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Games can't replicate "real".

So the 10th anniversary of 9/11 is over. There were endless documentaries, made for TV movies, blogs and articles that commemorated the event. It brought back my own vivid memories of 9/11. I had quit full time work that year and was at home. I turned on the TV in the morning and there was news of the first tower being hit by a plane... an apparent accident. It wasn't until the second tower was hit that the word "terrorism" was used. Mostly there was utter confusion. Newscasters speculated, they gave incorrect information, they corrected that information, there was video footage... and the newscasters didn't even realize what they were seeing. The entire day induced in most of us who watched it a feeling of absolute and utter horror.

From the perspective of a gamer, I found it interesting that watching 9/11 as it unfolded on TV induced far more horror than even the most immersive of video games. Both experiences involve audio and video images on a screen, yet most of us do have a switch in our brains that differentiate between what is real, and what is not real. Most of the images of 9/11 were not in themselves graphic or horror-filled, instead it was the reality that induced the horror. The realization that those black "blobs" falling from the buildings were actually people... people that chose to jump, or that fell to their deaths. It wasn't so much the image... it was our minds filling in the horror that led to that vague image on the screen, and even the dawning horror on the faces of the newscasters as they realized what they were seeing. Games have tried. In Homefront there is a scene where your character hides among a mass of bodies to escape detection... bodies of women, children and men. The mind.. it says "ewww", but there isn't a sense of reality about it. In Modern Warfare there is a potent scene where your character dies and you have no control over the event. It was a powerful scene, but still a tiny corner of my mind was also saying "the devs did a great job with this, I didn't see that coming!".

When psychologists or tabloid newspapers blame the "immersive reality" of movies or video games for a person's actions or societies ills, I think they do a disservice to the impact of true reality. Our hearts and minds do know the difference. No voice actor can imitate the utter confusion and dawning horror in the voices of those broadcasting the live events of 9/11 as they unfolded. Ironically, video games are often accused of not being able to show facial emotion... yet in the TV images of those watching the towers fold - it was the utter blankness in the faces that was far more chilling than those that cried or or did show emotion.

There are no pictures in this blog. None are needed... we all have pictures in our heads and they are all different. These are just my quick thoughts after a day of re-living the events... events that took place far away and were merely images on a TV screen. They were "real" events though... and there is nothing that the human imagination can produce in a video game that can even come close to producing those same emotions of horror.
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About Elsaone of us since 2:27 PM on 01.25.2009

I'm 55 years old. I'm female, a cancer survivor, happily married, and retired from the work force... and I spend way too much time gaming. I enjoy long walks on the beach, with a gun, sometimes with my husband - shooting n00bs.
I not only like to shoot people, I also enjoy cooking and crafting. Mostly I make my own armor in games like Skyrim and cook my own potions after a busy day of hacking and slashing my way through various critters, guards and bandits in most any WRPG game.

If you're into a threesome or foursome with a mature couple, then come join us - only be sure to bring a med kit. We're old, sometimes we fall down and can't get back up without some help!

PSN: Elsa
XBL: Elssa62
(I currently have an Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, PSVita, a barely functioning PSP, and a variety of iOS/Android devices)

Recent Favorites:
MAG (over 2000 hours!)
Dragon's Dogma
Portal 1&2
Sacred 2
Demon Souls/Dark Souls
Bioshock series
Elder Scrolls Series (Oblivion and Skyrim)
Fallout series
Tomb Raider series
Dragon Age series
Resistance series
Killzone Series
Left 4 Dead 2
Mass Effect Series
Far Cry Series
Destiny (strangely addicting)

Some blogs I wrote that I like:

Fun Facts about Females
Casting Call: Chester the Skeleton
Help, Help! I'm being repressed
Girls with Guns
Guess the Gender
A Girl's Guide to FPS Gaming
Me and My Chainmail Bikini...
Adopt a Troll!
Fanboy Wars - the game!
Me and my digital dick
Invisibility of the older woman
Feminist Frequency and Relevance

Some of my Promoted C-Blogs:
Undies and a Knife
He dumped me! That Bastard!
Love/Hate: Being a Girl Gamer
The Future: The Year is 2029
My Expertise: Leader of Men
The Great Escape: From Physical Pain
More than Just Noise: Boom Headshot!
2010 Sucked: Game Addiction Issues
Technical Difficulties: He teabagged me!

Email: exrecruiter.at.msn.com


Xbox LIVE:Elssa62


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