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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