If you caught the “cake is a lie” reference, then you will be familiar with the game that sucked me in back in 2007 (wow it has been ten years?). With its unique take on the FPS format and incredible writing, Portal enthralled me for hours at a time and kept me coming back for more. Back then my full-time gig was developing multi-tiered collaborative workflow environments, and it was a stressful experience. Portal was virtual escapism at its finest, and that’s what video games have been for me: just another way to unwind after a day at the office. However, it seems that for some, the incredibly detailed games of today are no longer a form of entertainment but a way of life.
As video games get better and job prospects worse, more young men are dropping out of the job market to spend their time in an alternate reality.
In a world that is quickly becoming a cross between the Matrix and Ready Player One, for many of the unemployed or under-employed, the programmed experiences of the virtual world are becoming more attractive than those of the real world, and they’re opting to stay plugged in.
As video games get better and job prospects worse, more young men are dropping out of the job market to spend their time in an alternate reality. Ryan Avent suspects this is the beginning of something big.
The Economist has an excellent article about this, read it here.