Imagine that I was a video game character living in a video game world. You’d turn on your TV, flip the switch on your console and see me every time you played a game. What should I do with this great privilege and power?
I suppose I’d find cheat codes and give myself many abilities and supplies. First, I’d give myself unlimited money. I don’t know what I do with it all; maybe I could buy several thousand cars and race around town, like something out of Grand Theft Auto. Then I’d find the code to turn myself invisible. That would be a welcome method to take breaks without the player even knowing I was gone. After all, I would get exhausted after the player’s marathon gaming sessions. Finally, I’d rejigger the code to create stunt doubles for myself. That way, I could do whatever I wanted and never get hurt while the player played. What could go wrong if I had these codes at my finger tips and could do whatever I wanted?
On second thought, this kind of unlimited power could easily corrupt me; instead I would use these cheat codes to help others. I’d go invisible and wade through a sea of zombies, in a post apocalyptic game, just to help an elderly neighbour take out her trash. I’d also become invincible to avoid germs. I could then, without getting sick, babysit all the other video game protagonists’ kids, so they could have peace of mind while they save the universe and/or world. Finally, I would rejigger the code to help fix other characters who were frozen — in a malfunctioning game, that is. Or maybe I meant shoveling the driveways of snowed in characters on freezing days. No matter the problem, I would find some way to help.
What would you do if you were a video game character living in a video game world?