A short and sahweet essay by Valerie Lapomme.
At first, these two things seem to fit together like cake and ice cream.
But if you really think about it, the notion that video games are all about violence is a pretty poor assumption. It makes people think that gamers are just heightening their repressed impulses, and that’s a pile of garbage.
What I really think…
Violent people are gonna be violent. It doesn’t matter whether those people play video games dripping with carnage for fun, or crochet baby blankets in their spare time.
Recently, I’ve had my own little encounter with real life fighting. Tim’s ex-GF (her name is Andrea, bt-dubs) threatened to lay the smack-down on yours truly due to some heavy flirtation that went down between Tim and I.
I feel super bad about it, mostly because Andrea was a fan of my vlogs and now she probably just thinks I’m some kinda boyfriend-stealing strumpet.
I bet she’s a super cool lady too. She did make a WWE-style reference to chokeslamming in threat, after all!
So what did I do about it? Did all the years of intense gaming…lots of which involved some kind of combat…boil up and make me wanna throw some punches?
I told Andrea I accepted her fight challenge. But on my terms….
In the ring. That’s right.
WWE Smackdown VS. RAW 2011 for PS3!!
You see, fighting…as TERRIBLE as it is in real life…is still in its own way something people do, ultimately, to connect to other people. Gaming provides people with that all important connection, sans actual damage being caused.
(although the reduced amount of blinking due to heavy gaming can seriously dry out your eyes)
The first rule of Valerie Lapomme’s Fight Club? No real life fighting in Fight Club.
And I’m hoping a video game challenge…like SO many gamers know to be possible…will make Andrea feel more camaraderie with me in real life!!
S’Worth a try, right?!