Our job, a roof above our heads, being financially independent and other securities in life makes us linger to a total annulation of this perfection. The only thing what we can do, is to prepare ourselves for this judgment day. It will be an amazing as soon as the earth is destroyed and all of our landscapes are turned into deserts. We can start with a clean sleeve and we can rebuild the world from scratch. We will be the happiest persons on this planet. But why is this?
Let’s be clear, I personally don’ t want to set (or see) the world on fire, but let’s look at things in the way that mediaphilospher Sjaboj Žižek does. In his paper: Passion In The Era of Decaffeinated Belief, he explains the following; according to him we all live, especially the countries that are considered as Western Countries, in a fake society. An ideological image that we all try to achieve, although no one is certain were this idea originated from. The idea that everything and everyone should be the best and that therefore also be the best – being the untouchables. He claims that living like that is nothing more but fake. Not only everything you can touch, but also everything you see, hear or feel. Including the type of way people wants to build up and maintain relationships. But how did it become this way? And how does our need for destruction and videogames connect?
After World War II occurred, in which everything was taken away from us people, we have been constantly trying to achieve the perfect society. What was a very welcoming thing? To have no war of course! When that was achieve everyone dreamt of more, bigger and/or better. Out own house, our own big flat screen, a special coffee machine, everything we don’t really need to be alive or live a fulfilling existence. The list continues like virtual sex as sex without the real feel and essence of sec, the Colin Powel doctrine of the war without victims (on our side) as a war without really a war.
Žižek even goes a step further by claiming: “… politics as a way of reign of expert, as would mean politics without real politics.” All of these improvements exist and continue to grow on without the real essence of the original essence it first belonged. This makes everything seems and feels fake. The abduction of the essence makes us linger to back to the original essence. How do we get out of this desire and how do we step back to the real world, but don’t’? How do we get out of this veil? Easy! By erasing these veils in a violent way.
Welcome to the United States of America, it’s the land where everything is possible; The American Dream. Nobody dares (at least that was the idea of Americans at the end of the ‘90s) to touch or attacks this country, as claimed by itself; it’s the most powerful country in the world. This veil was accepted and lived by, by the inhabitants of the country itself. They also thought that the USA was untouchable. This image was unfortunately brutally destroyed when 9/11 2001 occurred and two airplanes flew into the World Trade Towers.
This enormous slap in the face of 9/11 felt more like a fantasy than as reality. Images of the collapsing of the WTC Towers were constantly repeated on the news and till this day everyone still remembers where they were when this all occurred. The collapsing of the towers was also the collapsing of this ‘fake-ideology’ veil. The American Dream was destroyed and they were suddenly the same as every other (not as worthy) country in the world.
According to Žižek both passions of fakeness and reality can’t really life with, but also not without each other. In a fake society we desire to that of a real one, but that really occurs we rather life in the fake one. By rebuilding and reclaiming itself as still the most powerful country in the world the USA build a fake image of a society in a real but destroyed world. How can we still satisfy ourselves with the urge for destruction? By creating a fictional destructible world. A fake desert.
That’s why games like Fallout 4, Last of US and TV-Shows like The Walking Dead appeal to all of us. The story of one of more persons who survive a disaster like that, it fulfills our feeling to life in the world we know today. Take Fallout 3, in this game you, as the player, survives a nuclear bomb explosion. You achieve this by hiding in an underground fault. After some time you come out and you can actually explore the Wasteland that was once the normal world as we know it. The apocalyptic theme drives us since there is no structure, no society and no persons with more power than other (on first sight of course). Everything is possible; is this maybe the real realization of the American Dream? A free world with no rules?
And that’s why our need for destruction makes us drive for more games like GTA, Far Cry and Fall Out. It’s simply because is what we need; to fulfill our need to “destroy”. It’s also the same drive of why it was always fun to build an enormous tower with LEGO bricks and then pretend to be Godzilla and nock it down! Do you also agree with Žižek? Or do you feel like you don’t have any need for destruction? And please, don’t start destroying the things in real-life. Just keep that in-game. 😉 (But seriously!)
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