Discussionist: Video games no longer exist
posted on 07.13.12 at 08:04 AM EST by (@admeady)
So, what now?

If video games faded away into the ether of everything forgotten, what would you do?

Video games are time consuming: if you aren’t saving the world from a seemingly unstoppable monstrosity, or trying to find the correct castle, what else would you do with all that time?

For the sake of this discussion, then, let’s pretend that video games have ceased to exist.

What on earth do we do now?

Let the discussion commence, folks.

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  • Adam Meadows

    What would Sal do?! He’d have to turn the site into Gehatsu… and run stories about hats and all things head-fitting.

    • whiteferrero

      hahaha. i lol’d

    • Locksus

      Please, Adam, don’t give Sal any ideas otherwise he just might make it happen :P

    • Interesting…

      *writes down in “Ideas I’m Definitely Going to Do” notebook*

  • Locksus

    Personally, I would never want the videogames to cease existing but if that happened for one reason or other, I would simply do something else with my free time even though playing video games, in my opinion, are the best way to pass time and stop thinking about the real world and whatever troubles I may or may not have, video games are simply the best way to do it.

  • whiteferrero

    Eh, there was a world before video game you know? Way back when? But even so, there was always some way they entertained themselves.
    I for one love music,stories and challenge the most in video games. And irl, I do the same thing, play music, read stories, attempt challenging things. if there weren’t any more videos games, i’d probably just do more of the other stuff. :D
    But even so, I wouldn’t be so quick to cast off vid games. The experience I’ve had from them, are truly priceless.

    (btw love the article pic, one of my fave games of all time)

    • Adam Meadows

      Do you ever feel as though games have been a waste of time? Of course, people entertained themselves before games, but I imagine most of us have only know a world where they’ve existed.

      And having something and then losing it is different to never having it at all :)

      • whiteferrero

        Only if the goal in playing them IS to waste time. >.< But nope, not at all.

  • Locksus

    By the way guys on a side note, I just love this community to death. This is about the only video game centric site in the world where people can engage in civil discussion.

    True story.

  • Phoenix_Wings

    Well personally I would lie down on the floor and stop breathing.

  • Meh, that sucks.
    I would be totally sad but still it won’t makes me suicide and such, I’ve other hobbies too but video games are my favorite hobby and I play games on daily basis so it’ll be hard to live without it. Maybe it’s like to tell somebody to quit smoking.

    But if video games never existed in the first place we won’t be so sad. It’s hard to lose something but it’s not to lose something we don’t have in first place.

  • xMCXx

    I would find another hobby.
    Making porn or something, you know, the usual.

    • Making? Which porn do you starred in it? I’d love to watch it :p

  • Charlie

    It’s hard to imagine a world without video games. Video games have been part of my life for a long time. They not only provided me with hours upon hours of entertainment, but also helped me escape from reality. Whether it’s delving into a fantasy world as a paladin or rescuing a princess from a trap-abundant castle, video games are my form of escapism.

    • barklight

      Agreed. No offense but it’s kinda pathetic, i too, find that video games are form of escapism.
      But still, i’m proud to be a gamer.

      • whiteferrero

        Hey no big. Movies, Music, Art, etc. anything you can lose yourself in is a form of escapism. But in video games, I believe you can get some form of growth.

      • ekka4shiki

        Maybe it is some form of escapism, but when it helps you enjoy life, then why not? Live is about being alive, not just survive. :/

  • Rafi


  • Before I answer this, I should ask.

    Are we talking about a world where video games once existed, but they were all obliterated and now we have no access to them whatsoever?

    Or are we talking about a world where video games were once released every week, but new games and systems are no longer put out, and there is a huge backlog of older games to play?

    Because if we’re talking about the second option, I’ll just catch up on all the stuff I missed!

    • FaithlessMr

      Ahah I was going to ask the same thing. I have so much games in my
      backlog right now, that I probably wouldn’t be bothered about this in a
      while, lol. So much catching up to do ;_;

    • Adam Meadows

      Video games no longer exist. At all. Gone. Kaput. Dead. Vanished. All things video game cease to exist. The end the time of video games. Oblivion. Erased from time.

      And stuff.

    • Ah yes never thought of that second option.

    • Locksus

      I reckon we’re talking about a world where video games suddenly stopped existing, at least that’s how I understood it ^_^

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    Probably find another way.

  • Rafi

    All video games ?, all ?, all of them ?, wait a minute…….
    It means that all my hentai games are….

    (ノಠ_ಠ)ノ┻━┻ *flips tables* NOOOOOOO!~ ლ(ಠ益ಠლ)

  • Just thinking about a life with no video games scares me. I suppose I’d probably be an even bigger otaku than I am now. I would likely just watch anime and read manga in my spare time.

    While that doesn’t sound so awful when you type it up, if you think about it deeper…it really starts to make me feel sick.

    I just remember my past, which has been rocky to say the least. I remember how many times playing a specific game helped me. As a few have mentioned, many play video games to escape real life. I think we all have done that at one time or another, and there is nothing wrong with that.

    I’ve always felt video games allow you to do that easier than other forms of entertainment. I once was stuck at my aunts an entire summer with nothing to do. She lived out in the middle of no place. Luckily, I brought my Playstation and played Final Fantasy games all summer. I could still go places in video games, I had goals to accomplish, it turned boring free time into something fun. (This was before internet and stuff, so my ps1 was like my best friend.)

    That is one of my more fond memories, and it directly relates to having video games to play. I can recall many more times video games felt like the only thing keeping me from going insane. (No joke.)

    I start to add all of those up in my mind, many of memories are associated with hard times. I just start to think of all those times without video games…

    Would I still exist? Would I have made it without video games? They feel like a part of me, an important part. Like, if you removed them, my body would just slowly disintegrate into ash.

    I could be more positive. I could hope my younger self would have found something else to replace video games. Either way, thinking about a world without video games, I would almost rather not be part of a world like that.

    I’m not saying I would rather not ever have lived, I’m saying that if video games were not around, how about allowing me to be born in a better era?

    I’m thinking mid evil era, I want to use magic and stuff! I often times feel that way, like I was born in the wrong era. I suppose video games let me feel like I belong here.

    • LordKaiser

      A breakup, a dead of a family member, A rejection, a divorce, lonesomeness, Despair, Bad News etc. All of those a game helps you to escape. Anime it’s the only thing close to it but not as effective.

      • Yeah. I think it has a lot to do with how games give the player power and control. In a book or a movie for example, you read about what the characters are doing, or watch them.

        In video games, you move the character, you make the choices. It’s quite engrossing. There really isn’t anything else like it.

    • This isn’t the main reason why I play video games but it is one of them. I play video games because they help lessen the pain of my Dad’s death, same goes for anime.

      • I’m really sorry to hear about your Dad. I know what its like to lose someone close.

        I do the same thing with video games, it does help ease the pain.

        • It’s good to know that I am not the only person who uses video games to dull the pain.

    • agree with all of your post.

      i mean even now, where i don’t really have alot of friends(due to school and people here don’t really hang too much_yes please :D

      just make it like Blazblue or KOFXIII where 3D mix with Sprite based animation and your set to go)

      games definitely help you more or less entertain you and probably cheer you up sometimes.

      that and with the help of my brother too.

      since he too is in the same position

  • LordKaiser

    I would move 100% to Anime and manga.

  • ekka4shiki

    “in a world where GAMES no longer exist ….”

    Ah, i get it, it’s a PARADOX. We must change the future !!!

    *off to Historia Crux
    ** and lol’d

  • zakou

    I’d be even more into anime, manga and movies. Not that im not already into them xD.

    If all I mentioned vanished like games then I would train few times a day xD and make a living warrior out of myself.

  • I don’t want video games to stop existing. Every other hobby I do is tied to video games. For example, I hear songs that I like from video games or anime and if I like what I hear then I learn it on my guitar or piano. I got into anime because of video games like Tales of Symphonia in the first place! The main reason why I play video games is because I love to read/watch/hear the amazing stories that are in video games. Japan makes the best stories, so I that is why I only play Japanese games (the only non-Japanese game that I like is Mass Effect.) I do read books but I actually prefer playing video games more than reading because of the awesome sci-fi stories that I find in video games. Another activity I do instead of video games is looking up information on video games on the internet, watching videos on video games on the internet, and talking about video games on forums on the internet. I can’t get rid of my video games, and I hope that people don’t stop making video games, because video games are a part of my life. All of the other activities that I do are because of video games in the first place.

  • xxx128

    Video games are dead already? Wakey wakey.