Virtuality Drills

How does one reinforce the concept of virtuality (a term used to denote the illusionary nature of reality) within their thoughts, thus making unreality their default understanding of the world? Well how do we reinforce anything? Practice, practice, practice of course. We drill until it becomes second nature. So the question becomes, how do we […]

Induced Fright

I’m using the virtual-world of Minecraft as a metaphor for the real-world again. How would an efficient programmer design a simple yet captivating virtual world? By inducing a constant state of high anxiety within the player. Using Minecraft as an example, my emotions are most invested when I’m in survival-mode with the normal difficulty setting […]

Linear Accomplishment

Is accomplishment linear? For instance, if I want to build a house in Minecraft, I simply select the appropriate tool, gather the right resources, choose a building location, place each block according to plan, and voila — done. But the real-world seems more indirect than this, like there’s a haze of uncertainty all along the […]

More Metaphorical Musings

I’m using the virtual-world of Minecraft as a metaphor for the real-world again. If I feel as though my personal difficulty-level is set to survival-mode with enemies on, is that valid? Or am I just paranoid and overly sensitive? Let’s investigate. I’ve never really been in a tough physical situation. I’ve certainly imagined horrible scenarios, […]