Living Your Fantasies In A Virtual World
The waves keep crashing against the hard wood of the ship. It has been storming for longer than I care to remember and my body is almost permanently encased in a watery aura. The salt has dried my lips up more than any desert can possibly imagine to achieve. The men are becoming restless. A part of them is still roaring for the sense of pure adventure that they were promised, but a part of them also wishes to return to their homes, where a familiar comfort awaits them. Here comes another frigate. We’re too exposed to turn back now. It’s time to expel my fellow man in order to satisfy my inner greed and violence. Oh sweet lord we got 200 wood from that, time to upgrade the ship.
As you can possibly tell from the way too dramatic intro, I’m talking about Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag. I’ve been playing it for quite some time now (even though I’m in the middle of exams) and I just can’t get enough of it. Everything in this game makes me happy. Want to know the reason why? It’s not because I’m a fan of Assassin’s Creed games. It’s not because of the pirate setting. It’s not because of the story. It’s because I get to live out my fantasies. I’ve always wanted to sail the seas in a huge boat and have thrilling fights in the middle of gigantic storms. I don’t know why I’m attracted to it, but I am.
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It doesn’t even make sense in a way. I have been on two boats in my entire life and both times I got drowsy because I suffer from motion sickness. I detest the outdoors and I’m a fat guy that takes two tries to get off his couch at times. But that’s the beauty of it. Even though I’m physically incapable to live a life of a sailor, I can still do it inside of a videogame. My wildest fantasies come true, but I only do it on my couch and with someone that can actually walk more than 200 meters without feeling like their dying.
I experienced something that I could only dream about. Have a fight with a white whale. I’ve been having this fascination with Moby Dick ever since I listened to Mastodon’s amazing Leviathan album that took inspiration from the book by Herman Melville. I’ve sometimes sat and daydreamed about being on a boat and having this glorious battle with the gigantic whale. Then it all became a reality when I tracked down a white whale and had the chance to go toe to toe with the beast.
It was fantastic. That feeling of pure intensity was there that I always dreamed about. I enjoyed every second of the experience and afterward I felt this serene happiness that I haven’t felt in a long time. Gaming gives us that ability to live out our wildest fantasies and dreams. Ever dreamed about being in a zombie apocalypse and surviving with the best of your ability? You got it. Ever fantasised about being a career criminal that does insane and violent things all the name of money? No problem.
It’s not like we will ever get the chance to live out these fantasies. Like I said, I’m absolutely horrible on any kind of ship so the closest I will ever come to having the experience I dreamt about would be in a game. Gaming provides us with the ability. It’s probably the main reason for why I love it so much. I can be a medieval warrior capable of superhuman feats that gets to live in a world of dragons and sorcery. I get to be a badass action hero. I get to be a criminal. I get to be a damn Pokemon trainer. I get to be whatever the hell I want. It’s an escape from my constrained and often times limited life.
So what games allowed you to live out your fantasies?