Sandbox #3 – All I really need to know, I learned from gaming


Anyone remember this poster? I think I remember seeing it adorning the walls of every elementary school classroom I happened to inhabit. You could call it hokey and painfully simple and lame and you’d probably be right on every count. But there’s also just enough truth to keep you from dismissing it altogether.

In a similar way, I feel like I have learned a lot about life from gaming. The number of forums I could post this in without feeling the need to take an insurance policy out on my credibility is somewhat limited. But I think that is probably more a function of how gaming is perceived rather than its relative truth.

So here, for your timekilling pleasure, is “All I Need to Know in Life, I Learned From Gaming.”

  • To get the loot, you have to show up to the raid.
  • Min-maxing is effective, but leaves little room for creativity.
  • When given the choice between options A, B, and C, an annoyingly high number of people will end up picking “D.”
  • The Law of Complaint and Gloat: Everyone who is better than you hacks; everyone worse is a newb.
  • A good story makes anything more memorable.
  • So does music.
  • The wealthiest people in your community got that way by thinking harder, grinding longer, or cheating better.
  • War never changes.
  • Don’t taunt the boss if you don’t want the aggro.
  • We learn more from failure than success. This is particularly true if you’re playing a roguelike platformer, and you’re trying to learn new arrangements of various expletives.
  • If a challenge has existed for more than 15 minutes, there’s probably an FAQ online somewhere for it.
  • The real world has an amazing framerate.
  • We all want more choices until we start making bad ones.
  • DPS wins meters, Support wins games
  • Stay away from windows.
  • The princess is always in another castle.
  • Don’t feed the trolls. Unless the food happens to be ablaze or soaked in acid.
  • During an overnight bus ride, you’re probably better off sitting next to an indifferent necromancer than an overzealous paladin.
  • Nothing is true, everything is permitted.
  • All you really need in life is a covered wagon, a rifle, and some dysentery pills.
  • As your successes increase, so, too, does the likelihood of a combo breaker.
  • You might as well tape down the turbo button.
  • Don’t stand in the fire.


My apologies for missing last month. As is often the case, the real world has a bad habit of interrupting just as





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