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Which video game has challenged your perspective on the way you live your life and how?

The video game I credit is a role playing game called Final Fantasy 7.

The conflict of the game begins immediately. As you play the story unfolds and you learn of a corporation that is extracting 'Mako Energy' from the planet by means of giant reactors. This 'Mako Energy' is then converted into electricity that is used in the city surrounding the reactors. It is a lucrative business. As a player, you begin the game with your character being directly involved in a vigilante terrorist group; a group whose goal is to destroy these 'Mako Reactors'.
Though the character you play cares little for the goals of his group (your character's main interest is making money), you continue to be involved in these vigilante missions. As time progresses in the game (meaning you complete more story-line) your character learns that 'Mako Energy' is found in all of the creatures and plants that inhabit the game's world. When a life ends this 'Mako Energy' flows back into the planet. It is then recycled by the planet and used to create new life. You understand that the extraction of 'Mako Energy' will result in the disabling of the planet's ability to support new life, and it also means that the planet is itself a living thing (as a player you can visit a place in the game and hear the planet itself making painful noises). You learn that the corporation's president is aware of these facts and is yet still planning to progress with the extraction of 'Mako Energy'.

How did this challenge my perspective?

Growing up I had been exposed to many different ideas of accountability but only at the age of 12, with the help of this compelling story, did I seriously contemplate my role in society. I wondered what kind of character I was, and what kind of character I would like to be. The story made it clear that those who act from a source of greed were ostracized from a moral society. I decided that indifference towards suffering cannot be hidden and that greed will never be satisfied.


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  • Jan 27 2012: If I must single out one game I must choose Bioshock(1-2). These games completly changed my perspective of Utopia. It is a perfect example to what happen when you try to build a homogeneous society. And While playing bioshock 2 you can collect some audiotapes listen what happened step by step while utopia turned into a dystopia. It can give you a few idea in what situations should governments intervene or not. It also make think about basic human psychology and parent-child reletionship.
    Also I must mention sometimes not the games but some musics can change how think. For example The Boneyard music from CoD:MW2 was magnificant like Temple of Light from Fable: The Lost Chapter. Most of the people ( and unfortunately some of the players) ignore music of games but they can be quite powerful, arguable perhaps as good as Mozart or Beethoven.
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      Jan 28 2012: I have a lot of game soundtracks on my playlist mixed in with Mozart and Beethoven, no joke. There are some orchestrated symphony versions of game music from Final Fantasy and Zelda games.

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