I often credit video games with my sometimes shrewd analysis of real world activities. I may not be the most brilliant person in the world, but I have a decent amount of common sense, and I am more than grateful for that. I feel like games have only ever helped me in that regard. Through all the games I’ve played, I’ve learned to approach different situations in sometimes bizarre, but effective, ways.
This week, as I’ve been playing through Dishonored 2, I realized something: it’s making me think about real world encounters more tactically.
Allow me to digress a bit.
I am very safety conscious. To a bit of a ridiculous degree.
I am a person who is always assessing my environment. When I get on a plane, I am counting how many rows in front or behind me the exit row is, and how many people would have to get to it before I safely could. When I’m in a large public place, my brain immediately pays attention to exits. I am always on the alert should anything go awry.
After an incident in the news a few years back, I figured out what I would do were someone to open fire at the gym. The approach to that situation varies wildly based on where you are and what you have access to.
I always carry a flashlight on my keychain should power go out unexpectedly. If I am going somewhere like Disneyland, I make sure I have a solar-powered, hand-crank flashlight clipped to my bag.
I keep an extra set of contacts in my purse as well as anything I might need in case of an emergency.
It would be an understatement to say I am big on safety.
I am not only big on safety for myself, but for those around me. I have trained our pup with specific commands should his leash ever break and he is loose. We live near a busy street and I don’t want to take any chances.
Back to Dishonored 2.
I don’t usually go in for stealth games. In video games, I love to rush in, guns blazing, and just go bonkers. This is more than a little ironic given how much I am not a fan of guns or violence in reality, but there you have it. I suppose when I’m shooting a ridiculous gun at an enemy that is half spider, half ant, it’s hard to take it seriously.
In Dishonored 2, I am finding the stealth to be less forgiving than its predecessor, which isn’t saying much because I was lousy at stealth in the first game, too. I have been approaching levels with far more caution in the sequel and because of that, I currently find myself thinking about if I had to be tactical in reality, how I would do it, and how I would go about the safest possible route somewhere.
This is fascinating to me.
Statistically, I will probably never (thankfully) encounter a violently negative situation. I am grateful for this.
If something awful were ever to occur, I’d like to think that all my time playing stealth games (and games in general) would help me to quickly assess the safest possible route for myself and others. I like that games get me to think about productive things, safety being one of them.
Do you think games have ever benefit you in a real-world way? If so, how? I’m quite curious to know how others look at the practical benefit of games.