It’s been quite a while since the last numbered addition to SAPL, but RPGs are a staple to a majority of asians’ lifestyles. This submission by Jeffery Ng goes in depth about the Asian Infatuation with RPGs. It also talks about how to break the habit. Enjoy!
“Perfect, okay, next’ move the maple staff into a striking pose.”
Admit it. We Asians have all played at least one lame RPG (Role Playing Game) at one point or another in our lives. At first, everything seems surreal: logging into a fantasy world with a regrettable username accompanied by a predictable password; controlling a 2d/3d character in cyberspace to hit/jump/talk and making friends/enemies you’ll never meet (Talk smack to your heart’s content). It was our watered down version of ecstasy.
But is it all worth it? I’m of course referring to all the time spent hitting mushroom after mushroom with incremental gains in experience and IMs with our most recent e-girlfriends or boyfriends. The loss of human contact is only the beginning of this slippery slope. Soon enough, you’re sleeping irregular hours to level up your character to be able to wield the ultra fantastic level 578 golden yogurt slinger. After a few months or years, you finally realize, “What the F*** am (was) I doing?”
“How did it become like this? My cell phone hasn’t rung for weeks!” ”My last physical contact happened when I was getting change from the grocery store.”
Now, you’re in your own little mental rehab. Your rehabilitation process begins with limiting your playtime and attempting to reconnect with the alien concept called life. You frantically search in vain elsewhere for that familiar e-high until you realize it’s not worth it. Within days, your battle fatigued eyes and sleeping patterns return back to normal. Friends appear out of the blue and real life seems interesting again. Your diet no longer contains only pizzas, takeout and other junk. You’ve beaten the RPG disease, congratulations!
But the questions still remain: How or why did it all happen? Why are RPG games a calling card for Asians?
A majority of Asians lack physical confidence (or motor skills). Our conscience yearns for money, respect, and power. BAM, an RPG appears. Without a moment’s hesitation, we apply our highly developed finger reflexes and patience into hoarding our own versions of money, power, and respect (silver in WOW). Balling out with expensive potions, earning respect by flaunting flashy skills, and being able to destroy the strongest monsters without a sweat is our version of the American Dream. But don’t worry: RPG Addiction is only a phase that can be overcome with a dash of reality.
So, there you have it. Most of us play because we’re too afraid to face reality. We’re able to create lives with just clicks and taps. RPGs are not games. They destroy lives and tear apart loving families. Don’t be a victim. Play Call of Duty.
Jeffrey is currently a student at NYU. He is also a cheeseburger enthusiast.
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