Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Get Ready For Everting, Which You're Probably Already Experiencing To Some Extent

"Between 2009 and 2010 I spent a disastrous amount of time playing Mario Kart Wii. I’d come home at night, grab dinner and then sit obsessively for several hours clutching a little white plastic steering wheel. I’m not proud of this, but it’s necessary back story to explain why, one weekend as I was driving to New Jersey and some Jersey driver was swerving and lane-straddling in front of me on the George Washington Bridge, I instinctively reached down on the steering wheel for the button that, in Mario Kart, would send a red shell flying out in front of me to flip this asshole’s car off the road."
Sally Adee writes about the effects of playing a lot of video games, and the notion that the internet is "everting," or "entering the next phase of its evolution by creeping out of the virtual boundaries that once defined it and into what we consider 'real life.'”

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katherine (#10,025)

You can't write an article about video games and everting without mentioning Eversion. And now I'm going to go out and turn into a cheerful flower walking around a beautiful, grassy idyllic plain.

melis (#1,854)

@katherine Could be more soothing. Let's go with Flower.

deepomega (#1,720)

@melis flOw!!

SeanP (#4,058)

How have I gotten to be this age and never heard of this "eversion" concept before? Of note: I was at the dentist the other day talking with the hygienist before my cleaning, and during some funny remark, had to stop myself from saying "lol" out loud!

jfruh (#713)

@SeanP Did you almost say "ell oh ell" or "lawl"?

This happened to me last night! After a couple of glasses of wine, I told her to "do the fucking dishes yourself".

I immediately tried to click "Edit your comment".

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

"Imagine if you were driving like a jerk, and someone could throw Mario Kart objects at you. Not to wreck your car, obviously, because no one actually wants you to die."

Can we assume that no one actually wants us to die?

@boyofdestiny : Certainly not if I've been playing a lot of Grand Theft Auto.

melis (#1,854)

@boyofdestiny Depends. Do you live in Georgia?

I had this weird thing happen once where I woke up late at night and groggily went to the fridge looking for something to eat or drink. Half awake, I opened the door and looked around for a while when I started to do this little wiggling thing with the thumb and forefinger of my left hand. It dawned on me that I was trying to do a 'Command-F' to bring up the 'Find' window.

So yeah. This is a thing that happens.

laurel (#4,035)

@ontologicalpuppy: I was trying to knit a thing and kept fucking up the pattern. My left hand tried repeatedly to hit 'command-z'.

oxla (#12,069)

@laurel apple-z all. the. time.

related: back when quark xpress (hissss) was still used i would have crazy quark dreams after working on a deadline wherein nothing made sense (like quark!) and everything was in boxes and conversations would be greek-ed out below 6pts. horrible horrible.

riotnrrd (#840)

I tried to scratch my nose with a mouse pointer once. I've also hit "page up" and "page down" on a keyboard to change the page of a physical paper I was reading. I won't go into the many times I've come out of a multi-hour game session and felt the urge to throw EMP grenades (TFC) or run into someone with my car (GTA:San Andreas)

@riotnrrd : Back when GTA3 first came out, I played the living heck out of that game. Subsequently, there were more than a few occasions where I was stopped behind other cars at a red light and had to actively suppress the now-ingrained GTA instinct to just drive up on the median and bomb right through the intersection at 60mph.

Also, spotting a parked police car reliably triggered the "oh man, there's nobody in that one. I should grab it" brain response.

deepomega (#1,720)

@Gef the Talking Mongoose: The lowest of the low.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

Nerd confession time. I play a lot of Team Fortress as a medic, which (if you're any good) involves being aware of the lines of sight that expose you to gunfire. Sometimes in the real world, when I want to avoid someone or just be unobtrusive, I'll find myself mapping out and avoiding sight lines the same way I do in the game. It is actually kind of useful!

Van Buren Boy (#1,233)

I remember in college when Grand Theft Auto came out. When I had gotten in a car as a passenger stuck in traffic for the first time in several months I remember thinking to myself for a split second, "What the hell? Why aren't we going on the sidewalk and running these people over?!?" I stopped playing for a while after that.

SeanP (#4,058)

Interestingly, this phenomenon works the other way too. IRL I do a lot of duck hunting, and a lesson you learn early through bitter experience is to always reload as soon as you shoot. Which is a good habit to have in zombie-attack themed games.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

@SeanP The 30-round rifle in L4D2 actually screws with you on this one. It's a fantastic gun, but when you hear a horde coming milliseconds after starting a reload just to get a measly two bullets back, that animation takes FOR-EV-ER.

JoshUng (#11,371)

Eh, the article lost me when she pretended to be a better driver than a New Jersey driver.

deepomega (#1,720)

Ever tried to close tab on a person saying things you don't like?

flossy (#1,402)

@deepomega Would that be a poke to the left eye?

Because yes.

SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

Back in the day, I played a lot of Ms. Pac-Man. I thought I was a woman for a while.

@SidAndFinancy : Sometimes, I get a bunch of mushrooms out of the fridge and line them up on the kitchen floor and stomp them into oblivion.

Then I go outside and try a running tackle on a flagpole.

NFK (#8,747)

Everting could also be called muscle memory, which happens with sufficient repetition of any task.

Sumerian Scribe Ekur: Hey, I was putting away some empty beer jugs at home yesterday, and my right fingers kept trying to scratch out some cuneiform.

Sumerian Scribe Shulgi: Well you did spend last week scratching out the granary count on tablets.*

Ekur: zOMG, cuneiform has invaded my reality!1!!

*Note for the young: Clay, not Apple.

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