Into the System

Video Games provide a way of living that many other forms of media cannot replicate, the ability to affect the world you are playing in by directly interacting with it. You can’t change the events of a film and thus you can’t truly feel like you are a part of the world that a film tried to replicate, you are simply a viewer. Games don’t have this problem and thus can focus on fully immersing you in a world that you can lose yourself in.

I bring this topic up as recently I decided to play Skyrim again but this time I focused on creating a character who was nothing like me, Jolgarr the Jolly, a Nord Barbarian who has many different character traits that aren’t like mine. It means I am fully playing a different person, I am experiencing a different form of living, and that is very different to how I usually play. Most of the time I play someone who has defining characteristics similar to myself, however this usually leads to me having huge doubts about my role in life and who I truly am. This time, I am playing someone who isn’t me, someone who is just Jolgarr, a simulation of a barbarian’s life and not me putting myself into the simulation, and that’s perfectly fine with me.

Do you find yourself having the same type of moral dilemma as me? How do you tend to deal with it? Let me know what you go through in the comments! That’s all for now, and as always. It’s not just a game, It’s a Life.

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