I like how media can present simplified versions of our complex reality. Even the most complex, morally-questionable media offer suggestions for how to live our lives or meditations on life. When life gets overwhelmingly complex, I find it easier to hide away into media, but recognizing why is more important, because if I can channel that stress energy away from escapist media, then when I meander through that media later, it will be more enjoyable.
Do we play videogames to escape from reality? Do we drop into videogameland vistas to explore new or familiar territories out creative curiosity? Or are we compelled to ignore our controlless, chaotic world in favor of fanciful fictions? Are fictional worlds candy for our imagination or the full-course meal that enriches us with delicious delights? This could apply to everything from reading, writing, working, overworking, or playing sports, we’ll just focus on videogames for now.