Most of us sit for hours playing online games that allow us to interact with other users. The virtual world dominates a big part of the online community and is considered to be part of social media. These users engage in the virtual world for several reasons. Some of these reasons might be to meet people of similar interests and to talk to them, meet people from different cultures, gain new friends, or simply for entertainment.
Some people who met in a game, ended up dating or even marrying. The number of these kinds of games are rapidly increasing and developing in the online world. Almost all of them have chat rooms where you meet people, and you are required to create your own avatar. For example, If a person isn’t really comfortable with his real-life physical appearance, that person can create a totally different avatar that might have the same exact looks that he or she had always longed for.
I’m sure we have all engaged in some games of that sort. Even Facebook is creating applications that deal with the virtual world, like creating our own avatar and interacting with strangers. Such as a game I play called “Mall World”, where i started off with a small boutique store in a mall ordering, selling, and purchasing clothes, and ended up with a store that consists of several floors and lots of friends and cash.There are others such as “It girl”, “Yoville”, and “Pet Society”. In pet society maybe we long for a pet to care for but due to specific circumstances, we can’t own a pet in real-life, so we vent out and fulfill our desire through these online games.
The Sims, a very well-known virtual game where one designs his or her own avatar,constructs a house and furnishes it, creates a family and build friendships. In this game, one can be a photographer, a designer, an artist, any figure one desires to be, or maybe tried to be that firgure in real-life but failed for some reason. Not to forget, that in real-life one is tied to his or her own culture and bound to society’s norms. That person escapes to the virtual world to be him or her self, and act freely.
A virtual life is a second life. It is a life one might not have in reality (real-life). It can be considered a paths that one takes to vent out; another world. There is a virtual world game that is called “Second Life”, and another very popular game is “IMVU”. The reasons that we play these kinds of games don’t only have to be psychologically, to satisfy a wish or a desire. Simply, we can engage in them only for the purpose of entertainment.
Online games are becoming addictive since they are being programmed in a very intelligent manner. They are created to provide satisfaction to the costumers, and this satisfaction can only be achieved by entering the unconscious state of human beings. And this unconscious part of the human cognitive mind contains humans secret wishes, lusts, and desires.