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I've had a few in my life. The most recent one for me has been Persona 5. It's weird because it inspires me to stay consistent with workouts, be more kind in general, and eat healthier. I always ask myself "what would the phantom thieves do?" There's just something about a group of highschool kids getting their shit together that inspires me I guess.

Lame I know. But let me hear your stories!

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Re: Have you ever been inspired by a video game to better your life?
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2020, 09:49:19 am »
I've had a few in my life. The most recent one for me has been Persona 5. It's weird because it inspires me to stay consistent with workouts, be more kind in general, and eat healthier. I always ask myself "what would the phantom thieves do?" There's just something about a group of highschool kids getting their shit together that inspires me I guess.

Lame I know. But let me hear your stories!

It may sound silly and even embarrassing to myself confessing this, but... to me, it was Earthbound. When I played it on my late teenage years, coming from a extremely over-protective family that never let me take risks and do things on my own, I was afraid of common things such as getting on a train and go to a nearby town and things like that (I always thought that I'd end up getting lost and my parents would have to come to my rescue saying "see? We told you...").

Seeing such little kids on that game going all alone on themselves, doing "adult" things like getting on public transportation unsupervised, going alone to other cities and even traveling the whole world, etc, encouraged me to start losing all those fears and insecurity and start "growing a pair" as it's commonly said. I've never stopped being kind of insecure and fearful whenever I have to confront unknown situations, but that game surely helped me cut down my anxiety against the unknown and taking more risks  :)

Oh, another thing I'd like to add. Rather than games, it's a thing I've learnt from the romhacking community. I've learned to be reeeeeeaaaally patient and to manage my frustration whenever one's hyped for a translation that ends up never being released, etc. It was what encouraged me to start learning Japanese so as not having to rely as much on the work of other people which is not under my control.
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Re: Have you ever been inspired by a video game to better your life?
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2020, 09:54:41 am »
Does having hacking and playing games be some extra motivation for doing more learning electronics, engineering and computers count? I would have learned all that anyway but having computer games be an example or things to test with when I got bored of dry textbooks for the moment probably sped things up a bit more than had it just been books and traditional means of expression of those*.

*today I am about the doing of those as well, however at the same time I have no fondness for vehicles, engines or the like. Find me a broken piece of something and want a new version made though and I am there until it is done.

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Re: Have you ever been inspired by a video game to better your life?
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2020, 12:56:36 pm »
Unironically, yes.
And that game, for me, has to be the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. trilogy. I played it a lot because I love the atmosphere, the setting, the characters... until I realised that the latter are not superheroes, they're not well trained special forces operators, they're not olympic sportsmen, but they're regular people pushed into a difficult situation, where they have to rely on their wits and physical abilities to survive and maybe prosper.
I do "prosper" at my level with a job that doesn't pay badly (I'm still no Bill Gates, but I don't count pennies at the end of the month anymore), but could I survive in something else than my comfy job or in my apartment? Hell no.
So, I figured that I should, too, be able to push my own weight for more than a couple hundred meters if needed, tobe in a better physical shape in general (working from home in a city where there isn't much to do doesn't really help), and that's how I started doing some basic workout such as cycling instead of using public transportation, and swimming. And then came the coronavirus and the lockdown, but that's another story...

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Re: Have you ever been inspired by a video game to better your life?
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2020, 05:30:19 pm »
Tidying up my house and town in Animal Crossing: New Leaf inspired a desire to tidy up my own apartment. But it was fleeting.
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Re: Have you ever been inspired by a video game to better your life?
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2020, 07:52:36 am »
It's hard to answer, maybe not directly, but sometimes unconciously some real-life situation happened to be similar to a video game situation, and we knew how to react by this "experience".

Does having hacking and playing games be some extra motivation for doing more learning electronics, engineering and computers count? I would have learned all that anyway but having computer games be an example or things to test with when I got bored of dry textbooks for the moment probably sped things up a bit more than had it just been books and traditional means of expression of those*.
Same for me !
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2020, 11:19:22 pm »
Indirectly, yes. I played a MMORPG for a few years during a difficult time in my life. My job industry was in the midst of a downturn, and my income was cut in half. The game became a way to escape the unpleasantness of my situation, and it was free to play. But the community had become toxic over the years. So many hostile and bitter folks who would post hateful things, or talk endlessly about all the foolish things they had done while drunk and/or on drugs. It dawned on me that most of us would've been better off trying to improve our situation in the real world instead of spending our time and intelligence goofing around in some game world. After awhile, it seemed like I could feel everyone's shame and disappointment, as if we all knew at some level we were capable of much more in life and were letting ourselves down, repeatedly showing up to play this game. But it was so fun!

I quit the game and started volunteering in the community as a math and English tutor. What a world of difference, using my time and skill to help others and connect with something outside of myself, that was more important than just my own entertainment. I studied hard and bootstrapped into a new profession. That ended up being a bust, but I jumped into another field and have been doing better since. The important thing is that I took action in a time when at least part of me would have preferred to play the game forever and not deal with hard decisions in the real world.

I am ambivalent about games to this day. They can be wonderful, but they also short-circuit the rewarding feeling we get from making progress, which can prevent us from making progress in the real world. Maybe it's not like that for everyone, but I have seen it be that way for many people, including a few friends and me.

In the game of Go, there is a strategy aphorism: "Don't go fishing while your house is on fire." This was a hard lesson for me that came from video games.

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Re: Have you ever been inspired by a video game to better your life?
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2020, 08:04:38 am »
I got divorced in 2010, and I sank into a really bad depression, which brought with it a lot of "ancillary features" (But I prefer not to discuss them). Anyway, I began drinking heavily, and this was of course unhelpful, however, I also began playing Final Fantasy VI, a lot. This led me to romhacking.net (since I wanted to replay the Sky Render translation), and as I read through the forums in what could definitely be called a questionable state of mind, I happened upon a thought: "I don't feel like this extremely active debate about 'what is faithful' to the original text really carries any weight. If you weren't hired by Squaresoft to translate FF6, then good faith has not been officially established. Nothing can stop me from just editing the text to suit my own writing style, should I so choose."

Therefore, since I had time, felt like garbage, and needed something to keep my snoot out of the bottle, I took up romhacking. The result was "Final Fantasy VI: Stand Guard," my first outing on RHDN.

So technically it didn't inspire me to better my life, but kept me from utterly destroying it. Things have steadily become worse as the years have continued wearing on, but I always remember that, if I drink myself into unconsciousness, I will have that much less time to play games, and also won't be as good at them and (in certain cases) even remember the time I spent playing them. So video games, then, serve as a sort of counter-balance to my more self-destructive tendencies.

You ain't gonna hit nothing in Doom if you can't see the screen, after all. :)
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Re: Have you ever been inspired by a video game to better your life?
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2020, 07:59:55 am »
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City really got me thinking about real estate. You reach a point in the game where you can just joyride from one of your properties to the next, collecting income. It's basically the same message as Rich Dad, Poor Dad, a famous book about wealth. The idea is to accumulate income-producing assets, instead of having a paycheck and buying objects.

Can't say I've figured out how to do that yet, but the game and the book make clear that it's how you can cease to do other people's bidding.

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Re: Have you ever been inspired by a video game to better your life?
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2020, 12:26:07 am »
Does "all the steam games I couldn't run on my NUC convinced me to splurge and get a real desktop" count?

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Re: Have you ever been inspired by a video game to better your life?
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2020, 04:08:06 pm »
Carmageddon motivated me to finally take the driver's license...! ;P
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« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2020, 01:02:58 pm »
That reminds me, in another nod to Grand Theft Auto, I practiced driving the delivery trucks in GTA 3 to prepare for my truck driving test in real life. It was very helpful! It gives a pretty good feel for the turning radius, center of gravity, overhang, and backing up. If it had just included a trailer hitch, it would have been perfect.

I passed the test and felt much less nervous than the other folks.

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Re: Have you ever been inspired by a video game to better your life?
« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2020, 04:14:54 pm »
There's a lot of games that inspired me but Rule of Rose's probably the most important of the bunch. I liked it so much I wrote my own french translation on my free time and dropped my specialised educator job to start a multidisciplinary bachelor in literature and aesthetics and PhD in catholic theology sometime after. Seriously, I could never imagine that Rule of Rose would change my life that much when I brought it in 2006. I remember the game was panned when it released but it slowly gained a cult following with the rise of more « artsy » games.
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Re: Have you ever been inspired by a video game to better your life?
« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2020, 07:59:48 pm »
Numerous times. Can't really recall any in detail. Maybe something Hurdy and Gurdy said in FF: Crystal Chronicles.

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« Reply #14 on: August 08, 2020, 12:38:16 pm »
only with Max Payne, just remember how beatiful he was in first and how...and how he looked in a 3rd  :laugh:
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Re: Have you ever been inspired by a video game to better your life?
« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2020, 07:22:19 am »
Recently BOTW has got me out of depression. I thought Doom was insane, but the levels are repetitive and it will most likely just lead to nightmares.
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Re: Have you ever been inspired by a video game to better your life?
« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2020, 11:29:10 am »
I think there's no special game that I would mention however RPGs for the SNES in general. In most of them you get to understand that friendship is a very important thing and that in this world there's no place for evil (or maybe just a little little bit ...). Besides you mostly learn to be a good person e. g. when you help other NPCs in sidequests by finding some stuff for them, bringing them healing or just hit some bad guys or monsters. But pretty often the main aspect is that violence is no solution at all! Sometimes it might be justified but these moments should be very rare. I wish we had the power to convince also others that the world can't be ruled with force, hatred and egoism. But current international sensations let my hope fade away ... *sigh*

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Re: Have you ever been inspired by a video game to better your life?
« Reply #17 on: August 19, 2020, 10:49:07 pm »
The Stanley Parable convinced me to spend a little less time on playing video games. Fallout has kept me inspired to be prepared at least a little, for disasters small or apocalyptic. I've had a bug out bag always set for about 15 years now.

You reach a point in the game where you can just joyride from one of your properties to the next, collecting income. It's basically the same message as Rich Dad, Poor Dad, a famous book about wealth. The idea is to accumulate income-producing assets, instead of having a paycheck and buying objects.
It is a valid way to generate wealth, but it does assume that you not only have enough working capital, but that you are investing in an area with enough demand for housing / offices / retail locations etc. AND you are able to keep expenses down (ex. lawyers, maintenance, etc.).

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Re: Have you ever been inspired by a video game to better your life?
« Reply #18 on: August 23, 2020, 08:38:21 pm »
Not in the slightest. Video games are up there with alcohol and cigarettes; bad for you, but boy do I like them.

I suppose they could have some temporary use in coping with inescapable, terrible situations, but that's the limit of their utility.

The worst effects of gaming are societal. People who would have studied and categorized obscure species of butterflies, discovered fungi that can be used to increase farming output, or optimized scalable manufacturing techniques now tinker with and play video games until they die. Hence why we have tens of thousands of new mobile games every year, but the price of essential goods only goes up - there are other factors, of course, but "video game brain drain" is one of them.

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There was this guy at GSHI named Ugetab, who died about a decade ago. He made tens of thousands of codes for hundreds of games, and when he died his mom made an account on the forums to try to understand what her son did with his life, to help herself feel that he didn't waste his life and that she hadn't failed as a mother. The community was as welcoming as they could be in the circumstances, but I don't think she ever posted more than in one thread a few times.

That's why gaming is just temporary for me until circumstances beyond my control change to allow me to be more productive towards my IRL goals. I don't want my mom to look at decades of sitting in front of a computer playing with kid's toys and cry in despair that she wasn't harder on me, or sit in realization that she will never have grandkids and her entire lineage was annihilated because I lived the life of a 160 pound toddler and she didn't stop me.
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« Reply #19 on: August 24, 2020, 10:49:45 am »
suure, outside circumstances make your life soo miserable, and you poor thing have no choice but to escape into drugs and rock'n'roll, and all sorts of nasty stuff like video games, so you can finally forget your terrible existential pain. bad, evil circumstances don't allow you to become a productive member of society so you could produce precious GDP to further the advancement of humanity by breeding fungi or categorising butterflies. shame on these awful outside circumstances that oppress you so you have to waste the best years of your life playing these stupid games, instead of becoming a corporate drone, a marketer, a lawyer, or even a politician, the epitome of productivity. surely you deserve more, and if only the world knew your true worth, things would be soo different. as is, you're a victim of circumstances beyond your control, like a speck of dust caught in a tornado. moreover, it's not just your problem, no no sir. we're all in grave danger, because these evil video games perform genocide on the humanity by annihilating whole bloodlines. they also shot your dog, made unwanted advances towards your imaginary better half, and scammed your poor old granny out of her life savings. oh and this painful rash on your underside? that's because of video games too!

cool story bro, i almost shed a tear. i'd look into a career as a yt influencer if i were you.