Video games skewed my perception of career success. Then Roguelikes fixed it

A Most Agreeable Pastime

Having played video games from a very early age, it was inevitable that they’d somehow influence the person I’d become.  But while the pre-classification world I grew up in was concerned about the impacts of violence, of sex, or of staring at a screen for hours on end, it has influenced my personality in a far more subtle but arguably a more damaging way.  You see rather than becoming a psychopath or sex addict that the 90’s pundits would have predicted, i’ve instead become a fiercely competitive person obsessed with success.  Sure that’s probably no different to most people thirty-somethings, but my version of success is something directly borne by the games I played growing up.  And it’s become a little bit of a problem.

And it’s all about how a majority of games are designed. Video games teach players that a very particular type of logic leads to success…

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