Video Games & The Desire to Inhabit Virtual Worlds

Tony Peak
8 min readJul 10, 2023
image credit: screenshot taken by the author from Guerilla Games’ ‘Horizon Forbidden West’

“Reality is broken. Game designers can fix it.” — Jane McGonigal, game designer

I’m on the fence with the sentiment in this quote, but before I address that, we need a preamble. Character creation, if you will.

I’ve been a gamer nearly my entire life. Even though I didn’t get my own gaming system until I was 10 years old (ah, the Atari 7800; lots of…

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Tony Peak

Science Fiction & Fantasy author, member of SFWA, HWA, & Planetary Society; represented by Ethan Ellenberg