Fun and Games
Video Games have come a long way from Atari and Pong. Our fascination with exploring the different facets of our existence in a controlled and capsulated manner has existed ever since we discovered the means to transition from a hunter-gatherer society to an agricultural society. We incorporated our technological advances into our games as a way to enhance and enrich the experience.
Nowadays, video games have become whole world unto themselves. They have the ability to provide massively multiplayer online experiences with roleplaying and incredibly complex and dynamic worlds and storylines to match. We are not living the experience vicariously but through our own sense, in first person. They have the potential to alter the very fabric of our existence.
With every powerful new discovery or invention, there is potential for both benefit and harm. There is a chance that a segment of society might lose track with our reality and lose themselves in these created worlds, like the effects of opium on vulnerable members of society. There is also the potential to create experiences that enrich our existence and allow us to explore our reality more fully.
“With a partnership that includes 15 nations and with 68 nations currently using the ISS (International Space Station) in one way or another, this unique orbiting laboratory is a clear demonstration of the benefits to humankind that can be achieved through peaceful global cooperation.”
— Charles Bolden & John Holdren
“In the history of humanity, there have been many languages, including French, that have served as universal languages: Latin, Chinese, Arabic, and more. Yet none of them ever ruled the world the way English does today…
English is becoming a universal language such as humans have never had before.”
— Minae Mizumura
“When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, ‘See! This our father did for us.’”
— John Ruskin
“And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came.”
— John F. Kennedy