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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Facebook’s Meta is the opposite of the pleasant RPG-like experience people seek.

Mark Zuckerberg makes me cringe.

So as I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Facebook announced something known as the metaverse. A scaled down virtual reality world.

Here’s the keynote if you wanna know more:

So lets jump right in. I think this idea is fundamentally flawed on a few levels:

  • Power Grid: The idea of investing your life into a virtual reality in a world as unstable as this is a foolhardy endeavor. It literally takes one major outage/fire and you’re efforts are wasted. It’s one thing if we were in a utopia type situation but there is literal resource scarcity right now and this is supposed to be an effective use of those resources?
  • Facebook in charge?: I wouldn’t trust that company to do the right thing if everyone’s lives depended on it. They can also likely seize your account/credits if they so choose – why give them that much power?
  • Greater invasion of privacy: Now they will know how you move around, how your behavior works, how awkward you likely are and more. They already know so much, why give them more? That’s your info they made $29B in profits off of.
  • WFH for all?: Yo, this pandemic has taught me one thing and its that flexible arrangements are the way to go- a combo of WFH and office. I don’t want to be at home plugged in 8H a day only interacting with people through the metaverse.
  • Technology: Yeah sure we can have all the humanoid style people we want, but just to properly render an eye it takes 30K resolution and we don’t even have that tech let alone at an affordable price. This is maybe 10-20 years off before its ever fully realized. This will give people massive headaches/nausea if they are in it for 5H a day. It’s too soon.

All in all, I think it will be heavily rejected by the market unless Facebook truly creates some killer solution that solves major issues.

I want to take a moment to get into the philosophical aspect of why this doesn’t work and why virtual reality will have a hard time taking off (unless certain factors like climate change come into play).

What do people actually hope for in their RPG experiences?

I think it’s a sense of freedom & progression. It represents new worlds and new beginnings that aren’t bogged down by reality.

There’s just one problem though…it’s not real progression!

It’s very easy to justify progression in a video game because real life doesn’t buy into it as often, forcing you to invest in your current reality as much as your virtual one. There is clear separation between what is real progression IRL vs what’s inside a game. If the metaverse concept takes off – than “real life” progression is tied to what’s inside of a boring VR game?

If IRL life becomes a VR Game , then worth of a human life for the vast majority is relatively “meaningless” in the objective sense as you aren’t accruing material skills/land/etc. Personally you may feel different but you won’t be able to shake the feeling that you aren’t actually doing anything. That cognitive dissonance for a good number of people will always remain and that’s a problem when you could be investing in alternate future for yourself.

The only scenario where I think a takeover is viable is an apocalyptic mad max type scenario where the real world is so bleak that even the slightest reprieve is worth it to most.

Who would really be progressing if not for mark zuckerburg / elites who profit and live in the real world while the rest of the world is earning facebook points living in digital mansions while actually crammed in a 1 bedroom studio apartment?

Anything short of some matrix level tech – you can’t even learn interesting physical skills in the metaverse so lets say you bought a mansion and had your friends visit – you guys can’t go horseback riding, play real bowling, or any of these things. Just kiddie air acting versions – dilution of the human energy at its finest. You aren’t truly enjoying an opera – you’re enjoying a virtual representation of an opera – a ghost, a shadow of the real thing.

This is why I’m developing RPG Philosophy. I wanna pull a reverse-Meta and make real life as engaging as the virtual one. By pulling elements of VR/RPG’s out rather than putting ourselves in – then we are truly living & progressing again in a shared absolute reality that is not fickle to the whims of power / electricity.

People in power would obviously prefer everyone huddled in their bedrooms earning capital for them online – but YOU have to take back that autonomy, they will not relinquish it.

Make your life into the RPG and play the game for the rest of your life. Am I rambling-100%. But who cares , at least I’m writing consistently again 😀

Till the next one, I got lots more coming.

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.