How Gaming Made Us Impatient


First of all, let me start by apologizing for the timing of this post. I have been working on it for about two weeks, but I hadn’t had the time to finish it. Sorry. Now that’s out of the way, let’s get down to business.

This is one thing I reflected on after the whole PSN fiasco and I decided to share it with everyone in order to get different points of view on the subject.

To start, let’s go back couple weeks. I was traveling for Easter, so imagine my surprise when I got back home and saw PSN wasn’t working and, on top of that, the major outburst of reactions from all around. I was baffled by the way people we’re infuriated about a couple days with no online services and no decent excuse for that.

That’s when all this started. People were so impatient they were demanding (this is one of the keywords in this text) explanations after just a couple hours after the shortage of services. Everyone seemed so certain about how much they deserved it; I was truly shocked. I can honestly say that even when my boss asks me for something, he does not feel so righteous about it. I felt like everyone thought they were a major shareholder of Sony and demanded an explanation ASAP because their precious money was about to go down the drain.

After that came Blackstaffer’s post, and he nailed it. I felt exactly like him; why all these people felt like they were entitled to so much, when nothing was ever promised to them? Personally, I believe it has everything to do with the fact we are all gamers. Why is that? In my humble opinion, this is why:

When playing any game, we might not know what’s going to happen, we might not know why we need to do something, hell, we even kill “people” just for fun, but one thing is certain: every action has a reaction, and that reaction, generally, is a reward. I know this is basic physics, but bear with me. When you’re playing a RPG, for example, you know that if you kill a monster, you’ll be rewarded with experience, and with enough experience you’ll level up. That is the basic premise for the point I’m trying to make. I’ll explain further.

Any genre has a different kind of reward. If you’re playing a Sim, you know investments create more profits and more profits will get you new investments and so on. If you’re a shooter kind of person, you know killing your enemies with extreme accuracy online will skyrocket you through the leaderboards. I could go on forever and mention examples from every genre of video games known to man, but you guys get my point right?

Anyway, that’s all very established in gaming, but it’s far from true in “the real world”. It doesn’t matter how hard we work, everyone is susceptible to failure. In gaming, failure usually comes with a “game over” screen, but you just have to hit that reload button and you’re good. Unfortunately, real life is not so simple. As you all know, any company could go bankrupt and you’ll be out of a job; that new investment you just made in your business had no effect whatsoever, those new cloths you bought sure look fancy and all, but chicks still think you’re ugly, you don’t get extra intelligence points for wearing glasses and all that stuff, etc. I know, real life sucks, but hey, that’s life, right (pun intended)?

Basically, I think games made us impatient, because we’re always expecting immediate return for anything we do. Why can’t I become rich if I invested all my money? Why is that I don’t look so skinny if I go to the gym daily for two months now? I’ll bet everyone has asked themselves similar questions, and we can all blame gaming for it. Well, we can, but that certainly is a lame excuse. There’s no easy level up, but that’s what makes life interesting; uncertain rewards always feel a lot more satisfying, and we should always keep that in mind.

So, what do you guys think? Could video games have spoiled us even further?

To all lazy trolls out there: I hate your guts, please, before you troll, read the entire piece, but since I know you won’t, here’s how it goes: You are lazy and overly impatient because you’re used to getting immediate reward for anything you do when playing. However, that doesn’t mean you can blame it on the video games, that’s also lazy.


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  1. #1 by dave on May 4th, 2011

    Yeah its the games the internet play and its the trophies all people like these fretures, and the games are getting bigger, better and badder they just want more.

  2. #2 by Andy Nguyen on May 4th, 2011 [ 150 Points ]

    No lie, i am impatience also, but I FREAKIN LOVE YOU!!!!! we need to go hang like G’s one day. Technology is making us more impatience also. it just depends on the people that play games and put it into their life. most gamers in my school are the chillest guys ever. like you can talk about games all day ( i have actually done it twice ). keep it up bro! =3

  3. #3 by Jason on May 4th, 2011 [ 27484 Points ]

    What games will you be offering for the late post? :)
    I was talking to a friend about how spoiled people have become. Look at 3d tv. First response was I want it with out glass’s.

  4. #4 by Kratos on May 4th, 2011

    There is so much more to life than video games. That is all.

  5. #5 by shocker on May 4th, 2011

    For those impatient ppl get a life. Go find a girl friend go play with your self do something. If games are your life, then wow. Your probably living in your moms basement in the dark with a tissue box crying over the psn outage. Hey get some lotion and start putting that tissue to better use. (To those with out girlfriends.) And if your girlfriend wont put out, then i suggest you use the tissue n lotion.
    Final note: get a life u damn bums! Lol ^-^

  6. #6 by Eddie on May 5th, 2011 [ 44532 Points ]

    Gamers entitlement. We want what we want, for free, and we want it yesterday.

  7. #7 by Pedro on May 5th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Jason: What games will you be offering for the late post?

    Lmao!

    Thanks for the feedback guys. I guess it has a lot to do with our “we want it now” society, as Eddie said, but I can’t help to think gaming might have a little influence on it as well.

  8. #8 by Richard on May 5th, 2011

    Seriously, are you on Sony’s payroll?

    It’s unacceptable to have an outage for days without explanation, no one does business like that.

    No one.

    It’s unacceptable to have a service go down for weeks with no sign of recovery or indication of restoration.

    This goes for any company and any situation.

    The compensation that’s been offered for failing to secure my private information is in no way enough to make up for what Sony’s done both in allowing the breach and their pitiful response ever since.

    But yeah, it’s the gamer’s fault.

  9. #9 by Eddie on May 5th, 2011 [ 44532 Points ]

    @richard there are several uncontrollables in life. We were given ballpark dates for when service would be restored. You can’t possibly give exacts on something like this especially when you still don’t know 100% of what happened and the investigation is still ongoing.

    this is a prime example of the gamers entitlement I mentioned. You want a 100% proof security system. Well they don’t exist. You want service up yesterday but unfortunately rebuilding a large server doesn’t work like that. You want payment for not having the imaginary 100% secure system.

    As far as wanting service up yesterday…well I agree. I never wanted it to go down in the first place. As a gamer, I’m furious its still down. As a fan, I understand why its still down.

  10. #10 by Pedro on May 5th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    @richard, did I say anything about PSN, other then it was what got me thinking? I don’t think so. This post is in no way meant as an excuse for PSN being down. It’s a mere reflexion I made.

    Did you at least read the last paragraph? It was meant for people like you.

  11. #11 by EdEN on May 5th, 2011 [ 131293 Points ]

    Nice post Pedro! Back in the day we had to leave our consoles on so we could finish a game over a 3-4 day period since we didn’t have save files and not every game had a password system so I can understand how nowadays the “instant gratification” syndrome propagated by the internet, IM, how advanced cellphones have gotten and so on can definitely have “spoiled” most gamers.

  12. #12 by sam on May 5th, 2011

    6 days withtout a response from sony was a bit much. i know we dont pay for the service but when there are other options out there like xbox live, then yea we have a right to be a little upset about it. i have yet to play mortal kombat online and no matter how you slice it, online is a SELLING POINT for games nowadays.

    people over reacted, sure, but i am so sick of the Sony apologists

  13. #13 by sam on May 5th, 2011

    whoah whoah whoah pedro, not cool to talk down to your readers. seriously. and his post was not trolling, do you know what trolling is?

    when someone is making logical and valid complaints, its not trolling. i am kinda shocked you treat your readers that way

  14. #14 by John III on May 5th, 2011

    Impatience and feeling entitled aren’t necessarily intertwined though. I feel kind of impatient at times at this PSN downtime thing but I’m not angry at Sony and I don’t demand anything. (Well, I’m kind of angry at the cyber criminals, but that’s justified.)

  15. #15 by Pedro on May 5th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    sam: whoah whoah whoah pedro, not cool to talk down to your readers. seriously. and his post was not trolling, do you know what trolling is? when someone is making logical and valid complaints, its not trolling. i am kinda shocked you treat your readers that way  

    How is it logical to complain about PSN in a post completely unrelated to that issue?

  16. #16 by GeneticMania on May 6th, 2011 [ 1450 Points ]

    sam:

    whoah whoah whoah pedro, not cool to talk down to your readers. seriously. and his post was not trolling, do you know what trolling is?

    when someone is making logical and valid complaints, its not trolling. i am kinda shocked you treat your readers that way  

    ^

    >Implying he doesn’t know what trolling is
    >Implying you do know what trolling is
    >Implying there aren’t different types of trolling
    >Implying this concerned you in the first place
    >Implying implications
    >Thats the joke.jpg
    Cool story bro.

  17. #17 by Richard on May 6th, 2011

    @pedro

    deciding anyone who points out that your theory is weak and founded more on your fandom for a company than any actual behavior is a troll is a great way to keep drinking the kool aid, not a great way to start a discussion.

    @eddie who said anything about 100% hackproof? I would settle for “not 100% vulnerable without out of date security” or “timely updates and usable information as a customer”. You know, the things every single company other than Sony in this situation has provided.

  18. #18 by Jay on May 7th, 2011 [ 83111 Points ]

    Richard: @eddie who said anything about 100% hackproof? I would settle for “not 100% vulnerable without out of date security” or “timely updates and usable information as a customer”. You know, the things every single company other than Sony in this situation has provided.

    you do realize that most company networks use outdated technology, don’t you? Or Network Administrators, etc are under-trained on newer tech, etc. It’s a problem all around, not just with Sony.

  19. #19 by Tresfrijoles on May 7th, 2011

    PS3 is better than xbox and Wii is for littile girls

  20. #20 by JD23 on May 7th, 2011

    These things are true.

  21. #21 by Luke on May 8th, 2011

    Haha people don’t realize at all how much more they want it to be up than we do. Yeah even if I was paying for it, shit happens, it’s not like we would never be compensated anyway >.> And the only reason it’s taking so long is they 100% positively don’t want it to happen over again Which in turn requires time! Not enough time! If only I could go back in time and warn Sony!(and do a few other things, of course)


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