Well, I been thinking about this over the years, and have come to the conclusion there are real life issues that I have learned about society, people, and certain choices that I have definitely learned from gaming.
One being that if you are by yourself somewhere that seems a possibility for violence from nefarious individuals, remain quite, hide in shadows, prepare an instrument of defense/offense, be aware of your surroundings, look for an escape route that YOU can negotiate without much effort.
Two, being that if you hear a noise in your home or where only you should be don’t say “Who’s there?” or “I have a gun”/Sword”..etc. Just hide in a place you may observe any forgeign entity skulking around where they shouldn’t be. Be ready to defend yourself if found. However One might say “I have conjured demons to protect me” You have been warned, life forms here other than myself are in danger of being cursed/possessed/or die horribly from the various traps I have set”.
Three, look at how people appear, I’ve seen some real rogue looking individuals, in a hoody, short, lithe, shifty, always looking around at other people up and down as to size them up for who knows what. Large tattooed(all over their arms/legs/face…etc) bald, that stare at other people for long lengths of time then just sortta grin. These people I put into a barbarian class or certainly an uneducated fighter type with little or no social graces. They can be easily mentally manipulated especially if drinking or had been drinking by intelligent other individuals that do not act superior to them.
Four, watch for the guy or gal that smiles way too much and seems to have the latest fashions and a sort of glare in their eyes. These people most probably are in sales and so conditioned to act the way they do that they do not even realize it. Usually these people are some type of religious zealot as well for they have been “sold” on whatever religion they tout. Sometimes they will probably have that little fish sticker on their car/vehicle as well. They want you to believe that they are just like you and are trying very hard to fit in(too hard), they have 2-4 children and feel that is what “people are supposed to do”. These people can be dangerous as well, because once they find that they are not correct or that whatever ideal they have immersed themselves in is not “‘real” and when they see themselves as “plastic” or fake they get uncontrollably violent or act in a sudden outburst of anger, sometimes lethal. Also when one talks to them logically and makes a point they cannot or will not even consider because of their belief all they can say is “That is just my faith” As if faith is the cure for stupidity or being irrational.
Large obese men and women that are odorous and impolite usually have no real social life. Nor want one. When one talks to them of dancing,nightlife,social drinking,having sex with the opposite gender, they will change the subject as fast as they can while looking at you like your speaking another language. But sometimes even more scarier, they will ask very strange questions and actually want you to be their leader in teaching them about those subjects, which makes one feel one must escape from their attachment to ones presence.
People carrying weapons (not pepper spray,tear gas, tasers…etc) but large knives or any weapon not considered in society as normal for modern self protection. Usually lack the ability to actually use the weapon in a martialy intelligent trained way. They want others to awe them and comment on the weapon and possibly feel they gain respect from people that do. Normally this is male gender based but there are probably women that do this as well, unfortunately I personally have not observed this.
Cigarette smokers usually have short attention spans, possibly high school graduates most just have a GED, few are well educated. Seem to feel that smoking gives them some type of elitism, will act as if the action of smoking is actually some ritual that takes precedence over whatever else is going on bordering on religious fanaticism. Normally not commenting on the new type of cigarette they are currently trying because of the blend or the rarity of that particular type of tobacco, or the various flavors of tobaccos they enjoy.
Well educated gamers (college graduates and better) usually game in a completely different way than non-college grads. They seem to look for ways of overcoming problems in a more cohesive less chaotic pattern. They can become predictable in their approach because of the linear thinking processes and ways to negotiate with NPCs (both in game and out)…lol. They are or it seems are open to more ideas from others and willing to try various different classes and races, but generally stick to a base class or a certain set of classes/races for ease of play. They are ready to help other players (friends) to a point, but I’ve seen some that separate themselves from a party or group and play and live that way as well.
Anime gamers and furry game/LARP participants-Usually non committed to any one real game, they are even geeks to role-playing gamers,they will wear ears/tails/fake feet/paws…etc Feeling they are “cute” Sometimes they will stand around and bounce in place. They make references to anime movies and that genre that are for the most part like name dropping to impress other that they know about that sort of thing. Normally they aren’t seen at the bar or dance clubs. Real life seems too intense for them and older ones of this genre have many children and are more over weight than “roleplayers of the table top variety” Or they are very skinny, few social graces, and when watched during a convention sort of drift from one group to another desperately seeking attention…IMHO.
Has anyone seen real life things that are attributed to gaming? If so I’m interested in hearing about them.If you like what you see here, buy me a Beer or Six-Pack or Keg!