Video Gamer’s Reality


Have you ever heard a song and thought, That reminds of my favorite video game…?

There are a few diehard Zelda fans who revere Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero” because it might have been in the game. They still know the real title music when they hear it. They know when they hear something even close in style that they’ve played a game with that kind of music in it. Oh yeah, the thumbs start trembling excitedly and their eyes glaze over as if they’re suddenly transported right into that interactive world.

Have you ever seen a chevron painted on the street, like the one in the picture above, and thought, This should give me a burst of speed…?

If you have, then you know exactly what it’s like to live in the video gamer’s reality. It must be some kind of parallel world, because people from far parts of the globe have reported experiences like that. One minute you’re writing reports on your office computer, and the next you’re flying through the darkness of the starry universe shooting down enemy ships. One minute you’re driving the company truck, the next minute your driving a tank. One minute you’re riding the bus, and the next minute you’re driving the bus erratically, smashing down the pedal, racing for that next ramp so you can leap this ten ton hunk of diesel burning machismo over the broken overpass…and then you come down, not landing the bus, but landing your sense of reality right back where you were. You wish you were there, but there is no there. At least not anything you can hold down and make it stay.

One more: Have you ever accidentally looked over someone’s shoulder, someone you don’t know, and saw them playing a game on their phone like Candy Crush, Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies, or Geometry Dash and you wanted so bad to tell them how to play the level they’re on because you’ve already beaten it, and you know they’re going to make a mistake, but you don’t say anything because, well, you don’t know that person, and that would be really awkward to jump right in and say something, plus they would probably get mad and tell you it was your fault that they blew the level, and that’s what you would do if someone over-the-shoulder played your game for you?

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