I've Had Some Of The Greatest Experiences Of My Life While Gaming

Isn't it kind of sad that to achieve anything in this world, you have to do it virtually? I guess a certain generation of people can't understand this way of thinking. They make me feel small for "wasting" my life doing these things, but it's my life to waste, damn it. No matter what you do, you're basically biding your time before you die. Doesn't really matter one way or another, as far as I'm concerned. I'd rather do things that make my brief visit enjoyable rather than suffering needlessly for made up reasons.

Then I think of people suffering in the world and how some people go out of their way to volunteer, give to charity or help others, and then I feel bad about myself. It's not that I don't care about other people, but. . .well, maybe I'm living in a bubble. Maybe I'm in a fortunate position where I don't have to think about that stuff all the time. I mean, I still do (obviously), but I can't let my life be consumed by things I can't control. Honestly, I'm doing my part by not contributing to the misery of mass population. People need to stop being selfish and having damn kids in this world. There's not enough room for all of them, not enough money to support them, and not enough love to go around. Believe me, I know. In fact, when I think about it, I'm actually one of those aforementioned people suffering in the world. I may not live in a third-world country or suffer from extreme poor conditions, but I still feel the pain of poverty and the longing for something I can't have. I don't live an extraordinate life. I don't go out or spend money excessively. I stay indoors and try to reduce my carbon footprint. That's where the games come in: I can sit and spend an hour or several days in a virtual universe where I can't hurt anyone and nobody can hurt me. How profound.
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EverydayNormalGuy
I was like that in high school too, but people mature as they get older and you'll meet cooler people if you give it a shot:) You have to be willing to take a little risk, curiosity about others goes a long way. Perhaps you can join a gaming meet up or hang out in comic shops and stuff like that where you might meet others who would like to enjoy the games with you in person.
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safetynetxo
The thing about lonely people is that they tend to be loners and hard to meet. I've always had a hard time making friends, even as a kid in school. I don't see that ever happening as a jaded adult, either. Being alone isn't always a choice, especially when it's been thrust upon you your entire life. Anyway, it seems like technology is all about isolating and forcing people apart (if Black Mirror is any indication), so I'm just adapting to the times. It's not that sad, as long as I keep myself continually distracted and don't think about it. ;)

I'll take your literary recommendation into consideration, thanks.
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EverydayNormalGuy
I guess I agree. But the internet is very isolating. It's not the same as sitting with a friend and laughing together, being able to hug and smile. You cant really hug or hold a screen. Long distance relationships are really s****y. Face your fears and talk to the lonely people around you. More to life than reducing your carbon footprint and thoughts swimming in your mind. Intellectualism is great until you realize your life passed you by living in your mind. Technology is just the human beings thinking thoughts are better than organic nature. It's not. Read the short story "the machine stops" by forster.
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