Gaming and the real world
First, let’s break down how the real world is similar to the gaming world:
- Businesses are like clans. There is a leader, there are officers (Vice Presidents, Managers, etc.), there are members (employees) and there are initiates (interns).
- Titles can be achieved. You can become an Investor or a Director or a President or a Chief.
- Your “To Do” list is your quest log. Certain “To Do” items lead to certain rewards. Some lead to reputation increases within your community, or to rare and distinct titles and items, or to nowhere.
- The players you interact with create your world. The ones you enjoy playing with end up on your friend’s list, and you tackle “To Do” items together, or maybe even start a clan.
- Your job and passion define your primary skill set, although you can have complimentary skill sets in the form of other professions and passions, sort of like having an alternate character.
- Just like special items and gold can be collected in games, we collect additional wealth through the form of more money, or promotions in the real world. This creates your character’s worth.
- Your gear is how you dress, the car you drive, the gadgets you own, etc.
- Your enemies are competitors in your industry, villains in opposing teams, etc.
It is obvious that the gaming world depicts the same struggles and achievements we encounter in the real world. In my opinion, games are a perfect opportunity to learn and see the big picture of how life operates. For example, whenever I play a new game, I find that after just a couple of days of gameplay, I start to use the game’s strategy and mechanics as a lens for real life.
Ultimately, the use of games to achieve real-world goals should aim to educate us by helping us achieve those goals on a regular basis and with less difficulty.
Technology and design will not act as replacements to empower us, but they do work pretty well as tools that can be used to expand our capacity for achievement.
So, get going. Game to survive and succeed!
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