Hello and welcome to another Side-Quest episode of Talk This! It’s Dangerous to Podcast Alone! We’re talking about Emma’s choice of topic: games as escapism. You know which game is not escapist? The Escapists. Yeah, I said it.
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What is escapism? How do games serve as a vehicle for escapism? Is that a good thing or a bad thing or both? Particularly in these times, how can escapism through games be helpful or harmful? What about gamification in our real lives, is that a form of escapism?
The Actual Discussion
We talk about the types of game that are generally considered escapist, and how the role of the player is inherently more suited to escapism than the role of the viewer. We talk about the different ways you can define describing something as “mindless” and ask whether escapism can be broken down into categories. We talk about Animal Crossing. Will we ever escape Animal Crossing?
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