An avid gamer finds a potential getaway from the trials and tribulations that make up life in Dhaka.
Bangladeshis, especially Dhakaites share an exceptional bond with frustration, anger, rage and any type of emotion on that line. If it sounds like a highly generalised and/or exaggerated statement then just think about the road traffic situation for a second. From a peon to the CEO, more or less every one can relate to that. Just imagine a trip from Uttara to Motijheel – does that in any way make you feel slightly irritated? Then imagine the same trip on a bus, a local bus, and you should smell a bit of anger. If you don’t, then let me help you imagine.
A frustrating situation
The bus is stuck in healthy dose of traffic for God knows how long and inside there no space to move a muscle. You are sweating like anything and if you are not someone else is and it is all over you. Then every time someone decides get off or get in others are forced to choose some form of acrobatic stance to make some room still cannot avoid the shoving, pushing and often getting wiped a bit of unwanted fluid in your face. By the way, do not forget to add a generous amount of dust, haggling over right fare and uncertainty. You have got the perfect recipe to turn Dr. Jekyll in to Mr. Hyde.
This is just one of probably hundreds of major or minor issues people face every day at marketplaces, roads, offices and even at home. There are plenty to make any one’s blood boil by the end of the day and lose their temper at any moment – even if it is over silly issue. In last two years, since I came back to Bangladesh, I have heard and observed thousand of situations where people vented out their anger inappropriately further distressing others. What if I told, there is way to calm yourself by venting out all your rage without harming any living being? And I am not talking about yoga or meditation.
I invite you to escape to the virtual world and indulge in video games violence. No matter how radical and laughable it may sound but it seriously is effective. So far you have only read ‘anti-video games violence’ stories but nowadays researchers are backing this up. And it sounds right like the Bangla proverb, “Kata diye Kata tula”, using a thorn to pick a thorn.
In recent years, with the massive growth of gaming industry, debate over the relationship between aggressive behaviour and violent games has been initiated. Games such as Grand Theft Auto, God of War, Gears of War, Mortal Kombat, Burnout among many others has been highly criticised blood and gore. Nonetheless, they are known to be a great stress reliever as you smash buttons on the controller while beating the hell out of a virtual character, destroying cars on road rage or devastating hordes of enemies.
As a gamer I also feel that how we look at games and define violence needs to be changed. Nowadays you do not need specialised equipments to enjoy games if you have a Smartphone or even on facebook. If you want to be critical then even highly popular Angry Bird or Fruit Ninja can be considered violent. Just imagine someone throwing kamikaze bird or slicing up fruits like a maniac. The only difference is that these are more cartoonish hence looks innocent.
Reality is the key here. Games are getting more real every day, not only the visuals but also conceptually. Many games already have moral system in place which punishes or rewards for bad or good acts. It blurs the difference between fantasy and reality. It allows a player to enter and control a fantasy world to act out scenarios he or she otherwise wouldn’t. At least for a few hours you can forget your hectic life and be any one from soldier, mage, mafia boss, reckless or race car driver.
What researchers argue
However, researchers do not cross out negative point altogether and some aspects need to be moderated. No one denied the possibility of adverse consequences of gaming rather felt more research needs to be done on this. But, one thing need to be clarified that each game contains a rating and/or age requirements for violent games. They are there for a reason should be. Researchers found no evidence that mature and sane adult is likely to go on rampage shooting people and wreaking cars as consequence of playing such games.
Moreover, some argued that if it is said that ‘anti-social’ games can make children unsocial then ‘pro-social’ game can make you social. It does not always need to be violent but sports or dance games on kinect can also be a great stress reliever and very entertaining. Many researches have already proven that certain games help improve teamwork, coordination and concentration. Very much like any sports but again we lack such facilities.
Beside, critics who blame games should also be asked what they watch on television. Channels available in Bangladesh seem to be full of raunchy Hindi item songs, mindless action sequences and twisted tales on serials that is more likely to agitate you. Worst part is they are unavoidable and I would rather resort to pixelated violence, which unnecessarily more stigmatized than others, to vent out some of that agitation.
As a word of caution, this highly opinionated article is a mixture of rant and personal experiences. It is not to be taken too seriously and intended to be taken with a pinch of salt. Nonetheless, those willing to give it a try might find it immensely satisfying and very addictive.
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