How to Win the Video Game of Life

By | February 8, 2014

Oliver Emberton’s “Life is a Game” is amusing, but I haven’t decided if it’s anything more than that.  Perhaps it’s profound in some way, like a Gen X/Y/Millennial take on Shakespeare’s life is a stage….  I don’t know, and as is the implication, don’t allocate resources on things that don’t demand it.

In any case, life is video games.  Not one video game, but many different video games.  And every situation requires a different strategy to win.

At times, life is Grand Theft Auto or Assassin’s Creed after pissing off the police or guards.  You gotta run, run, run and find a hole to hide in.  Fight and you’re dead.  There’s no way to win.

Other times, life is World of Tanks.  Find a good shrub to hide behind, wait for an opportunity and then strike with everything you got.

Life is Zelda (Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, et al): hone in on a target and hit it repeatedly until it breaks.  Also, adapt, change into a fish or a beast or whatever to survive and succeed.

Life is an FPS: move and fire at moving targets.  Reload quickly and keep firing.  Find a good spot on the map and exploit it.

Life is an RTS: create, adapt, group, attack, and do it again, and do it again faster.

Life is a war game: find a weakness in the enemy lines and wedge a hole in it, and then pour your troops into that hole making it bigger until the entire line breaks.

Life is Total War: when charged by heavy cavalry (guys faster and stronger than you), dig your pikes and point it at them.  Stay in formation, watch your 6 and protect your friends.

Life is a Game.  All of them.  RTS, FPS, Role-Play, MMORPG, even a MOBA.  Learn to play all well.  Learn to adapt.  Learn the million-different buttons and keep on pushing them!

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