The Game called Life

Imagine that life would be a video game. How would it be described on the package? What can you do with it? What is it like? What’s the goal?

Life is a game that takes place in an infinitely large universe where the player controls an avatar on a small planet called earth. It’s an exploration and creation game where you develop your avatar in order to achieve the goals you choose to pursue. The game has no pre-set missions except for staying alive and exploring the world in which it is set.  

When you start playing the game you are `born` in a random place and time, over this you have no control. Once you start playing the game you first need to learn to control your avatar. You start making sense of your senses and slowly gain control over your body. Once you learned how to use your avatar and how to communicate with other players you set out to explore.

As a player it is up to you to set out your own goals and develop the skills necessary to achieve them. In order to get inspiration on what is possible you can look around and see what other players have achieved (or have yet to achieve). You can collaborate with other players in order to achieve greater results or choose to go at it alone. Because of the laws that govern the universe in which the game is set your possible moves are limited. However, even though the possible moves are limited you are still able to combine those possible moves in countless ways and achieve an infinite number of outcomes.

The more you explore the world and learn about the laws that govern the universe the more possibilities open up. Goals which were out of reach at the start can become achievable with the right training and studying. However, one thing to watch out for is that there is no reset button. Every move has consequences which you as the player have to deal with until the end of the game.

Because the way the game is structured obstacles, disasters and other problems will pop up along the way. Even though you have no control over the majority of these forces it is still up to you to deal with it. The good thing is that whenever a new challenge is conquered you upgrade. You will be able to deal with similar obstacles in the future with less effort and you’ll be able to tackle bigger roadblocks.

You may have noticed that most of the game happens on just a tiny planet in an infinite universe. So what’s the point of that infinite universe? Expert mode! Once the earth is fully explored and understood players can collaborate to start exploring the rest of the universe. Expanding civilization and explore unknown worlds.

By the time you reach the end of the game you’ll be able to look back at the best bits of your gameplay. How interesting this is fully depends on how you’ve spend the time playing the game. Just keep in mind that you can only play this game once, you only have one chance to make the most of it. So what are you waiting for? Go out and play!    

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