What’s going in Walk and Think Audience?
Just released Episode 02 of the Walk and Talk Podcast.
This time, the theme will be:
“How you can improve your life using video games”
Now, if you read walk and think, you know I do not play video games or watch TV, Netflix, anything like that.
And I don’t encourage others to.
So, why am I talking about video games?
Well, they can help you improve your life by leaning some concepts from them.
And they can also destroy your life, by creating false feelings of accomplishment and burning off your time.
They are a sedentary activity, and many hardcore games get overweight.
Social skills deteriorate as they sit indoors night after night.
Of course, these are extreme examples.
For all the bashing I do on video games, I myself, at one time, played heavily.
Why? My life just wasn’t where I want it to be.
I wasn’t creating my own content, and my finances were where they should have been.
I lived with roommates I didn’t get along with. Video games were an escape.
All sorts of factors can drive you toward video games, mainly BOREDOM.
You’re bored, so you create a risk free challenge for yourself. You can always restart in a video game.
There is a risk with video games, however, and that risk is losing your time. Burning time to play a fantasy reality someone made, and paying for the ability to do so.
Video games are fairly expensive. For a modern game you need the game $60, the console or computer, and internet connection, and sometimes a subscription to the console company.
Those things add up, but that’s not the point.
Point is there are two sides to video games:
The creator and the player.
The creator builds the game, works hard, solves problems, programs the AI, builds the levels, creates the textures and models.
The player pays the creator and plays through their imagined world.
So, let’s get back to the point.
How can you use video games to improve your life?
You can use them by understanding why they are appealing and how they work.
So, every video game has an objective.
For some it’s collecting money or sources
For some it’s destroying the enemy
For some it’s leveling up and building power.
All games have an objective to complete. Most have many objectives, as well as a map to explore.
So, the first way to use them is to understand that you, as a person, are malleable.
You can be molded and shaped over time. You can do this yourself and choose what to be, however if you do not, someone else will.
You have to actively see an image of what you want to be.
So, in video games you have statistics.
Things like Strength Endurance Health, Luck, all this sort of thing.
Real life is a little more specific, where there are many attributes that you can develop.
But the first thing to learn from videos games is you can “level up” in reality, through training and learning.
No, I am not talking about a classroom, I am talking about skill specific books, learning from others in the industry, training, practicing.
So, first step, is develop your main character – yourself.
Another lesson is to have goals, to set objectives.
Without goals, you are just drifting along, not determined to move one way of the other.
The third hint you can learn from video games is: learn the game rules.
Every game has it’s rules, it’s limitations.
Same with real life. Possibly the biggest game rule is: no restart.
You have one chance to live, and you are allotted 70-80 years to do whatever it is you need to do.
This seems like a long time, though it is not, because your first 15 years of so, you are too young to make your own decisions. And the last 20 years or so, you are not as physically capable.
So you get around 40 good years.
Which is what your employer is after by the way.
How many elderly people do you seen in your work center?
So let’s recap, before I go on too long talking about this.
First, treat life as a game. Like a sandbox free world game.
You are the main character, first person shooter style. Figure out the game rules. Rules like physical capabilities. Money. Relationships. Figure out how to play the game efficiently.
Second, realize your skills are malleable. You can learn and develop what you want to. Level up the skills you want to have. Be useful.
Third, set objectives. Make small goals and meet them. Stay busy.
You are the hero of your game, and you can design yourself how you choose, play how you choose, and do what you want.
So, there is no point in me burning off time playing games.
I have already learned the lessons that you can through them. No point going back.
That’s all there is to it.
Until Next Time, and
All the Best.