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10/7/2017 12:10:39 PM
I sometimes wonder if Bungie's worldview is a touch idealistic, perhaps even naive. It's almost as if they're living in a Coca Cola commercial from the early 70's. You know the one where they sing "I'd like to teach the world to sing..." Shiny, happy people all singing happy songs and getting along in perfect harmony. Everyone is a friend and all we need to do is hold hands to make the world a better place. But the world doesn't work like that. Not everyone can get along. Granted, as individuals we absolutely need to cooperate with each other to get on in life. In order to thrive any society requires teamwork and cooperation amongst its populace. However that doesn't mean we all have to be friends. Friendship and cooperation are not the same thing. I'm a lefty liberal do-gooder. I vote for the UK Labour party. So this isn't a political point. I try very hard to see the good in people and believe, as Martin Luther King says, that the arc of human history bends towards justice. I have a small group of friends that I see in the real world. None of them play video games. So when Bungie says the reason I should play Destiny is because of "friendship" my response is that's not my experience at all. Sure there are people on my "friends list" on Xbox Live that I play with sometimes to do a nightfall or whatever and I undeniably enjoy that part of the game but I don't play Destiny because of that. I play because I enjoy shooting digital aliens in the head. In other words, the gameplay. Yes I get along on with the people on my "friends list" and enjoy their company but again, I don't play the game so that I can have a "friendship". I play because video gaming is a form of escapism. To chill out, to zone out and immerse myself in an alternate reality away from the troubles of the real world. The social aspect of Destiny is merely a byproduct. It's not the be-all and end-all. I wish Bungie would concentrate more on improving their game rather than ramming the social stuff down our throats.

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