have to equate it to a TV show. You see what's wrong with me?
I'm absolutely dependent on technology. I bring this up tonight because I'm watching a documentary on Netflix called 180 Degrees, a documentary about the travels of a young man named Jeff Johnson from California to Patagonia Chile. Along the way he visits Easter Island and other remote areas of the world. Say what you will about people like Jeff who leave society in hopes of reconnecting with nature and in-turn, themselves, but there's something very admirable about what he did.
He had a goal and he set out to reach it. He went on an adventure and just submitted his all to seeing it through. It's something that I think many people never have the chance to even attempt in their lifetimes. I personally don't feel like I've really taken such a leap. Moving out to San Francisco was like a half-step. I still have the comforts of a big TV, a nice apartment, an Xbox, a Playstation, the Internet, a smart phone... all of those amenities. Could I just leave it all and attempt to reconnect with nature and in turn myself? I don't know.
One of the most amazing places I've ever visited was Hawaii. I spent two weeks there, but for two months after, I still dreamed about it every night. I didn't dream about anything specific really. I just had normal dreams about work, family or whatever that just so happened to take place in Hawaii. I didn't have the luxury of any electronics on that trip. I think I packed an old MP3 player but I barely used it. I never watched TV once on the whole trip. I went snorkling at night with manta rays, I swam with sea turtles and dolphins, hiked the volcanos and relaxed on the beach. Of course this was a very touristy trip, but much of it was spent with our friend's native family. Seeing the way people lived on the islands was eye opening to me. They just enjoyed the island. They fished, they surfed, they sailed and they hiked. They didn't need video games. Their life was a video game.
I think that's one of the most important things for me to remember while I'm out here in San Francisco. My life is an adventure right now. I have a new city to explore and new people to meet. I need to get out and do things with the time I've been given here. While I'm looking for jobs, I also need to just get out and experience this place. Maybe I'll still be addicted to technology, but at least I'll be experiencing a new place and making new memories, enriching myself in the process. That's why I came out here afterall. Not for a job, though that would be great. No. I came out here to answer some questions about myself.
I may sound like I'm just blabbering and I apologize. At this point, I have so many ideas running through my head that I just can't even organize them into anything coherent. We'll see what happens from here. It might get interesting. Anyway, thanks for reading.
Stay classy Game Informer!