Christian Long

David Perry: Videogames

In TED Talks on April 14, 2010 at 8:06 am

Reflection by BRAYDEN F.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

David Perry:  Videogames

I get very addicted to games, so this video definitely hit home.

This presentation on video games was a story within a story. The first part is about David Perry, which is the speaker presenting this “TED talk”. He rambles about his child hood with a very nice transition into how he got started with “gaming”. This led to the evolution of games from the Sinclair ZX80 to the modern Xbox360. The gaming industry has noticeably come along way. The average gamer is 37, but most teenagers also play, like Michael who talks about living between what’s “reality and video games”.

From watching this video you can tell Michael is very talented. Not only is the editing of the video incredible, the ideas and the real world connections he makes are very thought provoking to anyone.

I know what it’s like to stay up until five in the morning playing and re-playing the same level again and again. It’s not because we have no desire to sleep. It’s that we don’t even know what sleep is, and in our virtual reality, there is no sleeping.

Emotions, reflexes, and reality are all re-wired to program this “alternate existence.” The cold untouched pizza is nothing more than a triangular object in our peripheral to the surroundings that are beautifully illuminated by billions of HD pixels reflecting off the glass of the T.V. that our eyes are glued to.Throughout this story, I had a very different feeling. A feeling that separates reality from virtual reality. A place in the middle where I could step back and look at both sides.

If you’ve read this far, it would be in your best interest to click play.


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