Many a daydream have passed where I believed I was in a video game world. Legend of Zelda, Mario Kart, Final Fantasy, heck even Metal Gear Solid. Wouldn’t life be a little better if we could upgrade? Video games thrive on giving people a chance to live through their fantasies, but who’s to say we wouldn’t be better off living with a few off these simple “improvements.” Here’s a few features that would make life incredible.
1. Leveling up all traits at once versus Practicing One Thing
For humans, we practice a skill and we get good at it over time. However, we may overlook other things. Like practicing soccer instead of football or choosing to play an instrument over learning to dance, it’s tough to make a choice and commit. In videogames, however, we are not only given choice, but flexibility. Many RPG fans will understand this, but basically, when you level up in games, certain stats go up. Whether it be Fire Emblem, Pokemon, or Final Fantasy, you level up and various stats go up. You can choose which direction want your characters to be great in, and it does not have to be pigeon-holed to one role. A warrior can learn magic and be equally good at both while not spending all the time learning one things. Pokemon can be trained to carry various roles, both defending and healing along with attacking and strengthening. Leveling up is a way of focusing experience, but it also gives the player to explore various experiences without having to sacrifice time, skills, and effort.
2. Objectives List
Nothing helps aimless, everyday people like having a to do list. For some of us, it’s our job, our school work, our families, and for some it’s self-imposed. Having a list of objectives helps keep people on track and also helps us not forget important tasks.
3. Finding incredible ways to make money.
Chopping grass for rupees and tools. This one kind of explains itself, but the odd jobs, treasures, quests, and bounty all stacks up that paper. Who needs a 9 to 5 when you can collect garbage in space!
4. Unparalleled means of travel.
Cars are great, but they come with so much maintenance. Not to mention the constructs that take up so much space such as traffic, roads, and parking lots.
Unparalleled. Means. Of. Travel.
This has to be the most important one…..saving.
If there is anything that breaks all boundaries in almost any fiction, it’s time travel. Saving gives you the option to save your progress and stopping time right in that place. Games like Prince of Persia and Braid have played with the concepts of time and that comes with great consequences (see: Back to the Future franchise). I think, for many people, getting the chance to assess a situation and being given a chance to do something over with a new technique is rewarded in gaming. Some people make mistakes and spend their lives trying to fix a mistake. However, given the chance to avoid it altogether by planning ahead can be the biggest gift of all.
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