I've been spending a fair amount of time playing games lately (0h h1, Spider Solitaire, Mahjong, 2048) and I got to wondering about why I am doing this. I looked at a couple of articles, and then I came across this line:
Why are gamers so obsessed? Because playing gives people a sense of purpose, and winning them makes them feel heroic.... and I realized that our perfect American lives are killing us and our only relief is found in playing. Hardly any jobs are what you might consider fulfilling, and heroism is only found when something very bad is happening, and since we have gone to great lengths to make our world safe, bad things seldom happen and so opportunities for heroism are few and far between. That's why the news is all bad, all the time. The good stuff is boring, and our lives are already horribly boring. I'm going to inch out on a limb and say that Islamic Jihadists are grasping life and death with both hands. Their actions may get them killed, but meanwhile they have a chance at real life.
I have heard reports from some soldiers that they never felt so alive as when they are in combat. Boosting corporate profits pales in comparison.