Steve McKeown, a psychoanalyst and founder of The McKeown Clinic, says that playing simulation games such The Sims can be a healthy escape from daily life. McKeown says that when it comes to escaping, playing games can be a better alternative to drug addiction, alcoholism, and gambling.
McKeown told UNILAD tech:
Life Simulation games such as The Sims may replace the reality that we know and live in, when internet speeds become fast enough.
The suggestion that we may spend more time in a virtual world than the physical one has been developing speedily over the years and has fast become a way in which we can live an alternative life in exactly the way we want.
The Sims can allow a person to escape social normality, its pressures and chronic stresses that are so prevalent in the real world, it allows the gamer to create a perfect reality in which they play the main character and have full control over the outcome.
His theory is that immersing ourselves in a The Sims virtual world frees us to explore parts of our personality that we might not know existed.
Our consciousness is very adaptable and allows us to create an opening to different paradigms of reality every time we focus on alternate versions of life through our thoughts.With the assistance of life simulation games such as Sims we can enhance our inner experience.
McKeown believes that without escapism we risk burning out and that one of the reasons we dream is to disconnect from regular life. But game designer Jane McGonigal warns that not all escapism is the same. There is a difference between wanting to learn new skills with self expansion, and running away from negative emotions or life experiences.
McGonigal describes it as:
Everything sucks, so I'm going to go play games, versus, life is better when I have time to play games.
Both agree that the best way to approach game play is as an enjoyable activity, rather than checking out.
Twitter wasn't totally buying it:
After a week of playing Sims, my daughter told me how unsafe fire is and that you have to be careful. She then wanted a bank account.— Ed Burke (@FightTheNazis) February 4, 2018
Play the game of life at your own risk.