Tuesday, 30 August 2011

A take on gaming

I used to play a lot of computer games. Much less now, as I have come to realise it can be quite a waste of time. Neopets, SGS, Castle Age... and so on. Now I ask myself "so what if you are the top scorer?", "so what if you reach level 100?". There will just be never-ending new quests and levels to beat as the game developer attune the games such that you can never attain the highest.

Gaming is a never ending cycle of time wasting hobby. High energy input, variable satisfactory output, momentarily high mood, and low work output. The only times when I think gaming is beneficial is when it evokes thoughts and make you learn something (or perhaps games which help to improve one's reflexes). I mostly prefer the strategic games.

For instance, I have been blindly playing this game call 'Dragon Fly' which is a game of reflex to make you fly your baby dragon as far away as possible, later on I realised that I need to accomplish certain task for my little dragon to level up eg. collect one speed vial before reaching realm 4. No wonder I haven't been able to level up. Just like in life, if we want to level up, we gotta identify our life objectives and achieve them. Just going about your daily life blindly with no goals in mind is like playing a game and forever not leveling up - wasting time.

In Seven Kingdoms, I have learnt the power of monopoly. When one can monopolize and utilize the resources, conquering is only a matter of time. The winning objective of the game is to eliminate all the other ruling powers in the same land and you can play with up to 7 kingdoms.

In San Guo Sha, I have learnt the importance of teamwork and what is call synergism. Every character has their own special abilities. Some special abilities work particularly well with that of another character eg. Zhen Ji can get more card drawing turns with the card swapping ability of Sima Yi. Huang Gai can do multiple suicide attempts wih Hua Tuo around to save him. It is a game of wit and luck but needs more wit. With the right combination or 'gui ren', a character with seemingly insignificant ability can also become a powerful kingpin. The same can be applied in work and life as each of us also has our own special talents and strengths.

If life is a game, what is your life goals and strategies?


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