Dear Master Malstrom,
Our lives are games. Not everyone starts the game with the same abilities. Some start with additional resources. But the clock ticks equally for us all.
I can tell much about a person’s life by how they play a video game. Cheaters will cheat. People who look to be comfortable in life rarely push themselves in a game. Winners play to win. I love biographies. Did you know that Bill Gates was a huge poker player before starting Microsoft? He wouldn’t go to his classes. He’d just play, and he played to win. Before starting Apple, Steve Jobs worked at Atari. Even distant figures like Benjamin Franklin played chess all the time. [Hiroshi Yamauchi played Go all the time (as did Nolan Bushnell).]
The importance of toys is that they are preparation for real life. Mothers will note that the young boy playing with Matchbox cars will end up playing with real life cars that go very fast. Or the girl playing with dolls is preparing for when she has children. Toys are meant to frame our minds and senses for real life.
“But can you BEAT the game?” Silly reader! Games don’t exist to be ‘beaten’. They exist for you to enjoy. What you get out of a game is what you put into it. What do you want from life? If your video game is more interesting than your life, then you have work to do.