The Importance Of Being Earnest
The world is a super serious place. It’s dangerous and it’s scary and now you will be afraid the next time you think of running a marathon. Most of us have careers or are studying to have a career and you do that because it’s important to be successful and that’s what you do when you’re an adult, you try and become successful.
In all of this stress and pressure that we place on ourselves, along with being concerned about what is happening in South Sudan and who is being replaced on the board of the SABC, we really forget that we shouldn’t be taking ourselves so seriously, that we should be taking some time to just laugh.
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Gaming, and being a gamer has become a very serious pastime lately. We’re human and most of us are naturally competitive, so we compete not only when we are actually playing a game but in all other aspects of that world too. It’s not good enough to just play a game, you have to get all the trophies and all the collectibles and everything needs to be updated to whatever gaming account you use so that the rest of the world can know too. It’s not good enough to just write a review on a game, you have to be one of the first reviews out or it has to be nuanced in a way which makes it different to all the other reviews. You can’t just write a column because it needs to be the best column and have the most views and everyone who reads it needs to love it.
I’m so guilty of all those things because I do that. The simple joy of playing a game which I really love is lost to me now because I need there to be amazing graphics and an amazing story and meaningful character development. My standards are so much higher and when I play a port of Islander I’m bored after five minutes. I used to love playing Islander.
I think that the world has become more accessible and more excessive. There is so much of everything, and a lot of that is good everything, that it becomes a gluttony. I know I’m one of the big proponents of gaming becoming more character and story invested and for pushing games to do more and go further in more innovative ways but on the other hand I want to go back to a place where I can enjoy something like Donkey Kong again without immediately comparing it to current casual games like Angry Birds.
I need a gaming detox and I think it would do me the world of good. I also think that’s unlikely to happen and I’ll just spend the rest of my life chasing title after title.