Have you ever had that moment where you are playing or talking video games, and you suddenly can’t tell reality from the virtual world? I certainly have over the years, and instead of making me feel weird or worried, they’ve actually lead to some great laughs that I’d love to share.
Back in the day, I used to be pretty big into World of Warcraft. I played a priest, and a friend of mine ran with a mage, so naturally, water was a necessity to keep your mana up. Turns out, in real life this is also true, but for more than just mana.
While we are grinding for gold taking out many baddies, my friend then says “Let’s go have some water.”. I pause, staring at my screen confused and asked, “Water in Wow? Or in the kitchen?”. He burst out laughing and clarified he meant real world water and not that phony WoW stuff. Of course, I saw the humour in this an couldn’t help but to chuckle a bit myself.
I honestly was stumped by his question. When you are grinding for a few hours, you get absorbed into your games world and the lingo from the game world just naturally gets blurred with reality. So sometimes, it doesn’t hurt to ask what water we are talking about… right?
Another recent example happened on Twitter just recently. Fellow blogger @pix1001, who runs the awesome blog Shoot The Rookie made a tweet that yet again, had me dumbfounded.
I saw this and thought, WOW! Breath of the Wild is doing a weekend event without any warning? I was so stoked because that game hasn’t any events at all up to this point. So I googled around, expecting a post or something about it, but nada. I couldn’t find squat. So I replied on twitter asking when this is happening.
Yup… once again I was off the mark. Here I’m thinking it’s an event inside a video game, when silly me had no idea that our actually moon was a blood moon for a night. I was surprised I missed this as I’m usually on top of my astrological events. Oh well, you win some and you lose some.
Despite this not being an event in Zelda, I’m hoping no monsters respawned in the making of this twitter chat…
Have the lines between video games and reality blurred for you? I’d love to hear your stories in the comments section!