Sun., June 18, 2017 - A Vacation from Reality
So in the Games and Sim course I'm taking, I've become an avatar and get to explore Jokaydia Grid which is beautiful and perfect and safe. I was flying (1st hint I wasn't in Vermont anymore), and then accidentally landed in the water/ocean. Rather than drowning I simply walked on the ocean floor to land, which was quite odd, but kind of nice at the same time. There was no "risk," no "accident report" that had to be completed and sent to the SU and VSBIT. It struck me then that the true draw for virtual games is that it is a "vacation" from reality. The world is perfect, neat, no grass to be mowed, no barking dogs, etc. Often when people are stressed, strategies recommended to them are mindfulness, yoga, walking in nature, bubble bath, massage, prayer, etc. I've NEVER heard gaming recommended, but I'm going to add it to my list. For a short visit, I'm taken away to land with no worries where I can relax and be safe. Of course, you have to go to the right game to make this happen so I'm going to start a list of "Vacation from Reality" games for recharging the stressed, exhausted educators!