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Reality vs. Virtual Reality...

I spent most of the day either in an airport or on board a plane...and I have to tell you, I'm not really big on the whole air travel experience (I hate flying). It did give me time to reflect on this most unusual phenomenon that perhaps you have experienced yourself regarding video games (what else of course) and how they affect your perception of your surroundings. Maybe this just happens to me.


 

So, as I walked through the airport I am reminded of the big controversial scene in Modern Warfare 2. I see it play out before my eyes, a bunch of crazy lunatics bent on shooting the place up and inflicting as much collateral damage as they can. I wonder what I would do if I were in that scenario. Most of the TSA and/or security forces don't look sufficiently prepared to respond to such a threat. I wonder if I would leap into action and become some sorta Duke Nukem "I'm all out of chewing gum" hero. I think my video game experience has prepared me.


 

It got worse once I boarded the plane. I thought about the scene from Bad Company 2 and even Rainbow Six where you had to save the hostages being held by the plane hijackers. If only for a second or two, I think about my strategy and how I would respond in such a crisis.


 

Then that's when it dawned on me...as a gamer, I visualize a lot of the make believe worlds I've experienced in the real world that I live in. Now before you run off calling the mental health clinic to come pick me up and put me in an "I love me" suit and padded room, I don't mean I want to go on a rampage and hurt people like in Modern Warfare 2. Kind of just the opposite, video games have caused me to actually evaluate my surroundings and look at them from a whole different perspective.


 

It's kind of like the game, Mirror's Edge that implemented a unique approach to the first person shooter genre by including a lot of physical movements into game play. Now, I'm certainly not physical enough or brave enough to try a lot of the terrain negotiating techniques related to parkour, but having played the game I look at my surroundings and imagine if I could, what I might be able to do.


 

Parkour (sometimes also abbreviated to PK), also parcours, or l'art du déplacement (English: the art of moving) is the physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one's path by adapting one's movements to the environment. It is a non-competitive, physical discipline of French origin in which participants run along a route, attempting to negotiate obstacles in the most efficient way possible.


 

Now, I'm in my hotel and I look out my window just to get a visual on my surroundings. I could have sworn I saw Sam Fisher hiding in the shadows, getting ready to shimmy up that pipe to access the roof and infiltrate the hotel through the ventilation system.


 

At least that''s how I'd do it.

Don't even get me started on Need for Speed and how that has affected my outlook on driving. Hah, let's just say..."When in doubt, go all out".


 

What about you...have video games caused you to look at the world differently? Do you ever see components of your virtual world in the real world.

Okay. I really need to go to bed now...

 

...and for the record, I don't condone acts of violence or the total disregard for traffic laws. Don't take this blog too seriously...just saying...cheers.

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