I See Dead People, and that Takes Balls

Today I am going to talk a little about hobbies and how they can tie to shadow government/military ops.  I got the new Summerset for Elder Scrolls On-line.  It has a 12 man dungeon in it that is very hard with many unnecessary complications that the player must navigate.  Already sounds like being a targeted individual, doesn’t it?  I looked up some YouTube videos of how others have played through this dungeon and there was a video made by the game designers and people who work at Bethesda.  Bethesda made the game.  I will add the YouTube video to this post.  It’s fun to watch.  The people are charming and fun.  The game is beautiful.  I’ve been living in Summerset for about a month now.  It’s gorgeous.  I enjoy the regular game and suffer through the trials now and then.  They are optional game play.

Then I saw a video that said Elder Scrolls as a franchise has lost its way.  I will include it also.  Some of the points that are made in the video is that Elder Scrolls used to be a game you could get lost in.  It was intuitive and changed according to your game play.  Now it’s more rigid and makes you change to meet its expectations. As the story progressed about how the expectations of the game changed, the story changed, the available choices to the player became less, and now it seems to be a generic version of itself with something for everyone.  It has been put on-line as a world wide multi-player game.  It has become a one world game.  I thought that was very interesting as I thought about how there is a push for one world government and integrating everything and everyone.

In the older versions of the game you played how you wanted to and it turned the game so that your character became a magic user, fighter, or usually a combination to differing degrees.  Basically “mage” is an intellectual and a fighter is a fighter.  The games were individual driven.  Now the game is globally driven according to what works best for most people.

This game has many stories where you chose the outcome.  You chose if a thief is imprisoned or freed.  You decide if a coward, who let a lot of innocent people die, gets to live or not.  You decide if vampires get to live or are killed.  It is like psychology 101 for all of humanity.  Well, at least gaming-humanity.

Who doesn’t like games?  It’s part of what makes us human.  Card games, strategy, sports, casinos, and electronic gaming…in many fundamental ways they are all the same thing.  But I am not suggesting that this is not serious at the heart of it.  It is very serious.  An example of how serious games are is shown by the fact that the military use electronic games to train troops.  See “Under the Radar: Six Military Video Games Used to Train Troops on the Battlefield”.

I personally believe these on-line, or even on-the-phone, electronic games are being used to glean information about all of us.  They can see on the other side of the programming a slick ball-like pie chart showing that most people in a hypothetical situation will do x instead of y.  They find they can get a certain behavior by a certain set of pressures applied in a certain sequence, or applied all at once.  It’s almost infinite the amount of information they can get about us from the games we like and how we participate.

I wish it wasn’t being used for bad things.  I don’t mean that the military is bad.  I mean bad things like how to get people’s money.  How many gambling games are on the internet now?  Or even the Elder Scrolls On-line in game purchases?  There is a lot of information being gathered and a lot of money as well!  I also think the information is being used to find our weak points individually and as groups.  I think it’s a scam in many ways.

I will still be playing though.  I know I will be beaten (spoiler alert: the Bethesda team in the video can’t beat the trial they put together), but the rest of the time I will be having fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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