Sunday, February 5, 2012

RPGs: The Blur of Reality

In today’s gaming world RPGs are one of the biggest platform designs game developers use in creating games today. This year the biggest RGP released was Elder Scrolls newest chapter Skyrim. Personally I have put in over 250 hours of gameplay into Skyrim. The game allows you to create a character to develop and master different skills used in the middle ages. The avatar I created is a human named Leonidas. I made my avatar look exactly like Gerard Butler’s character in the movie 300. I made him a shield and sword fighter with exceptional archery and magic powers. When leveling up my avatar I wanted him to be as well rounded as possible. I wanted to make him as over powered as possible so I made him armor that had a rating of over 1000 and an attack rating over 300 making him basically invincible. After I achieved that point the game became boring because I could never be stopped.   After becoming addicted to this game reality became different for not only me but all the other gamers that have played the game. Even today talking with friends who played the game we always make references to the game and try to use our imagination and use the powers in the game to act it out in real life. My friends and I are constantly trying to use our shout powers with no success. My friends that have created avatars for this game remarkably resemble themselves in real life. They created their avatars to be an exaggerated version of themselves. So in Role Playing Games u can see how Waggoner may be right in saying they do in fact change the formation of identity. After playing Skyrim my identity has been changed and I sometimes wish that reality was Skyrim and I was my avatar and how much easier life would be.


  1. 250 hours! Wow! See, that's why I didn't buy the game. I knew I wouldn't get anything done, so Kudos for finishing your homework. Hehe.

    It's interesting how you say that your idenity has changed. How do you think it has changed? For the better or worse? What I notice when I play games is that the fantasy aspect, which is always so satisfying, can make the real world much more depressing. Skyrim is obviously a fantasy game, but what if games were more realistic (and I don't mean in look or graphics, but in story). What if they resembled real life, or were more educational-based? They may not sell as well, but they may bring more meaning to real life and not remove us from it.

  2. Damn, you sure love playing games. I use to have this addiction to where I would play Runescape for twenty hours straight. I spent nearly five years perfecting my avatar to make it look awesome. I did not quit for the same reason as you did in Skyrim, but I felt that I was wasting countless hours of my life. I had times where I would be top dog, but I realize that there is always someone who is stronger and better than you. Being set in a scene of the middle ages is something everyone wants. I think it’s the tactical fighting that has us hooked on these games. The funny thing after quitting the game during my freshmen year, it made me realize to never play any video games like that ever again. I had thoughts about getting Skyrim because of all the good reviews, but now that you mentioned it, I don’t think I would be very please with my grades if I get hooked on it.