Happiness in a virtual world

Published Saturday 21 Feb 2009 3:43pm | 17
 

I recently read an article where they were saying that people playing in a virtual world were happy there than in the real world.  In the virtual world people can meet their friend’s online, party up or play as a clan.  The ‘team’ have a common goal and as long as they all co-operate to get there and its all sweet. 

In the virtual world, there’s no bad news on the TV, there’s no TV!  People help each other by sharing items, giving advice about powering up or completing a quest.  World of Warcraft is a classic game where community is an important part of the experience, it doesn’t matter what ‘race’ you are and we’re taking reality world race, not Elf or Dwarf, what your background is or whether you’re rich or poor.  People just get along.

There are those games that mimic reality, but are still so far fetched that it can only be experienced in a virtual arena.  Games like the GTA series, I mean yes its ‘gansta’ and violent and like COPS on a bad day, but that level of violence and the acts of car jacking and running over people are not transferred into the real world.  Although it would have to said, recent news would suggest otherwise.

I know that when I play either online or a single player game, I’m totally happy in that environment, nothings depressing or financially a burden.  It’s just pure entertainment.

In the end the virtual world can be a better place, a nice place to escape to for a little while anyway.  But reality isn’t always grim either and I certainly prefer the real world.  My family and friends (real people) make my life a joy, and I won’t trade that for any virtual world.

 

 


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Comments Comments (17)

 
Nivicious
Posted by Nivicious
On Monday 23 Feb 2009 1:29 PM
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your ending sucked, you made me cry...
 
 
 
Posted by Srassy
On Monday 23 Feb 2009 2:43 PM
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I would trade my family and friends if the virtual world was good enough. Shenmue, for instance.
 
 
 
ChatterboxZombie
Posted by ChatterboxZombie
On Monday 23 Feb 2009 4:02 PM
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RL's 4 N00bz
 
 
 
Trigun
Posted by Trigun
On Monday 23 Feb 2009 6:21 PM
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23 February 2009, 04:02 PM Reply to ChatterboxZombie
RL's 4 N00bz
QFT
 
 
 
Ruptunex
Posted by Ruptunex
On Monday 23 Feb 2009 8:25 PM
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I'm a real world kinda guy. But i just like Video Games.
 
 
 
alienhominid
Posted by alienhominid
On Tuesday 24 Feb 2009 4:53 PM
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Well there is nothing in games that would make me depressed so I guess I prefer virtual. People I actually know well ignore me, but people online are always cool.
 
 
 
Lisa3x3x3
Posted by Lisa3x3x3
On Tuesday 24 Feb 2009 10:31 PM
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23 February 2009, 02:43 PM Reply to Srassy
I would trade my family and friends if the virtual world was good enough. Shenmue, for instance.
thts not very nice.. they'r the people that should matter most to you. people need to try find happiness in the real world too, we shouldn't resort to this 'virtual' world when everything turns to sh*t or we wana be happy, sure its extremely fun, but u still have to get out there nd grab life by tha balls!! :P
 
 
 
itachi
Posted by itachi
On Wednesday 25 Feb 2009 2:34 PM
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23 February 2009, 02:43 PM Reply to Srassy
I would trade my family and friends if the virtual world was good enough. Shenmue, for instance.
Shenume rocks.
 
 
 
Posted by Srassy
On Wednesday 25 Feb 2009 2:49 PM
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24 February 2009, 10:31 PM Reply to Lisa3x3x3
thts not very nice.. they'r the people that should matter most to you. people need to try find happiness in the real world too, we shouldn't resort to this 'virtual' world when everything turns to sh*t or we wana be happy, sure its extremely fun, but u still have to get out there nd grab life by tha balls!! :P
I wasn't exactly being serious. However Shenmue can get pretty addictive.
 
 
 
alienhominid
Posted by alienhominid
On Wednesday 25 Feb 2009 8:34 PM
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24 February 2009, 04:53 PM Reply to alienhominid
Well there is nothing in games that would make me depressed so I guess I prefer virtual. People I actually know well ignore me, but people online are always cool.
Except stupid prepubescent racist homophobic twats of course......
 
 
 
Posted by shadowbandit
On Monday 2 Mar 2009 6:47 PM
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I don't play games by myself in the virtual world... I find it funner when a real person is there, even with one player games
 
 
 
Posted by twisterjamz
On Saturday 7 Mar 2009 3:46 PM
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How can you get happy from a virtual world?
 
 
 
Posted by twisterjamz
On Saturday 7 Mar 2009 3:49 PM
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How do you get happy in a virtual world more than in real life? thats just weird
 
 
 
Posted by twisterjamz
On Saturday 7 Mar 2009 3:52 PM
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what happened the comment thing, said my first comment wasn't posted and then I look after i had posted the second one and find that it whad been posted, man thats annoying
 
 
 
Ruptunex
Posted by Ruptunex
On Tuesday 10 Mar 2009 10:55 AM
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so you posted a third time to explain your stupidness? Nice.

The virtual world is cool and all, i mean it's a nice escape, but i prefer the real world
 
 
 
Te-Tiko
Posted by Te-Tiko
On Sunday 20 Sep 2009 9:51 PM
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If reality sucks start drinking..
 
 
 
Soyerz
Posted by Soyerz
On Sunday 28 Feb 2010 8:57 PM
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Reality is a b#tch, but I would never trade reality for a video game world.