Video games - one of the best "population handling" techniques ever devised by PTB. Modern games are marvelously sophisticated, visually stunning and addictive like hell. You just can't spend half an hour playing one, just to relax a bit and get back to work. No, you have to sit through at least a couple of hours to achieve anything at all in virtual world. Having in mind 20-30 hours needed to finish any modern game (while the most revered by players community provide hundreds hours of "fun") and an industry which breeds one title after another one could say video games aren't just time-eaters. They are life-eaters.
I remember an interview with a sociologist, professor Jadwiga Staniszkis, during which I belive she said something along the lines: "Today the great problem for goverments is how to keep masses in place". It seems "the problem" isn't THAT great. Oh, and spin-doctors can be excruciatingly straightforward at times :\
Now, how long have you been "kept in place" by video-games? How about your family, friends?
One would like to think that modern games containing "occult, hidden history, conspiracy related stories" is another outlet for otherwise censored information. That somwhere, some people try to convey the truth in a form mostly digestible for youngest generation. But is it so?
An aquaintance of mine, very talented guy, video-game industry "concept artist" wannabe once asked me: "What do you do in your free time?" Having told him about this site and ideas which occupy my attention almost 24/7 I was very curious of his reaction. To my astonishment he remarked "Hey, how cool! That must be great inspiration for your art!" Yup, that's all, an "inspiration for art". No doubts, no further questions, no nothing. Would it be too fast to surmise that such mindset is prevailing among video-game designers? That they explore the "occult, hidden history, conspiracy" landscape only to selectively grab this and that, throw it into one bag and in truly postmodernistic fashion breed another "story" which would ultimately score high in Gamespy reviews?
Monkee, how do you think - is it possible that you are using the content of video-games as a rationalization for spending so much time playing them? Aren't you lying to yourself, that while you are "having fun" you are also doing something really meaningful, useful? That you are "advancing" or "learning"?