*** I accidentally saved this in a draft instead of publishing it! UGH. It was definitely finished on time. Sorry about the unforeseen lateness. ***

Response to: “Play the Game: Grand Theft Desire”

Grand Theft Auto reminds me of a virtual dollhouse for boys, but there are things about Grand Theft Auto that absolutely do not belong in a “game”. The part about having sex with a prostitute to gain points and then killing her to get the money back is such bad taste, and a complete insult to the female gender.  I can’t stand the fact that a game promotes sexual violence.  I understand it’s a game and not real life, but why is that deemed as fun? “Cops and robbers” violence is different.  It is one thing to have good guys vs. bad guys.  It’s another to have completely unwarranted sexual violence in a game TO GAIN POINTS AND MAKE MONEY.  Grand Theft Auto allows for more free will than other games, so it is up to the player to make the decisions of who to kill.  However, the fact that the game developers made this an actual objective is disgusting.  I’m not against violence in video games. It’s fun to pretend to be an outlaw. This goes with the whole escapism and the “being something you’re not” fantasy.  But where will video games draw the line?

Response to: “Is This Man Cheating on his Wife?”

Games like The Sims and Second Life really are adult versions of doll houses, which makes it funny to me that adults get so into them. It’s obvious that people are living out their fantasies through these games. You can tell just by looking at the virtual Hoogestraat compared to his real life self that this man is trying to live out his younger years through a video game persona. I feel really bad for his real-life wife. That last quote was heartbreaking. It’s crazy to think that you could actually become jealous of a video game persona, but I don’t think it is “just a video game”. There are obviously real social interactions going on with real people in Second Life. These aren’t computers that these people are interacting with. You can actually get to know someone through the internet and form friendships.

What I found hilarious/ridiculous/sad was that a support group actually exists for spouses of obsessive online gamers. It seems like something you’d see in a dark comedy.  But such is life.

I feel like there might actually be legal online marriages someday, as well as making that a grounds for real life adultery. What if these video games eventually become virtual reality games? That would be extremely realistic… but still a game.

Response to: “Virtual Iraq”

It’s bizarre how a virtual reality is created in order to help soldiers that are trying to forget about these traumatic experiences, when at the same time gamers are playing video games like Call of Duty in order to be apart of those disastrous events, and to virtually blow things up and shoot people. There’s something really off about that.