I take pride in the fact that I usually keep up with all the developments in the gaming world. I almost always know about a new event the day it happens. Oftentimes, friends will come up to me and ask “did you hear about this?” I’ll just respond by saying that I knew about two days ago. So, when somebody tells me something gaming related that I don’t know about, I tend to get a little skeptical. Instinctively, I jump to the conclusion that they’re joking around with me or lying. So far, this instinct has served me right about 90% of the time, so I continue to use it. Somebody told me something this week, however, that got me thinking.
I clocked in to work, and one of the grill workers called me over. He said, “Hey, Matt, I heard they’re recalling all the PS4’s because they’re giving off radiation.”
Of course, my response was, “No way; you’re lying.”
“No, I’m serious,” he responded. “The hard drives have Chromium in them, and the Chromium is giving off radiation. Sony said for everyone to turn their PS4’s and leave them off.”
Part of me continued to believe he was lying. On the other hand, part of me thought it could be plausible. I know nothing about Chromium, so it’s probably possible for it to be used in hard drives; I wouldn’t know the difference. Considering some Xbox One’s excrete a black, oily sludge, I wouldn’t be surprised if the PS4’s emit radiation. After all, don’t they say that about microwaves and cell phones (though I’m not sure if those reports are true)?
By the look on my face, apparently, my friend was able to tell that the part of my brain tellign me to believe him was winning. Of course, he told me it was fake; he made it up. In the back of my mind, I said to myself, “yeah, you must be; there’s no way something THAT big could slip past me.”
On the other hand, his tale got me thinking: is that possible? Of course, it probably could be. I bet something like this will happen eventually. That brings up two points. Point 1: do we trust gaming companies too much? Point 2: Do I love gaming too much, which is what I’ll talk about in this post.
See, when he told me that the PS4’s were emitting radiation, I wasn’t as alarmed as I should have probably been. I went so far as to truthfully say, “eh, I’ll still keep playing.” I followed that up with, “besides, we’re all going to die eventually anyhow; I may as well have fun doing it.” Basically, if I had the option to keep a PS4 with the risk of being radioactive or lose my PS4 forever, initially, I said I would keep the PS4. Of course, now that I’ve had time to think about it, playing a PS4 isn’t worth possible cancer treatments, chemotherapy, and a death that would come far too early.
That brings up the question: how far would I go? If I was told that somehow, my PS4 could stunt my growth, I’d definitely still play it. If a PS4 could damage my vision, I might not, seeing as how I already have glasses. If it caused infrequent headaches, I would still play. Frequent headaches, and I’d chuck the PS4. If playing the PS4 could result in hair loss, somehow, I might have some worries; 16 and bald doesn’t sound fun. If I were 20 years older, I would probably still play.
In hypothetical situations, I wonder how much I value gaming. Potentially, it’s a problem. I’ve already told myself that if the house catches fire, and (of course, safety first) I actually have time to grab an item or two from my room before breaking my window and fleeing, my Xbox 360 and collection of Halo games would be the items I grab. Some people would snatch a photo album, some might grab a love letter or a piece of jewelry because of sentimental value. Well, my 360 holds a lot of value to me, even if I could buy another one for far less than, say, a smartphone or my PS4 which I would opt to leave in the blaze. I can’t remember whether or not I’ve talked about why my 360 holds such value; maybe I’ll check my older posts and write a new one explaining if nothing pops up.
Of course, if a life was at risk (i.e. save my brother, however annoying, vs. my 360) I would 100%, most definitely, without hesitation save the life. I’m not disillusioned into thinking gaming is more important that a life. I just wonder, in the back of my mind, how far I’m actually willing to take it.
Or maybe I’m overthinking it. Are any of you attached to a gaming related item? I’m sure for those of you who have already graduated, proposed, married, etc. there might be (probably is) another highly important item that you would opt to save instead. My immaturity might be showing by saying I’d save a gaming console, but hey, it’s who I am. How far is taking gaming too far?
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Pondering My Values