Gaming’s Sleight Of Hand
“Now you’re looking for the secret. But you won’t find it because of course, you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to work it out. You want to be fooled.” – Cutter, The Prestige
There are two entertainment mediums I’ve grown to love since I was a miniature dust-kicking urchin – one being gaming and the other one being the art of magic tricks. There is so much fun to be had by being mystified by a magician’s card trick or indeed the reaction emitted by a group of people seeing you perform a card trick of your very own. To believe there was a time when I studied different ways of astounding the people around me before I even knew what copulation was – simpler times, no doubt.
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However, I’m not here to talk about procreation or magic tricks alone, but rather how the gaming medium can be seen as a magic trick all on it’s own. In the aforementioned simpler times, I wanted to know the secrets on how to fool people using only an ordinary deck of cards and I played games then and still for being fooled by its uncanny ability for pure escapism. This was possible then and from my own experiences, even more so today.
The only problem is that we’ve become accustomed to the medium and the ways in which it can draw us in with sharp, yet cuddly hooks and as a result we’ve become immensely picky about this “passion” of ours. When looking at a game from a reviewing standpoint, you need to look for flaws and inconsistencies, but I do believe that it should not be the case when you are merely playing a game for your own escaping from reality needs.
I’ve always seen games as magic tricks; heading our way via streams of data over the internet or suppressed on a flat 1.2mm thick disc. Come on, guys, that’s truly is magic in it’s own right. Entire worlds being brought into our own house by the most uncanny of ways.
Sure, some games are not to fun to play through, but I feel that we shouldn’t lose sight of the “digital magic” that is at work here.
Please excuse this amateur card-loving fool, I need to practice this card trick one more time.