Over at the Brainy Gamer, Michael Abbott reflects on how games complicate our visions of personal identity and ask to inquire deeper questions about ourselves.
I’ve begun to understand that I value games because they function as meditations on becoming. When I step back and consider what’s in this for me – why I play games and so eagerly invest myself in them – I believe it’s because they provide authentic expressions of emptiness.
Beyond genre and mechanics, games can illustrate the essential meaning and validity of non-self, and they can provoke reflection on how we construct concepts and systems to make sense of a complicated world.
The whole read is quite good (as is Michael’s entire blog).