Reflections on a Hostile Situation
We live in a world where happiness and sadness can sit right beside each other, but be completely different in scale to a person. One person may be having a great day because they know that they are going on vacation tomorrow, while another person may be having a terrible day because they’re house is getting foreclosed on. One may be ecstatic because they just won the lottery, while another may be depressed because their boss was mad at them for falling behind on a project. These are just a few examples of the extremes of the world we live in. Some, however, may take it too far, which we witnessed over the course of this past day.
Whenever I feel like I’m having a bad day, it honestly isn’t anything compared to the days that some people in our world have. Some people live in impoverished areas, some people have cancer, some people don’t have access to clean drinking water. These are all things that many people take for granted without even knowing it, and to be fair, they aren’t to blame. Those who have money tend to want to spend it on things that will better their own lifestyle. That isn’t meant to be a generalization, as there are some who don’t, and again, they are allowed and deserve some of it, but there are many who don’t get such luxuries in their lives.
I feel weird today, knowing that I read a journalism website for video games, and see the drama of a game being delayed another few months, and finding people who think it is the worst thing in the world. I feel somewhat selfish to think that I find how good a video game is to be more important to me than the political state of my country, and that is not to say that I don’t care about my country or it’s politics, but rather, I am more or less indifferent to it because of how broken it is. And, as we’ve seen, the political state of our world is what puts us in to so many of the situations that we find ourselves thrust in to.
In video games specifically, we joke about war, and killing and death seems to be a nearly constant theme in a lot of our games. Often, we play these games without even thinking twice, because we are coming for the gameplay or the challenge, not thinking about the implications that our actions would have were this the real world. To be clear, there are a lot of video games which don’t revolve around violence, such as the amazing Cook, Serve, Delicious!. In addition, people shouldn’t necessarily feel guilty for playing these games with this violence, as they dominate the industry at the moment.
The industry that I currently work in tends to focus more on the monetary aspect of things, weighing how much it would cost to update their hardware and how much impact it would have for their future business. It’s something that most of us work in, so it isn’t fair to single them out alone. In addition, it would be impossible to have the idea that everyone should work in the non-profit industries, because we wouldn’t move forward as a society in that way either. However, I do wish that more people looked outside of what makes things better specifically for them, and looks to things that could also help better our race as a whole.
Over the past two months, I have donated almost $3,000 of my own money to charities, just because I felt like it was the right thing to do. It is money that I could have spent upgrading the hardware that I am using sot hat I can better work on the projects that I work on, but I didn’t. For most people, donating this amount of money in such a short timespan would be ridiculous and illogical, so holding people to that kind of standard is impossible. But it is my little bit that I try and give back to the world and to the people who can’t afford what I can, or who aren’t able to live the lives that they want to.
My current main project, PlayerWon, isn’t meant to necessarily change the world, or change the way that you look at it. It is meant to entertain and bring a slight amount of happiness to your life, in a world where we can get very negative very easily. We have even done charity streams for the purpose of introducing the idea of donating for people who are less fortunate than us, and so far, they have gone decently well. If I could find a way to bring my programming, whether live or otherwise, to people who can’t afford to have a steady Internet connection, would be a dream come true, as it might brighten someone’s day for even just an hour.
What is the point of all of this? To have you sit down and reflect on things. A lot of people purposely don’t watch the news or pay attention to current events because it brings them down, and they would rather concentrate on the positive aspects of life, like that music festival coming up next year. You are allowed to be happy and do things that you enjoy, but there are people out there who would rather tear it all down. How can we work to make it so the world is a better place for our future kin to be safe and happy in? I definitely don’t have all of the answers, but it is also obvious that what we have now isn’t entirely working for everyone.
Is there a way to make everyone happy? With oligarchy governments making decisions for it’s people, there is a very low chance of that. But if everyone had equal rights and was able to enjoy the same opportunities and luxuries as others, we might have a chance. In the meantime, I will continue to create digital content that people can enjoy cheaply or freely, that can help make ones life just a little more positive. Eventually, I plan on branching out to even more exciting possibilities, and I hope you consider what we are, and what we can do moving forward, to help others to experience the joy that we can.