I've been playing GTA V lately, and by playing I mean watching my brother and his friend play as in my turn I would always end up dead very fast. And as I got "WASTED", I couldn't stop thinking about real life and obviously death.
GTA V came out about a week ago, it wasn't too long before cheats and walkthrough guides appeared on the internet, so we decided to try out an exploit that would made us filthy rich so that we could buy weapons and ammo, fast cars, go to the strip club and in general have fun.
I noticed how "real" everything was, of course Rockstar did an excellent job at the physics of the game, but what I meant to say is that the mechanics of the game resembles real life very well.
In the game, in order to have fun do what you want and have all the money you could ever use, you have to either earn it in an unlawful way or use cheats and exploits. There is also the "right" way to make money, which are the side missions like playing a taxi cab driver role, etc. In real life, it's pretty much the same, without the cheat codes...
An interesting thing happened after playing just a weekend. When you are playing GTA V, completing missions, earning dirty money, killing other gangsters and achieving hard to do tasks you get a sense of satisfaction that completely goes away when you realize it's just a video game and that the time you are spending in it would have been better used to achieve your dreams in real life.
And then I thought about it for a minute. In the game, you can be the most wanted gangster in the world, have all the millions you want, have fun and do pretty much what ever you want. But when is time to turn off the console, or just when the battery dies on the one controller you own and you have to come back to real life, all that time and effort spent in the game has no real value in life.
Something even more interesting happens in real life! I've seen all kinds of people, from the ones that have it all, to those that have nothing at all. The rich seem to have a nice time thru life, but I can't be entirely sure about that. The poor, they are not having such a good time for sure.
In conclusion, I guess it doesn't really matter if you are rich or poor, when the time to "turn off the console" comes, you'll realize that all that effort wasn't worth it. Truth is no one can proof, or nobody even has an idea of what is going to happen when we die, so the question that remains is: Is it really worth it? Is anything really worth it?