Does This Game Make Me Look Fat?
Self-confidence is a fickle thing, much like other fickle things. It can tear you apart or make you the impervious douchebag who has no idea just how unsightly it is to show off that much cleavage when you’re a hairy-chested man. I may be digressing here. We all game for different reasons but the connecting thread has something to do with escapism and hopefully entertainment.
It’s no secret that games can have an emotional impact on you. Journey reduced Alessandro to a hormonal teenage girl, Spec Ops made everyone who played it feel like the single worst human being alive and Heavy Rain had me on the edge of my seat, eagerly anticipating the next sequence. We are without a doubt emotively tied to our games but do games have any impact on our self-confidence and personal image?
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I’m no psychology major, although sometimes I pretend to be one and just give people really bad advice that will likely ruin their lives, but I’d wager that it’s more than possible. Have you ever played a game and felt emasculated? Or perhaps you wrapped up a playthrough of something or won a couple of matches online and felt like you could conquer that tree over there.
This is just an arbitrary thought that was floating around in my head and so I decided to grab hold of it. Does gaming ever affect your self-confidence? If so, what game did it, what was its effect and where did it touch you inappropriately?