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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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Do we really exist? Mortal Life 2.0

Do we and the world around us really exist? I would like to introduce you to one of my theories about the possibility of this world around us just being an illusion. I will do this with a small thought experiment.

Imagine…

Imagine for a moment that you are a ‘god’. You are immortal and you only have to snap your fingers and your thought will manifest. You never have to put effort into anything since everything you want done just happens. You live in a world/ dimension which you share with billions of other gods like you, which is not a problem since the dimension is endlessly big, and everything you need can be manifested at will.

However, there are some downsides to being this godlike. Since you never have to try to achieve anything there is no challenge whatsoever. On top of that there are some limitations to your manifesting powers. You can only manifest what you can imagine. So what if you had all the time in the world, but don’t know what to do with it? What if you get bored?

Mortal life 2.0

Luckily, a new game came out recently which is becoming a huge hit within the community of bored fellowgods. In just a few thousand years (which is quite a short time when keeping in mind you’re immortal) the amount of players has multiplied from just a handful to 6 billion. It’s an interactive video-game, which can be best described as a virtual world where you can ‘step’ in. Once connected to the system you can experience this virtual world from the perspective of your avatar. You feel, hear, smell, see and taste what your avatar experiences. This whole game is played from first person perspective, in the most literal way.

This game called ‘Mortal Life’ is based on a somewhat wacky idea that everything is finite – which is ofcourse a ridiculous thought since everything has always been, and will always be. However this weird notion of finitely is the whole joke of the game. The setting of the game is a fictional planet called ‘Earth’ and you play as a fictional character which is being referred to as a ‘mortal’. The moment you start playing you’ll be born into this world on a random place and from there on the game starts.

The goal of the game is quite simple: Try to stay alive as long as possible and try to find out and achieve your ‘life-goal’ which you entered yourself before playing. You win by achieving this goal. The hard part about the game is that you are limited by set rules. You can’t just make stuff happen by snapping your fingers. If you want to get stuff done, you will have to figure out a way to get it done.

You have 2 options for this:

1. Working really hard and being lucky (before you know it you’re stuck in a dead-end job) or
2. Playing it smart and search for ways to hack the system.

This second option, which requires a lot of rational insight, is being made harder by a new feature in the game: emotions(these where missing in the first version of the game ‘mortal life 1.0’ which made the game too easy and boring). Even though emotions give color to the game, it also makes it a lot harder to play. Emotions can limit your ability to think clearly and rationally when they get out of control.

There is one other catch which makes playing the game a lot harder. As soon as you start playing it you will get into it so much that you forget that you are really an immortal god who is just playing a game to fight off boredom. You will be sucked into the game so far that you’ll start to believe that this (fictional) world and mortality are the reality. Before you can go any further with the next step of the game you first need to find out what the goal is you are supposed to achieve since you won’t remember it. A lot of players never make it past this level.

The other inhabitants of the world, fellow gods who are playing the same multi-player game, have also forgotten that this is all just a game and can make your (fictional) life even harder. They will try to stop you from progressing further in the game by recommending you to avoid risks. Once they have convinced you that this life is hard, and you can do nothing about it and you have no chance in fulfilling your dreams: you will be as good as game over. The only way to be be helped is to be woken up before the timer runs out.

Cheats

Luckily there is a way to complete the game anyway, dispite all the challenges. You can do this by realizing this is all just a game. As soon as you’ll realize this it will become a lot easier to put things in perspective and achieve your goal. You will stay limited to the rules of the game (this is not the matrix), however, at least you know what you are doing and why you are here. You will have it a lot easier than your fellow players since they won’t take this great risks because they take the game way too serious.

Game over…

Or not?