Monday, October 13, 2008
David discusses the influences that video games have and will have on us in the future. I find the creation of such life like games remarkable. I constantly question how these seemingly real images are created. Video games are a great form of entertainment and allow many people to express their artistic minds in creating or playing these games. I am bothered with the fact that to some, video games might be more meaningful than actual life. This brings about some concern in my mind that some people's most expressive and emotional times in life could be in a virtual world that only exists if they want it to.
The video with the student's opinion startle me. I understand the correlation he makes between emotions felt while watching a movie and the future of gaming, but why does one want experience such emotional aspects of life via video games. It is understandable to image how great these games will be but a game can only be as good as a real life experience to back it up. The same with movies, where a part that makes you sad or happy usually has a personal experience to back it up. So what if some become so dependent on the emotions created in video games that these are the only feeling they truly understand?
The best part of the student's opinion video is at the end when he is contemplating reality vs. video game world. He states, " We must stay aware of what our games are teaching us and how they leave us feeling when we finally do unplug." This part is what I think should be more importantly expressed in David's talk. At the end he talks about his 17 month old daughter and how he hopes she loves Video games as much as he does. My question is what would the big deal be if she didn't. Along with the majority of the world (i think),I find actual life experiences more meaningful. It makes sense to want to pass your passion on to your children but if your passion revolves around things like sports and fighting why not experience those in real life rather than on a television screen?