I just want to do a blog on this because it's my service to you as people who play video games and consume entertainment and artworks. I know most of you are not bothered, but this is the point of this blog and I think it always has been, and so I will write anyway simply for posterity. I have nothing to prove, and I don't need to do this to gain acceptance. It's just a matter of personally 'wrapping things up'; bringing this blog 360 degrees and being conscious of the game as a kind of tool or power (Like music, art, and anything else).
Before I start, this has nothing to do with entertainment/art. It not a blog about art vs. entertainment, or "are games art?". This transcends all of that. And it's not about some kind of perceived battle between the 'correct' way to do or play, and the 'incorrect' or bad way to play or do. It's not about any of that, and it's not about what you prefer or do not prefer.
I'm simply understanding very well, from experience, that our consciousness; our thoughts, behaviors, identity, and who we essentially are can be modified and shaped like a kind of clay. Even if we're unaware, and all of our experiences fall into the unconscious experience (instincts, habits, past memories, emotions) we're constructing realities inside - unwittingly. If you could tip the contents of your self out onto the table and turn yourself inside out, you would see it.
Take destruction for an example. I was having a discussion with someone about music and its potential to create self. At the time this was new to me, but now I understand (At least better than I did) how sound vibration is like another dimension in the mind and body; it's like a space of itself that influences us. I was thinking about the relatively recent tortures at guantanamo bay in the U.S. they used lots of very loud music - rock and metal, and distortion to break the spirit and essentially destroy the minds of the prisoners. That kind of music as I understand dismantles mind structures. It's like if you build a grand cathedral out of bricks, and then get a wreaking ball to knock it to the ground. Sound has the same properties on mind and spirit. Similarly a video game where you're a person shooting realistic people from a first-person perspective already has an underlying connotation that war is acceptable and permissible; without you necessarily even being conscious of it. You've accepted it before you even begin pressing buttons.
Now I'm not saying that people who play shooters, turn into murderers. That's not correct. People who are already psychologically disturbed are the ones who generally have the capacity to murder. Games do not create killers (Society and the family take care of that ;-)). I'm saying that everything has a message to impart, whether we take it on consciously or subconsciously. We're building ourselves each day through what we do, say and consume.
It's my responsibility to do a blog on this as most of you play a lot of video games. I just want to say, hey, this is happening. You can notice it, or not.
All of our consciousness is at different levels of evolution. While it's all part of the same big network, we have individual experience. Some people are essentially still animals, and others are possibly not even a standard human anymore. We have a lot more capacity to evolve than you think. Games are just one source (A very powerful source) of constructing identity. Well... maybe 'constructing' is not the best term. We are who we are already (It's just that some of us know more about themselves than others), and art and entertainment allow us to peek inside. I believe we subconsciously pick the correct things to consume. If we can change to being aware of what we play then we have power to change and create reality rather than being slaves.
Try to take away the borders of 'game'/'reality'. After that you notice how you can bridge between everything and that it all has a unifying effect on your own consciousness. It doesn't matter if it's on the physical or the virtual dimension, or the sound dimension. Reality is a relative concept, not limited to the physical plane. When I play some victorious music I become victory and I become the winner. When I play domination-based shooters I become the aggressive dominator. If you're conscious of it (If you know it), you can destroy all your weakness and indecision. That's just one example of how your consciousness can be altered. I personally became a much stronger problem-solver through years of playing games, and I was able to develop the tendency to always remove obstacles from my life. Over the years, they've had some other effects like moving me away from being an emotionally-affected being to relying more on sensory awareness and reasoning. Because a lot of games don't invoke many powerful or deep emotions, my behavior has changed to be less emotional. This is happening to you as well. For better or worse.
This is by no means a comprehensive essay. It's just a small shout. Choose to hear it and be curious to personally investigate, or choose not to.
Everyone is creative and creating reality every day. It would be wise not to just accept what has been created for you...For the sake of everyone.