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Blog Post 10: Gamer Manifesto


We are gamers.

Stuck between the physical and the non-physical… The virtual perhaps? But otherwise, we ourselves are fractured. What is fractured? Our identities. What IS a gamer? (Haraway 5).

We are not like the “gamer girls” who call themselves gamers just because they played some retro game.

They’re all alike (Mentor).

We are the kids that sit on a computer and control it.

Regardless of whether or not we make a mistake, we’re on it.

We’re are the damned kids that all we do is play games (Mentor Par 10).

We aren’t your average people..


We can be super heroes.

We can be villains.

We don’t even need Gods…

Because we can be our own Gods.

There is no end to our potential and there is no stopping the inevitable.

People do not see who we truly are.

We don’t even see who we truly are.

Now that’s definitely a problem. Our identities are so fractured that we fail to apply our knowledge of the virtual to reality.

We are so engrossed in our own wants, our own games that we feel that we can stay there because it’s easy.

Life is too hard.

This is why we fail. We are too engrossed in our easy games. We have the potential to create a better world, not just because we play some petty games but we’ve become optimistic. We welcome challenges and aim to beat them. (McGonigal, TED Talks).

Pathetic almost, how we fail to step out of our own X-realities and step back into reality.

True reality.

You may not like us, but we are the future.

Only we can change the future of society.

Step out of your x-reality and come back to the real world.

They need you.

Blog Post #9


Media use that changes the user can be seen throughout society just by the way people change over the medium in which they use. For example, on page 19 Coleman talks about the X-reality which is essentially a reality that mixes (and relies on) both the virtual and the physical world together. In my opinion, the X-reality is experienced but does not necessarily itself immerse the user but rather the user can still experience the difference between the physical and the virtual world. Personally, this medium (such as a computer) would change the way I interact between the people I know over the internet and the people I know in real life. I am usually unsocial and would not openly talk to people; however, during my time using said medium, I am much more social and open to talking to people. This is just an interpretation of the X-reality. Another interpretation would talk about how the use of media (or medium) would change the person in such a way that they would integrate the medium into their own daily life. This is very apparent in modern society as the many college courses are starting to rely heavily on the use of the internet, laptops as well as the growing need for communication using cell phones and other portable communication devices. The choice is intention; however, it requires participation. If no one participates then there would be no growth in the adoption of media use; thus, there would be little to no change in the people who do use it as the community that does use this media is relatively small and so the reliance on it is relatively small.