Shared Topic – Real life and game life

I know we recently had a topic about what WoW has taught us, but I posted the other day about my real life job affecting my in game persona.

Do you think your real life job affects how you see people/situations in game and do you use the same methods in game you would use at work to diffuse situations? For example are you the type to just boot people/leave guilds because this is a game or would you try and sort it out considering you wouldn’t just fire someone/quit your job if someone/or situation was being nasty?

Here is my topic originally,    which inspired me to post the above topic.

However after reading some others posts about this I wanted to add the following to flesh out this a little bit.  A few of my co-workers called me a geek, they knew I was good with computers and that I liked gizmo’s the fact that I often was looking up geek sites and reading geek magazines etc.  I spoke of many games with poeple and not just WoW, so there was never any obvious addiction there.  I have to explain something though, most of the people I used to work with – barely even know how to turn on a computer – let alone install a program on one.

 I have since left that job I was referring to in my original post, however now that I am taking a short break from work to focus on my studies, I have noticed my attitude towards the game has changed as well.  I am fairly focused on getting things done, just like I need to get my assignments done and my revision done.  I don’t like it when things don’t go to plan- refer to my previous post about the stupid people and LFD….

This all meshes with kind of person I am in real life.  Since I no longer have a job which defines me or a guild which defines me, I am sort of lost both in and out of game and I don’t like that feeling.  I always knew that if I was lost in real life, I could log in and know/remember who i was/am…..When I was the GM of a guild there were many discussions about how to treat people in game, I was on the side of treating them like friends and people I knew in real life, but others I knew, wanted to treat them like avatars and not people they had any connection to.  I wanted to use my relatinship building skills to repair breaches and build a solid foundation, but that was considered pointless by some – I am not saying either method was right, just that there was a massive difference.  I guess it is just interesting to see how other people perceive people in the game and how they treat them.

In the end I think Amaranth sums it up beautifully:

In the end, my Real Life intrudes upon my Game Life, and my Game Life intrudes upon my Real Life. Both, to me, are really just my Life.  


Posted by December 16, 2010 Leave a comment Category: Shared topic Tagged: ,

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