Some talented writing on Escapism through games

Over the weeks I’ve been reading various people’s musings on escapism and gaming. They’ve all been distinctly powerful pieces and really resonated with me. It’s also made me realise how in many people’s cases, gaming really can be more pivotal than simply being something to do when one feels like passing time. Sure it’s not always emotionally fraught and vital to living but I guess it reminds me just how little the mainstream press seem to ‘get’ gaming. It can be so much more involved than so many people seem to let on. I reckon a lot of my non gaming friends would be quite stunned at the importance at times and how much it can affect people.

Not really sure what the purpose of this entry is, but I guess if nothing else it’s to highlight some stunningly good writing from the likes of Daniel Lipscombe, Sinan Kubba, Christos Reid and Sam Giddings which seems like an excellent reason to me!

I do fully intend on contributing something myself to the issue although I do feel a teensy bit like it’s bandwagon jumping after seeing such great writing but at least it’ll be cathartic!

3 thoughts on “Some talented writing on Escapism through games

  1. Sam

    Do it! Being inspired is not bandwagonning (new verb). I just feel better for having written my bit, and you never know – as well as feeling good about it, you might also realise stuff you hadn’t noticed before. I did. 🙂

  2. Chris

    Mainstream press doesn’t “get it” and the type of gaming you’re talking about is often seen as a sickness… angry loners and such 🙂

    I have not touched upon this subject directly in my writing, but I have a friend whom i’m encouraging to write the piece she has burning in her guts, about how RPGs and their organization and order provide a sense of control which is appealing to those whose lives are in chaos… could be really interesting.

    Great site, I found you via Brad Gallaway’s stuff.

  3. Sinan Kubba

    Thanks for the kind comments, Jennifer. Looking forward to reading your escapism thoughts – and I see Part 1 is up now! Great!

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