I was sitting on the DART(Public train in Dublin, Ireland) the other day on my way home and i was thinking about makethisgame.com. I started to also think about computer games why we play them and why they are so popular.
I know this is a bit deep after a days work but it was a nice switch in “train of thought” to end my day. I started thinking about why we like games that mimic reality so much? Why do we immerse ourselves in similar and alternative worlds to our own and in some cases carry out everyday tasks, SIMS for example. Are we trying to escape reality or simply like the feeling of control.
Why do we play games that simulate war situations? Do we secretly long to be in that bunker popping up every few seconds and hoping that bullet that whizzed by your ear wasn’t your last warning shot. Is it an interest in participating without the risk of serious injury? Probably.
What i am getting at is, i think the games we are interested in tells a lot about us as a person, from my own personal experience i found i like to play games where there is problem solving, adventure and and an element of science fiction involved. In “real life” i am a software engineer(problem solving), i love to travel(adventure) and i also love science fiction, i confess i’m a trekky and a huge fan of other similar science ficion shows.
Is it as easy as that to map your personality to the games you play, ill leave that one up to you . . .