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What do you love to do in video games that you can't do IRL?

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An obvious big part of the appeal of video games is that they offer us a chance to do things we can never do in real life. This can include some obvious and unobvious things.

For me, these are the things that I love being able to do in games that I can’t do in real life:

  • Shoot and blow people up without harming anyone (let’s just get that out of the way =D)
  • Travel! I do not have the health or the money or time to do this in real life. While gaming is not a replacement for RL travel, the process and experience of exploration is very real, and that does make it a sort of travel.
  • Do stuff without worrying about my pain levels too much (I usually feel better at night when I play, and if I have to stop, it's as simple as putting away the controller--that's much easier than coming back home from some activity I had to travel to).
  • Make easy, reliable cash. It is so great not worrying about where money will come from in Skyrim or Fallout. I don’t have to loot every body and container, but I usually do, because I can. It isn’t that easy IRL, so it feels cathartic and reassuring in-game.
  • Create a customized house/land. I spend a lot of time arranging things in my houses in Skyrim and Fallout.
  • Take care of people. In Skyrim and Fallout, I can move people into my house and be their provider. I am a provider IRL too, but in the video games, I can do it with more confidence and less uncertainty.
  • Enjoy a sense of family. While I have family/friends IRL, there are relationship gaps, especially where having a sense of “community” is concerned. I can enjoy that sense of community in some video games.
  • Find new places to call home. “Home” for me has never been just one place IRL. But I get a sense of “home” in some games too, so virtual locations to add where I feel safe and surrounded by a supportive environment.
  • Watch endless sunsets and northern lights. Thank you, Skyrim.
  • Feel like I can change the world. I feel like I can hardly dent the injustices in the real world, but in video games, I get the satisfaction of making peoples’ lives better.

What about you? What do you love doing in video games that you can’t do in real life?

@kingpotato @killamch89 @kingpotato @Alyxx @The Blackangel @Jayson @skyfire

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1) Walk and Run
2) Use a sword
3) Be a strong, powerful woman instead of a weak cripple
4) Disappear from the world when I want to be alone
5) Be thought well of instead of looked down upon by literally everyone I've ever known

 

That's pretty much all I can think of at the moment.

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17 minutes ago, The Blackangel said:

1) Walk and Run
2) Use a sword
3) Be a strong, powerful woman instead of a weak cripple
4) Disappear from the world when I want to be alone
5) Be thought well of instead of looked down upon by literally everyone I've ever known

 

That's pretty much all I can think of at the moment.

I can't reasonably claim to really know you, but from what I see of you in glimpses here, I see someone I respect who has inner power that a lot of people couldn't imagine, because most people can't truly empathize with the daily challenge you face just waking up and living your life.

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2 minutes ago, StaceyPowers said:

I can't reasonably claim to really know you, but from what I see of you in glimpses here, I see someone I respect who has inner power that a lot of people couldn't imagine, because most people can't truly empathize with the daily challenge you face just waking up and living your life.

All I can really say to that is Thank You. I respect you a lot as well. You come off as a strong woman, who doesn't back down from your convictions and morals. That is something I like.

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11 minutes ago, The Blackangel said:

All I can really say to that is Thank You. I respect you a lot as well. You come off as a strong woman, who doesn't back down from your convictions and morals. That is something I like.

Thank you too. Coming from you, it means a lot to me.

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6 hours ago, skyfire said:

4. date hot girls which you can't in real life.

this is like the sole reason Witcher 3 is popular, I think XD

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21 hours ago, The Blackangel said:

A joke I read one time was ”If I had a dollar for every girl that found me unattractive, they would eventually find me attractive.“

Eh, I would never go into a relationship based solely on a guy's wealth. I need some deeper connection.

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1 hour ago, Alyxx said:

Eh, I would never go into a relationship based solely on a guy's wealth. I need some deeper connection.

You and me both. Financial stability is nice if you can achieve it, but when getting into a relationship the bank account shouldn't even be on the radar. If you don't have a connection other than that, then there is no relationship. It's a sugar daddy/mama situation.

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31 minutes ago, The Blackangel said:

You and me both. Financial stability is nice if you can achieve it, but when getting into a relationship the bank account shouldn't even be on the radar. If you don't have a connection other than that, then there is no relationship. It's a sugar daddy/mama situation.

Which isn't a good basis for a relationship. Sure the money is nice but this is someone you're choosing to spend your life with, so you better be sure it's someone who you are compatible with.

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