Should I worry when the line between real life and a computer game seems to blur?
My boyfriend and I were walking along the street, chatting about this and that, when I saw a sign in a store window that contained the initialism, “GSI.” Earlier that morning he and I were searching in the game world (SWTOR) for a GSI vendor. In the game world, GSI stands for Galactic Standard Industries. I have no idea what this real life version of those letters meant.
Here is what happened in my brain during the one second of seeing the sign:
- Millisecond 1 – Eyes input visual of sign in store window
- Millisecond 250 – Brain recognizes letters
- Millisecond 500 – Oh, that is the place we need to get the next quest from
- Millisecond 750 – Realization of what I just thought
- Millisecond 1000 – Laughter
My boyfriend turned to me and asked why I was suddenly laughing so hard. It took me a while to catch my breath enough to tell him, and of course he thought it was hysterical.
And then it happened again.
This time the game was Sim City, and the real life prompt was an abandoned building. In Sim City it is good strategy to immediately bulldoze abandoned buildings to avoid creating homeless people and to maintain your tax revenue. Probably a good strategy in real life, but not nearly as easy to do: I held up my hand in the direction of the real life building, moved my finger in a mouse clicking motion and said aloud, “bulldoze.”
My boyfriend almost fell over, he was laughing so hard. He is threatening to write the two events up on facebook.
I guess I just beat him to it. But should I be worried? Is this yet another sign that I am gaming too much, or is it just evidence of a healthy imagination?
What do you think?
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