You know what it’s like, we’ve all been there, some of us more regularly than others. The degradation effects of “one of those days” which cause impromptu spouts of expletive verbal diarrhea almost unconsciously. You missed the train due to a minor unexpected spell of amnesia, which in turn causes you to forget to set your alarm, leaving you to grovel continuously for your bosses forgiveness. The torturous feeling of regret as you head to the bar, when you generously inquire as to whether anyone else would appreciate a drink, only for an ocean of hands to ascend quicker than a koala scaling a eucalyptus tree, whose been cruelly tasered in the rear, or just simply stubbing your little toe on the coffee table, and anticipating in nervous anguish for the pain to hit and eventually subside. These continually unavoidable events all culminate to elicit throughly aggravating days and initiate are inner grump (which is curiously released rather routinely with me?), but I find venturing into the virtual realms of an RPG, aid me in alleviating my aggravated grumblings.
RPG’s in whatever form, seem to become significantly more poignant when you’ve had a bad day. Accomplishments feel more significant, enjoyment is heightened, playing an RPG after a day of intense scrutiny is akin to being unceremoniously kicked in the genitalia, only to watch in astonished delight, as Justin Bieber is subjected to a repeated pummeling at the hands of an excitable, cigar chomping, chimpanzee, whilst dressed in a humorous sailors ensemble, *Let’s all just take a brief moment to digest and saviour that obscene mental image…….How strangly satisfying?!* Ok, enough procrastinating.
Swerving intently back to my initial point, the constant pressures of modern-day legalities are soon dispelled when you absorb yourself in any number of fabricated worlds. Whether your embarking on a suicidal, intergalactic voyage to prevent the extermination of the human race from interstellar Bin Laden’s, or travelling across malevolent lands occupied by charred, inducing dragons, brimming with versatile quests, mysticism and intrigue. Sure there are faults, such as the repetitive and decrepid narratives that generally consist of team building, awfully conducted dubbing and at least one character being acknowledged as “The Chosen One”, but this is part of the charm. The enormous sense of familiarity acts as a kind of figurative blanket, shielding us from the tormented expenditure of your generally mundane day. Forget about the great sense of mediocrity that the story expels, and the typically derivative cast that accompany you on your forlorn expeditions, who are as gripping as a marshmallow vice, it’s all about the adventure, combat and the beautiful, orchestral scores that conjure your imagination and enhance your experience to such a degree that you quickly forget the virtual world you’re traversing, and equally, the tumultuous situation you’ve endured in the day.
Do RPG’s help to relax you after a bad day? Let me know your thoughts.