Of Nether Rays and Infernals

When I heard the blog topic for this week, my mind jumped in excitement at all the possibilities. However, this elated feeling quickly evaporated once I realized how difficult the choice would be for me, making me carefully consider the pros and cons of all of my top choices. Eventually, I decided upon my final choice, the world of World of Warcraft.

To begin, I choose this world partially because of my persistent fascination with medieval-style combat, weaponry, and magic.  To live in world that contains all of these features and relies heavily upon them would be extremely exciting and consistently interesting.  In addition, I would enjoy practicing combat skills all day long, attempting to get stronger and better each day.

However, I mainly choose this world for another reason. The world is constantly in peril from nefarious forces such as dragons, the undead, and a legion of infernal monsters. Even though this may not seem to be a very appealing world to live in, I believe that the inherent danger in the world makes it all the more appealing to me. To elaborate, the inherent danger would create a strong sense of purpose and appreciation for life, something I believe has been somewhat lost in modern society. Everything one would do in this world could affect the fate of the entirety of the world, giving true meaning to this life. Moreover, fighting against the evil legions assists the citizens of the world, bettering their lives and making their world a safer place. This sense of duty and helping others would be very rewarding, especially because one would be saving their lives rather than simply helping them.

On a lighter note, it would also be extremely fun to be able to fly on giant, winged creatures like the dragons and nether rays available in this world.  Although we can fly on airplanes in our world, it wouldn’t even compare with the thrill of flying on a colossal beast barreling through uncharted lands. Speaking of uncharted lands, this world is filled with dangerous, beautiful, and widely varying landscapes that contain a plethora of interesting creatures. If I were able to explore these regions in my own body, I doubt much could compare to the thrill of finding new and exciting places everywhere I went.

Last, the ability to become a craftsman in a variety of magical trades appeals to me greatly. I wish I had the ability to enchant an item to make someone stronger, or craft potions at a whim that would help others succeed at difficult tasks.  If only this were possible, I would choose to live in this magical world in a heartbeat.



A Day in the Life: Deus Ex

iPhone vs Android. PC vs Mac. Coke vs Pepsi. Xbox vs PS3. McDonald’s vs Burger King. Pizza Hut vs Domino’s.

Already we live in a world dominated by brands. We support the products we love just as we advocate the politics we agree with. The corporations that make these products have gross incomes that rival national governments. It is no stretch to imagine a corporation which exerts power the same way a government does: there have already been such companies. Usually these are broken up by federal antitrusts, but why? These corporations take care of us just like governments do: we are their precious customers, their loyal citizens.

The meat of Deus Ex seems to be in its bioaugmentation: this is much of the ethical dilemma the game wants the player to confront. However, there are many more underlying themes. A fascinating one is the direction of capitalism.

In Deus EX corporations exert an unbelievable amount of control over the world. As corporations grew in power governments became weaker. Unable to resist the monetary influence of corporations, governments slowly ceded power to the largest ones until they gradually began to dominate the lives of citizens more than the governments did. People lived in corporation-built homes, used corporation-built tools, and worked at corporate jobs. People became attached to corporations just as we currently are to governments.

This is the world I would want to live in. Sure, bioaugmentation would be awesome, but the majority of average citizens don’t have access to the cool ones. The ethics of the situation, though interesting to consider, would probably be dull to live through: just like with the major issues of our time, the average citizen’s opinion does not really matter. But to live in a corporate world, now that would be fantastic. It’s hard to imagine one corporation taking care of all your needs, from housing to eating to entertainment and occupation, but I would love to experience a world like that. Not because it would be better, but because there is a sort of magic to corporations that is currently limited by their scope. Mac vs PC can be pretty intense and bitter, but what if we lived in Apple or Windows homes and ate iFood or FoodXP? Now that I have to see live.