Have you ever wondered…
What is it that makes someone good at something? What is it about their mind/body/environment that’s different than those that aren’t considered to be good at the same thing? I think that games can explain this.
When someone is good at something, they can use some of the same thought processes to become good at something else, even if it isn’t really related. How do you think certain people are “good at games” and others just aren’t? If you think about everything in terms of games, you can see that becoming good at one video game after another is not just a matter of learning things specific to video games. One must learn things about learning itself. That’s one thing that’s special about games; they involve learning within themselves.
What’s something that involves learning within itself? Life. From the very day each of us was born, we’ve had to learn things in order to progress and learn more things. What’s the purpose here? I couldn’t tell you at this point. One thing I can say however, that I strongly believe, is that the universe, our lives and our thoughts are all governed by some underlying system. This system works the way games do.
Thinking of the universe in terms of games can at first be a tricky concept to come to terms with, since society in general likes to think of games as a pastime. I don’t think that’s entirely so, as you probably already know if you’re reading this. Games can be a very good pastime; they can be entertaining, they can be fun. However, games can also be enriching to our personalities, our relationships, our abilities and our fulfillment in life. That’s not it, either; games are what encompass all of the systems of the universe, and we can use that to make discoveries and understand what we’re all doing here.
This may sound like I’m going off the deep end, but I assure you if you begin to think of the world in terms of games and game mechanics, you will find an uncanny world of reasoning within that. This is certainly not a religious concept, yet it does not clash with any religious ideals that I know of, and I feel that this type of thinking can do much good for humanity.
Let’s take Albert Einstein for example. One of my role models for most of my life, it’s because of his enjoyment of the violin that I decided I wanted to play the violin. It’s also because of his quotes about “thinking in terms of music” that made me begin to think of the world in terms of games.
If you were to tell someone out of the blue, “the universe is all music,” they’d probably think, “Oh that’s nice,” and they would just ignore you thinking that either you’ve lost your mind or that you’re saying something sentimental and esoteric about music and butterflies or whatever. I hope you know better than to ignore ideas like this and odd thoughts that could challenge your present belief system. Again, I mean none of this in regards to religion. It’s just a way to perceive and understand.
When I say that the world is all based around games, I don’t mean “games” in the way you might think of them. Games are not at their core just toys, nor are they just conflict. I know that games at this point do not yet have a clear agreed upon definition among designers and theorists, however I can assure you that they can go far beyond how most people in the general public think of them. That’s something I’ll be exploring a lot on this blog in the future, alongside other somewhat more tangible ways of looking at games.
I hope you’ve enjoyed yet another ongoing train of thought from me. I’ll leave you this time with this question to ponder:
“What around me right now works like games do?”
Until next time,