When I’m stressed out, I take a big breath and exhale. Then I try to take in the beauty of nature–the nature that the city offers—around me. I love to see and hear a breeze brush up against the tree’s leaves in late summer. It’s like mother nature is also exhaling, blowing away her own stress and scattering it into the trees for my amusement. This is a beautiful sight and sound that most people only experience outdoors. But we have a secret.
Our secret is that we play video games, and we might stumble upon breath-taking moments in fictional worlds. One of my favourite things to look at in games is water; I love when game developers make beautiful and realistic water. The shimmering blue ripples and marine life beg for eyes to adore their beauty. Far from being a laughable copy of the real thing, this beauty in the game, regardless of the developer’s intent, reminds me of the beauty of nature. I love a placid lake so much that it makes me happy to see it even in a game.
The beauty of life and the beauty of nature in a video game are, of course, different. But they can both be beautiful, and I can appreciate them both.
When have you experienced nature’s beauty in a video game, if at all? How did it make you feel?