Should I take charge of my own destiny? (The role of the player in our experiment)

We have spent the last little while working through defining what concept of the game is or isn’t. None of the actual detail yet – but the overarching ideas.

Now it’s time for the next step. What role are we playing in this?

We already explained how the underlying biological will of life is to survive and live long enough to reproduce – but as you can see, we live in a far more complicated world as humans than the one the planet began in. What role does a modern human play?

I have some ideas on this- whether they are true or not is for you to decide. I merely hope to trigger some questions in your mind on how to approach your own definition of the player. This entire exercise is after all subjective, you will build YOUR game. Nobody else’s.

What makes a player in a game?

Before entering reality, you have to understand the virtual archetype you are emulating. An RPG player is someone playing the game, they have skills/progressions, the belong to a certain group/tribe (selected or preassigned), they usually have an enemy or main objective that guides their whole journey. They usually play a key role in the narrative.

The beautiful thing about the human experience is that every individual is living their own narrative and you don’t have to save the world to feel like the main player. Imagine watching all the MCU movies – each hero has his own arc and origin and they all feel like their own main characters – yet they all come together and live in a meta narrative for the Avengers / Team up films.

This is precisely what the player is emulating in real life. First they must define their own stories, then (if you choose) participate in the meta narrative – you can be a part of something greater.

But are you even willing to become the player?

There is definitely a sizeable population that wants nothing do with the trials, tribulation, and sacrifice of becoming a player. The player’s path is a path of great pain and great reward.

Most are comfortable with the path of the NPC. This is what society has bred you to be and there is nothing inherently wrong with it. To be a shopkeeper or a tavern owner – admirable. To be a software dev or doctor – perfectly ok. Imagine the stability in routine, the ability to put down roots, make consistent friends and chase the trappings of the world rather than play any specific game.

But….much like virtual NPC’s you are at the mercy of the game. This is also one of the reasons I suspect you are here…

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Life is a game.

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The sentence in the title may ruffle some feathers but in this post I’m hoping to do a deep dive in my approach to the idea that this blog is built on. If I’m going to do what I’m after, it’s important to explain the reasoning behind it.

I wholeheartedly expect people to brush this off as child like ideation. A desire to escape; and to be fair – I wouldn’t blame them. It’s a very logical conclusion to reach based on the typical understanding of rpg games/worlds and it seems very silly. It may also be treated with a sense of naivety/contempt as it may seem to downplay the seriousness of reality (ie “there are no second lives here”, “a fuckup can cost you big time”). I assure you, this is not my intention.

This is merely a holistic attempt at re framing reality in an age of declining religion, increased media pressures, and overall sense of despair and take back some of the mental narrative in a context that youth understand. It is not to downplay reality – but to truly thrive in the rules given in an objective manner. To not get hung up over the meaning of existence (unless you choose to pursue that quest line) and to simply, play the game. To be able to do that with this philosophy seeped into your bones I suspect will lead to incredible results (time will tell if this is true, as I myself am still at the beginning of hammering down what all this is about).

Let us begin!

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What is this blog?

I’ve had the idea for this blog for a long time, probably five years or more at this point. But for one reason or another, I never executed the dream. I hated the idea of spending money on something I’m going to work on sporadically so that’s why for the purposes of this blog. It’s gonna be hosted on the free plan and I am making no commitments to myself. With no pressure, I usually enjoy doing something more so here’s hoping that works rather than losing money on useless hosting plans I barely use. No pressure to write even 1000 words. It’s just a home to drop my thoughts.

This blog is about turning your life into an RPG. It’s not an original concept by any stretch and certain self improvement bloggers/influencers have already beaten me to the punch. There is even a company that has turned this into a game of their own that’s played on paper to my understanding.

But they simply explore the idea for a video or two or for the sake of novelty. I want to take it further and actually develop a full fledged way of thinking that actually allows one to view their life similar to an RPG in a holistic way.

The reasoning for this will be covered in greater detail in a future post but if I had to give a simple overview. I think there is great potential here for young adults/younger demographics to redefine how they view themselves and it could potentially lead to more interesting outcomes for these youth.

This is ultimately an experiment and it will have great trial and errors. But I think it’s going to be an interesting endeavor to see. I’ll be pulling examples from entertainment to make it more relatable and educating myself more in academia to really flesh out what I’m after and trying to achieve.

But all in due time friends and see you in the next post.