Ready Player One: Welcome To Life

Fine, I am 25. probably younger than thee and slightly older than your castrated German Shepherd.

And I perfectly agree I am probably not in the best position to give life advice. But then, fuck that. Let’s just say I do something you probably haven’t done in your lifetime besides a beer, a fap and a deep snore – video gaming!

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Spoiler Alert: No Dog was hurt during this blogpost. Photo by Jametlene Reskp on Unsplash

Maybe in my next life, I will probably be a professional gamer with 1000000 geeks cheering me on at a National World Gaming event (if hypothetically it existed). And after twenty-three gruelling hours of non stop clicks, a wet soaked butt, shoots,kills, and secure the flag. I am crowned Best Gamer of The Century!

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This could be me in the next Life!

Jeez! I am literally jizzing at the thought of this! It is hard to not have dirty thoughts isn’t it? Sigh.

But then, next life hasn’t come. You are still reading this. So I guess not all dreams do come true.

Today, I want to share with you my top 5 unique life lessons video games have taught me.

#1: LIFE IS AN UNFORGIVING RPG

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If you aren’t a video game fanatic, you probably are lost reading this. Hold on tight to this rope, I promise to rescue you.

An RPG (Role-playing game), is a genre of video games where you control the actions of a character, interact with other characters called NPCs (non-playable characters) in an immersive well-defined world. Games like The Witcher, Mass Effect, Dishonored and Telltale’s The Walking Dead rank up high there as some of the best RPG games ever created.

Player actions have consequences. Sometimes irrevocable on how the ending of the video game pans out. In essence, there are multiple endings and where a player ends up is a sum of all actions he took. You write your own unique story.

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A screenshot from Ubisoft’s Assasins Creed Oddysey.

In real life this resonates with one of the Universe’s most important laws: The law of cause and effect”. This states that:

Every effect has a specific and predictable cause.

Every cause or action has a specific and predictable effect.

In essence you are master of your own destiny. Whatever conditions/situation you are in(effect) now, is as a result of certain actions you took(cause). If you are currently single, you probably have decided to prioritize masturbating and binge watching Netflix shows in your couch over going out there and socializing. If you are a deadbeat husband, you just decided family comes second to alcoholism and shagging any random skeleton in skirt. You are making choices, these are your causes! Your social life sucking or being unemployed isn’t the fault of the government or being black. You just aren’t making good causes. In hindsight, predicting accurately the “effects” arising from your “causes” is a lost cause.

If you are reading this, get this firmly drilled into your skull: Some effects from the causes you make can be devastating and can flip your world upside down. You probably know someone who made a string of bad decisions and messed up big time.

It is an unforgiving world, take claim of your life. Become the master of your own destiny.

Spoiler alert: After being a “nice” guy to Ciri in Witcher 3, she ignored my command when it mattered most. She died(effect). I was so pissed. Then I realized all along, I was being a shitty dad and not being hard enough on her(cause). Did I have any idea what the consequences of my actions were? Hell no.

2. A UNIQUE DEFAULT SETTING

One of the very things you do when you start a video game is to select a difficulty setting based on your level of skill. Play amateur on FIFA 19 and you are bound to hit 10 goals plus against AI. Choose über (most difficult level) on Wolfenstein: The New Order and you won’t survive for 2 minutes.

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Welcome to Life! Unlike in video games where you choose your starting difficulty settings, things are out of your control in the beginning. You don’t choose your race, color, genetic combinations and family. Not everyone is lucky enough to be born to Kanye West as a father who can afford a golden-plated toilet seat for a 5 days old baby. What are the chances of that happening for you? 0.00000001%.

Truth is, if you are unlucky to be born into a very poor family, life could be similar to starting Uber- like level in Wolfenstein. You probably won’t survive serious illnesses, get quality education and quality feeding.

If you are short, chances are you will find it difficult bagging a hot chick who is obsessed with gladiator-esque muscular men. Being dealt with a bad hand in the beginning although sucks, is out of your control. But hey, people have beaten the odds to make it in life. People have gone from novice to Pro-gamers, people have gone from grass to riches. You just have to get good at beating life at its game. Improve at something. Give your self a better chance at making it. Add value to your life.

It might suck in the beginning but trust me, be persistent enough and you will get you to a point where it will feel like playing amateur on FIFA.

3. PERSISTENCE IS REWARDED

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Ask any gamer the most difficult games they have played and 9 out 10 will mention Dark Souls. The game is incredibly difficult. Check out this chilling stat!

Q: How many Dark Souls II players die every second?

A: Console gamers die 150,443 times per hour in Dark Souls II. That’s 2,507 deaths per minute, or 42 every single second.

Source: venturebeat.com

Now that’s 23 times faster than the real-world death rate(as of 2011)! If the game is that hard why do players persist to beat the game? The answer to that question was discovered in 1954.

James Olds and Peter Milner co-discovered a part of the brain called the “Pleasure Centre” while experimenting with some rats in the lab. Only this time, setting wasn’t in outer space and didn’t feature Dwane Johnson( Rampage- pun intended)!

They realized electrical stimulation via implanted electrodes in the septal area of the rats brain triggered released of Dopamine in the nucleus accumbens. Same chemical involved in addiction to hard drugs, sex, alcohol. This made the rats continue to press a lever incessantly even at the expense of eating and drinking for sustenance.

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You might never read this your entire life.

Dark Souls gamers have activated their Dopamine pathways, they are persevering with the aim of beating the game. You get good at something if you persevere hard enough. I am talking obsession level kind of perseverance. Don’t half-ass efforts if you want to get good at something. Cristiano Ronaldo’s team mates rave about how obssesed he is with getting good at football. And with five Ballon d’ors to his name and in my opinion the best player in football history, his persistence has paid off. Hasn’t it?

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The price of persistence.

Maybe it’s about time, your dopamine pathways got hooked to something productive other than social media, texting and getting hooked to porn. Be obsessed. And even when you fail over and over again, be like the Dark Souls player, don’t ever give up. Your persistence will be rewarded in the end.

5. FLIP TO WALKTHROUGHS:

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For 3 hours, I was stuck trying to crack a puzzle in Ninja Theory’s aesthetically stunning videogame, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. Got so pissed, I smashed my X360 controller against my bed(No one got the luxury to do TV smashing.Lol). Fast forward 30 minutes, I met a friend who claimed he had beaten the game in 6 days. The hell! I was at this game for two and half weeks. “How did you do it?” “Oh, I watched Youtube walkthroughs”. Whaaaat?????

If you are new to the gaming world, there are gamers on Youtube who beat games in the shortest possible time for a sport. They upload the videos for other’s viewing pleasure. They call these videos “walkthroughs”. These guys have gone through the pain to teach you the ways to beat the game if only you will throw your pride away to watch them.

In real life, you really don’t have to know everything. You can be the most brilliant surgeon yet suck as a dad. That’s the shortfall of our lives as humans. You can’t have it all. But there comes a point in your life, you have to give up on your ego and ask for help. Walkthroughs can come in the form of parents, teachers, books, seminars among others.

Going through a massive mental breakdown? See a psychologist instead of trying to figure out shit on your own. There are a 1001 self-help books out there than can teach you invaluable life skills. All it requires is, to have a ” I don’t know shit, teach me more” mentality.

Just as there is a beautiful saying “There is nothing new under the Sun”, whatever you are going through, someone has been there and done it. You just need to find them and extract the juicy info.

Experience they say is the best teacher, but in the game of life, you might not come out alive.

BONUS: ONLY THE CREATOR KNOWS THE END.

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Sucks but we have to admit, no matter what we do, only the game developer knows the true consequences of our actions. Only he knows the perfect ending(effect) and knows the precise “causes” that can lead there.

I do believe God or whoever you serve, knows the perfect ending and for all the actions we take, knows the ending that pans out. It is the limitation we have as humans.

If that is the case, what is there to lose? Be ready to take chances, and live with the consequences. That is the shitty part of our lives we suck at – taking responsibility for our actions. No one wants to admit they were wrong. No one wants to be seen as a loser. When shit hits the roof, play victim and draw the crowd to your side.

But hey, this is why I sat down to type out this long post for you to read.

I want you to take charge of your life, and believe you have nothing to lose in the end. In the end we all die. But between now and then, take a step and be ready to live with the consequences.

Live, enjoy Life while it lasts and believe you are the maker of your own destiny.

Hopefully after reading this, you let go of the “video games are for kids mentality”. Gaming is more than just entertainment! (origin id: charlieb_maxx)

Have any lessons to share, drop it off in the comment section. Catch you soon. Cheers.

Your favorite crappy writer, DrC.

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33 thoughts on “Ready Player One: Welcome To Life

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  1. Dr. C…this is actually dope.. and yes.. darksouls is one of the most difficult games out there…but thats not the real issue here..i really loved the point u made wid the darksouls game…and moi being a fellow gamer..i get it..

    I just love how u linked gaming to reality…Gosh..the walkthroughs got me smiling😎😎…

    Everything is just on point..
    Brilliant…just brilliant….Keep it up bruh

    1. Maaaaxxiiiiie! Glad you enjoyed this one. Yes, the dark souls concept was a wild card. Did a lot of brainstorming to merge that one,.
      The walkthroughs man!!! No time, to stress figuring everything out. Everything we need is available to succeed. Really appreciate the feedback. Have an amazing day. Cheers

  2. Dr. C. !!!!Wowww!!!!…GREAT piece!!!

    LOL…Don’t really know much about “Gaming” but I must admit I really enjoyed reading This!!!!!

    Very Dope!!And I’ve actually noted some Relevant points down tho…😊😊😊🙈🙈

    GBU DOC!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Wooooooowzers! A new convert! Hi Lorraine. Glad to hear from you. Fact that you aren’t a gamer and getting hooked catching the vibe, tells a lot about your open mindedness. Keep that up. Really glad hearing from you. Cheers.

    1. Dang! A convert who got away! Definitely give it a try. Video games come in shapes and sizes. You probably might not like the consoles, give the handheld a shot or mobile gaming. You won’t regret it. Nonetheless, really appreciate the feedback. Cheers

  3. Insightful…
    I seriously don’t like playing game… Lol
    I have helplessly fall in love with games upon reading this…
    Great job DRC

    1. Hahaha! A new convert! Hi Ryta. I officially welcome you to the World of Gaming and button mashing. It’s a wonderful colorful world. Super appreciate the feedback on the post. Have an amazing day. Cheers

  4. You know I am a gamer if I have to comment on this. Anyways most of the things you said in there make complete sense tho. It’s weird playing Trap Adventure 2 and not knowing what to do. That’s what we gamers call a FUCKING RAGE QUIT. Maybe you should try that with a biscuit or something inexpensive instead of a controller. Lord knows you won’t throw a new Xbone Controller into the arms of the wall like a fairy tale love story. Ain’t no snow white in this bitch called life. Persistence pays off. Not in a day. Insanity is doing one thing over and over again expecting things to change. That’s not how we do it in life and gaming. I always think that life is a simulation where God is watching our asses like…. Duh.

    1. Hahahahhaa. Hi Micky Briggs. Definitely will check out Trap Adventure 2.
      Lmaaaaooooo hell no I am smashing my controller against a wall. Really glad you enjoyed this one. And that insanity quote meeehn!!!! Vaas from Far Cry 3 dropped bars on that one! Really hope to hear from you soon. Cheers.

    1. Hi Godwin. Super grateful for the feedback on the post.Glad you enjoyed this one. Subscribe to the blog and keep coming back for more. Cheers.

    1. Rolexy! Bro, Glad you enjoyed this one. Really appreciate the feedback. Subscribe to the blog and keep coming back for more. Cheers

  5. Am speechless. Just when I think you’ve out done yourself, you surprise me. “Your intelligence is abnormal …. Vivisection will confirm”- [Brainiac’s Voice –
    Injustice 2]. Don’t get scared by this, just take the complement when you figure it out. Lol

    1. Haahahahaa. That Brainiac Voice. Thanks so so much Hafiz Salifu for your kind comment. And hell yeah, I’m taking that compliment all in! Glad you found this blog, glad this blog found you. Cheers

    1. Hello Hewal3 klan. hahahaha. You definitely know you are the king of Writing hands down. Really appreciate the feedback. Trust me, the gamers loved this one! Thanks so so much, and hope to do a collaboration with you soon. That will be mad stuff! Cheers

  6. This is massive… You’re always imparting something new into our lifes… God richly bless you…. I love being a gamer

    1. Hello Paul. Great hearing from you again! Really appreciate the feedback. And a big fat Amen to the blessings. Yes! Being a gamer with a pride badge is fucking amazeballs! Catch you soon. Cheers.

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