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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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    Feb 1 2012: EVERQUEST:

    In 7th grade I started playing in January 2000 and didn't quit until 2005. I am 25.

    This game is a fantasy MMORPG game.

    Immediately my vocabulary increased, a lot. The game content did this not the PCs.

    Started educating myself how to build computers to run games faster leading to a interest in science and technology. Again no one helped me (except forums).

    Throughout high school my twin brother got in so much bad trouble it was deafening, I however got in no trouble.

    Adventuring frightened me a lot and had me on edge whenever I traveled to unknown locations (sometimes dying, one time losing my corpse and everything on it) but afterwards having the knowledge and experience to then help people know what I know and grouping with them to help me and them was well worth the sweat and adrenaline, not to mention the anger and beat-in keyboards.

    Everquest has taught me a lot looking back over the years, particularly at a very young age, but if I would have to tell you one thing this game has taught me more than anything it is you have to group with different types of people in different environments, some times, to have a really good time and the same applies outside.

    I have been catching up outside since 05 going off to college in Colorado and doing everything there is and I've only hit the 1% mark so keep adventuring wherever and whenever!

    Safe Sailing,

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      Feb 1 2012: "...you have to group with different types of people in different environments sometimes to have a really good time..." I agree! It feels great to venture into new fun communities, especially when they are full of good people (like TED Talks website!).

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