In David Perry’s: “Are games better than life?” Perry shows a documentary, ‘My virtual reality’, on a student, Michael Highland’s opinion on what his experience of games are. Watching this documentary, personally I thought it was a little creepy how they had Highland talking with pictures coming across the screen, occasionally having his face pop-up. Highland tells us that he is living somewhere between reality and video games. He believes that his brain that divides real from fantasy has finally begun to crumble. This documentary is his story confessing that he is an avid video game addict.
Michael doesn’t believe he’s a video game addict because of staying up late to win a level. It’s because he has had life-altering experiences in virtual space, and video games had begun to erode his own understanding of what is real and what is not. If I was in his position I would immediately get help from a family member or friend. Instead, he recognizes he’s losing his grip on reality, he still craves more. Highland says that after of watching television it geared to make him emotional. The real world is too much for him to handle so he chooses to experience much more meaning through video games than people would in the real world.
Video games today make players to believe that they can do anything like, snowboard, fly a plane, drive a nine-second quarter mile, or even kill a man. Highland believes he can do all of those things and more living in his virtual life. Video game inventors are very smart when creating the graphics and audio because with the the player feels complete emotion, purpose, meaning, feeling, and understanding of the game they are playing. Highland says, “In these games I have fought in wars, feared from my own survival, watched my cohorts die on beaches and woods that look and feel more real than any textbook or any news story.” They know what makes him scared, excited, panicked, proud and sad. Michael says, “My fate and the fate of world around me lie’s inside my hands.”
Comparing Highland’s real life with his virtual life, his real life car has about 25,000 miles when his car on his virtual life has driven a total of 31,459 miles. Driving more on his virtual life, Highland believe he has learned how to drive from playing his video games. Also, the scenery comparing the real world to his, the virtual world is more beautiful and rich than the real world around us. Michael’s view is that brainwashing isn’t always bad, the brain is completely vulnerable to re-programming. I believe that parenting issues were a factor that Michael got this way. If his parents, guardian or friend noticed his attitude change, his problem of not knowing what is real or what is happening on his virtual life, he wouldn’t be so caught up trying to figure it out.