Alrighty, time for another serious post (is that even possible from me? xD). I allow people to think as they will while conducting my own "studies" which may seem "erratic" at times but have been effective in my understanding of people. True I'm only 19, but a life not spent pondering is not a life worth living for myself. But after 2 years+ on this game, I believe this game is a huge breeding ground on a psychological level. I'm no psychiatrist and I haven't had any study really in this area. My points are unorganized but they resemble my thoughts. Perhaps this is all "common sense" to most of you reading. Allow me to further explain in detail if I may.
This game tends to either put a person in a very ignorant state or in a more enlightened mood. The mass populace is but a small sample of this world we live in. Everyone knows the fact this is a game. What most won't admit either through sheer ignorance or stubbornness, is that no matter in which way, this game affects your real life. Another thought is, we're NO different then the real world. Listening to so many stories, I start to put together the fact that we come to this game to escape something. Whether it be boredom, a bad marriage, a bad life in general, or even what we would consider a "perfect" life. That much we do have common. I'm still going off this theory I've been observing, whether there is an absolute or not, and so far have only concluded paradoxes.
Whilst observing the mass of the player base, I've found the subjects players tend to instantaneously repulse compared to subjects most tend to relate with. People feel a lot more comfortable when you can relate to them on even the most basic level. This is how damage is dealt on the mind. As a friend told me not too long ago:
"Computer mediate communication is a field of research when a mind reads the text they receive from another, it lacks several things inflection, facial expression body language
so it fills it in best as it can sometimes to incorrect conclusions, this is the obvious thing
when a person meets someone through a paradigm of viewing them positively
they often form incorrect idealizations of the person in their head
the theory is that the relationship can attain "closeness" faster
but it takes longer to really KNOW the person"
But it leaves so many more questions doesn't it? It feels as though it is both true, but then it isn't. Or perhaps we're more subjective to "mind games" then we'd like to think.
I've had a few talks with friends who saw past my little games of "playing the pervy guy" and we had a long discussion. There's a fair amount of players who have more psychological walls then the rest, that's a given. But it's this sort of...thought process that makes them all the more interesting. We're both alike but different in oh so many ways. I used to be ignorant (still am in many aspects) about thinking I was the only one that tried to learn the other person before they could understand me. It still proves quite effective. But these people tend to be more...fragile I suppose. Or maybe not fragile but hardened. Whichever you prefer. Once someone penetrates that fortress however, you realize how, no matter HOW hard you try, you're still subjective to what is generalized as "Mind f.cking".
Perhaps this is why I find anyone who states an absolute, or "knows everything" so humorous and worth observing. How can you be so sure you know something, or for that fact, anything? How can you be certain what reality is? What many tend to not speak of and perhaps fear, is the mere fact of Subjectivity. Nothing is what it seems but it's all what it appears to be. Of course, one might think of trying to be an Existentialist. If that keeps the sanctuary of your mind intact, then by all means delude yourself with it. But we're all subjective to Subjectivity whether we like it or not. In a sense, we were never in control. But perhaps, the blissful ignorance we live in is what keeps this giant circle of life going.
Sorry for the poor organization but yes, this concludes my concurrent ideology on the subject. Feel free to comment, discuss, or ask any question pertaining to the post. To answer the question that I'm sure one person may be thinking, yes I have some free time this morning. But I didn't formulate this hypothesis in one morning lol There's a reason I can't sleep (and no it's not because I'm thinking about this game).
If you read this all, you have my sincere gratitude.
P.S. - I hope this is in the right section of the forum xD;