half-ironic theory: the accuracy of our societal view of survival and the development of technology has been significantly damaged by how those things are presented in videogames

because it is fun to take your little individual avatar and go do things that look like survival, people adopt a subconscious belief that an individual can go off into the woods and survive in something approximating what they consider reasonable comfort

@maya I suspect it’s the other way round - Enlightenment ideas of “progress” inform a whole lineage of fantasies from Robinson Crusoe through the myth of the frontier to the survivalists of the late Cold War and eventually into games


@ghost_bird @maya seems like a feedback loop where each corroborates the other...

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