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Level Up Everything Until You Drop II

Video game hippieOur fun deprived world needs video games. Great games are fun, they might inspire us to ponder life’s big questions, and the game industry employs so many people. But what if video games could make our lives a little easier too?

We could borrow the concept of leveling up – a video game term – and use it to make life easier. When you level something up in a game, it’s usually a joy to do it. You might then customize or upgrade that thing to improve it. You could level up your character, a weapon or a vehicle.

Now, imagine if you could level up things to help you in life. Here’s a fun list of things that I wrote:

1. Level Up Chores


Taking out the trash is a time-consuming and stinky affair. I can think of many other things that I’d rather do.

If I could level up doing the garbage, I would get a robot. R.O.B., that delightful Nintendo creature, could do the job. He would organize my garbage, recycling and leaves, and wheel it out to the front lawn on collections days.

No need to get my hands covered in rotten vegetables when the bags break. No flies buzzing around me. No fishy smell from the garbage bin.

Everything would smell rosy. That is, of course, unless my robot turned on me and dumped the garbage all over me. I’d better hire another robot to keep an eye on R.O.B., just in case.

Washing dishes

You might wash dishes with your hands. Or you might use a dishwasher that runs on foamy soap and leaves your dishes sparkling clean. Either way, you’re spending a lot of time and money to do this chore.

I think Pokémon could help us here. If I were to level up doing the dishes, I would use a Squirtle, or something similar, to get the job done. I think a Blastoise might just destroy any fine china you have. Then I could do all the dishes without spending a dime on water for this chore.

What about if you’re catering for a party? How would you clean up all of your dishes? I would level up a Squirtle until it evolved into a Blastoise to spray all the dishes at once. Step back and put on your safety goggles first.

Cutting grass

Level up and then use sonic supersonic speed to cut the grass. The neighbours would feel dizzy as they watch a blue blur cut everything in under a minute. But then they’d have a smile on their face and the neighbourhood would seem like a happier place all because of my lawn.

2. Level Up Transportation

Deflection shield

Imagine if you could level up a shield to keep people or objects from bumping into you. Pedestrians would feel a lot safer crossing the street. Cars wouldn’t crash into each other. Cyclists could ride safely on the street without fear. Children could run into the street to pick up a stray soccer ball.

Ok, I think you get the point.

Cars without damage

Alright, drivers wreck their cars all the time. What if we could borrow the idea of damage-free cars from racing games? I’m talking about old school games here. Also, race car drivers no longer need to fret about totaling their cars when they crash into a will.

Hover Boots

You need to move from point A to point B as fast as possible. How are you going to do that? Running on your feet is so pedestrian, and hover boots are so much better. They’ll get you where need to go to save the day. Start saving up those experience points today so you can level up your plain old boots.

3. Level Up Time

No more time-wasting. That means more time to love others and more time for this blog and my short stories.


Imagine a better world with all these things leveled up. I wonder if you can…

Just call me the video game hippie.



Filed under Video Game Misc.

Level Up Everything Until You Drop!

Level upWhen you level up something in a game, you take it to next level; you upgrade it. That level process never gets old. You can’t say that about everything in life. You also can’t walk around and try to level up your cat or lawn mower. And why would you want to do that anyway?

Games, which are kind of like digital playgrounds, are the perfect place to level up things and go crazy with them.

Want to know if it’s a good idea to put a chainsaw and a flamethrower on your car? Test it in a game first. You wouldn’t want act irresponsibly would you? I thought so.

So here are some things that I love to level up in games.

(1) Guns

It’s rewarding and fun to start with a pea shooter and then level it up to a mega weapon. Pea shooters leave you feeling like a scrawny kid who gets beat up for lunch money. By contrast, you stand tall with the mega weapon and mow down bad guys who scurry for cover so fast that they leave behind dust clouds.

The Rhyno V in Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time is a good example of a mega weapon. The Rhyno wastes bad guys with style and a lot of deadly projectiles. Did you know this gun also plays Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture while you shoot it? It may sound like a macabre celebration of death, but it’s Ratchet and Clank and they make it fun.

I think more shooters would grab me if they let me level up guns from pea shooter to mega weapon.

(2) Vehicles

Heroes can’t survive on guns alone. They’re feet also get sore after walking for miles in a game. That’s why we have tanks: good guys can both run over and blast baddies.

But the traditional tank would be so much cooler if it hovered, had a speed burst and rocket launcher. Imagine racing a warthog with two machine guns through Halo.

(3) Medieval weapons

I’m talking about swords and arrows here. It would be really cool if I could upgrade the tips of these weapons with poison. What about adding fire arrows and magic swords?

What’s this sword missing? “Hmm maybe I should level up the sword to add a gun to it!” Now that sounds like a plan.

What do you like/want to level up in games?


Filed under Video Game Misc.