The Beautiful Game 2
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“You use a lot of game terminology.“
“Games will always be a part of me.
Video games have been a consuming passion and an addiction for many years. And I mean over twenty years. However, I managed to turn this obstacle upside down.
I turned my weakness into strength.
This is one of the most important accomplishments on my Journey so far.“
“How did you do it?“
“I turned games into a deep source of Meaning. Two values are most central to my life: Love and Play. Games are an expression of them both.
I gave up video games [<link; short read], to make more room for my Art [<link; very short read]. But I realized their memory is a beautiful Resource. More specifically, they are a rich metaphoric system, a deep source of strategies and tools.
For instance, there’s a type of games I used to love called RPGs (Role Playing Games). Every RPG is essentially a virtual Hero’s Journey. You play a virtual character, on a virtual transformative Quest, overcoming virtual obstacles, and developing virtual skills and abilities along the way. The problem (I now see) with it is that it’s all virtual.
I gave up video games, but I’ve turned my whole life into a Game.
I call it The Beautiful Game. And the Game is essentially an RPG. I see myself engaged in a real Hero’s Journey. I play myself, on a real transformative Quest, overcoming real obstacles, and developing real skills and abilities along the way.
This is a very powerful metaphor for me because it draws Meaning from my personal experiences.“
“If you were to pick a theme song for your Game, what would it be?“
“The piano theme of the game Hero Quest.“