View Full Version : Perceptive Reality

June 21st, 2007, 7:38 PM
Most of you here probably game. We may have some hardcore gamers. I being one of them. My question is if any of you have had experiances of perceptive reality. If you dont know what it is, read this.

Perceptive Reality (per-cep-tive re-al-i-ty): the reality that we perceive with our senses. This is the level of understanding Reality that is part sensory input, and part expectation. For example, I perceive that the ball is that particular shade of coloration that I have learned to call “red”. Or that the hands of the magician are at one instant empty, and at the next displaying fanned decks of cards.
I walked outside into the evening twilight last Saturday and stood there on the porch of my home in Northern Ontario looked to the small park next door and saw spawn points, small points of cover, and even a sniper vantage point. All this just planned out in my mind in no more than a few seconds of staring blankly towards a small playground.
You may think that I am insane, but I am not. It has nothing to do with being violent, I’m probably the complete opposite, or with any sort sick thoughts. I simply was playing Halo 2 for the better part of the day on Xbox Live. You see, gone are the days of the Nintendo Entertainment System and to replace them are next generation games that are becoming more and more immersive in storylines and graphics. I have been playing long enough to keep hearing the whizzing of a sticky grenade flying by my ear even after my Xbox has been turned off.
After such a gaming session in that length this is a normal occurance for a lot of gamers. To just for a few minutes continue thinking “in game” even after your back into the giant game we all call “real life”. It’s hard to turn off the thought process, because your so tuned into your surroundings inside the virtual world that your completely immersed.
This can make you think that the rumors of video games sparking violence are true, but really they are not. Even though I am seeing vantage points and great places to get cover from incoming ammunition rounds doesn’t mean I’m going to start shooting up a place, or because I get behind a wheel of my car after a few hours of Grand Theft Auto I’m going to start carjacking every nice car I see while running pedestrians down. It just means I see the score I could get if I was still in the video game world.
I have never held a gun, let alone shot up a parking lot nor have I ever randomly hit pedestrians with my car but sometimes the world lets me see where I could, if we really could do the things we do in video games.

I myself have had times where I quit Resident Evil after playing 5 hours of it, and see a zombie or two walking across my lawn. Or when I get done playing Final Fantasy, I see a few Chocobo's sprinting down the road. Now, have anyone else experianced this?


June 21st, 2007, 7:52 PM
Hmm... There was a time where I was playing Super Metroid and after turning off my Super Nintendo I saw a couple geegas (these things: http://www.bogleech.com/metroid-geega.gif ) crawling all over the walls and ceiling. Now this is a 16 bit console game I'm talking about here. But Super Metroid's atmosphere is so immersive that I really was seeing these creepy bugs all over the house. Sent shivers down my spine and had me rushing to my room in a panic, I also saw a couple Koopa Troopas after playing Super Mario World and sometimes I've even seen those little Flood infection forms from Halo.

June 21st, 2007, 8:39 PM
While the topic of perceptive reality sounds interesting, seeing things from video games in real life sounds absurd and illogical.

June 21st, 2007, 10:21 PM
Though it might sound absurd, your mind can generate things from memory. When you play a video game for so long your mind keep track of it and sometimes you see some pretty weird stuff. I am a very imaginative person to begin with so playing games like Silent Hill or F.E.A.R. can really get to your head. I mean I'll be driving down the road and see a flock of birds that my mind mistakes for Pidgey!

June 21st, 2007, 11:03 PM
Not necessarily. With just after playing their game for so long, the idealogy of the creatures in the game are embedded in their minds. Also, they're images are probably burnt onto their retinas so they can't help but see it.

I'm somewhat on the same page. But not necessarily from a games perspective; but from a wars perspective. I see forms of cover, I pick up sticks and say they're guns... I used to run around the woods with the sticks and creating scenarios and such. But I can't say I've ever seen the actual things go on in reality. Then again, I rarely play games for 5 hours straight. D:

June 22nd, 2007, 8:27 AM
Happens to me every once in a while, depending on what game I'm running through at the time.

Currently, I'm on my first Twilight Princess run through, and I find myself imagining how much quicker I'd get where I'm going if I was rolling most of the way. While I was playing through Metroid Prime, when I got frustrated at something, there'd be a voice in the back of my mind saying, "Try the scan visor."

Clearly, not quite to the extent of you seeing an entire Halo battlefield in your park, but it is something...