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David Perry: Will videogames become better than life?

October 31, 2019

I grew up in Northern Ireland, right up in the very, very north end of it there, where it’s absolutely freezing cold. This was me running around in the back garden mid-summer. (Laughter) I couldn’t pick a career. In Ireland the obvious choice is the military, but to be honest it actually kind of sucks. (Laughter) My mother wanted me to be a dentist. But the problem was that people kept blowing everything up. So I actually went to school in Belfast, which was where all the action happened. And this was a pretty common sight. The school I went to was pretty boring. They forced us to learn things like Latin. The school teachers weren’t having much fun, the sports were very dirty or very painful. So I cleverly chose rowing, which I got very good at. And I was actually rowing for my school here until this fateful day, and I flipped over right in front of the entire school. And that was the finishing post right there. (Laughter) So this was extremely embarrassing. But our school at that time got a grant from the government, and they got an incredible computer — the research machine 3DZ — and they left the programming manuals lying around. And so students like myself with nothing to do, we would learn how to program it. Also around this time, at home, this was the computer that people were buying. It was called the Sinclair ZX80. This was a 1K computer, and you’d buy your programs on cassette tape. Actually I’m just going to pause for one second, because I heard that there’s a prerequisite to speak here at TED — you had to have a picture of yourself from the old days with big hair. So I brought a picture with big hair. (Laughter). I just want to get that out of the way. So after the Sinclair ZX80 came along the very cleverly named Sinclair ZX81. (Laughter) And — you see the picture at the bottom? There’s a picture of a guy doing homework with his son. That’s what they thought they had built it for. The reality is we got the programming manual and we started making games for it. We were programming in BASIC, which is a pretty awful language for games, so we ended up learning Assembly language so we could really take control of the hardware. This is the guy that invented it, Sir Clive Sinclair, and he’s showing his machine. You had this same thing in America, it was called the Timex Sinclair1000. To play a game in those days you had to have an imagination to believe that you were really playing “Battlestar Galactica.” The graphics were just horrible. You had to have an even better imagination to play this game, “Death Rider.” But of course the scientists couldn’t help themselves. They started making their own video games. This is one of my favorite ones here, where they have rabbit breeding, so males choose the lucky rabbit. It was around this time we went from 1K to 16K, which was quite the leap. And if you’re wondering how much 16K is, this eBay logo here is 16K. And in that amount of memory someone programmed a full flight simulation program. And that’s what it looked like. I spent ages flying this flight simulator, and I honestly believed I could fly airplanes by the end of it. Here’s Clive Sinclair now launching his color computer. He’s recognized as being the father of video games in Europe. He’s a multi-millionaire, and I think that’s why he’s smiling in this photograph. So I went on for the next 20 years or so making a lot of different games. Some of the highlights were things like “The Terminator,” “Aladdin,” the “Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles.” Because I was from the United Kingdom, they thought the word ninja was a little too mean for children, so they decided to call it hero instead. I personally preferred the Spanish version, which was “Tortugas Ninja.” That was much better. (Laughter) Then the last game I did was based on trying to get the video game industry and Hollywood to actually work together on something — instead of licensing from each other, to actually work. Now, Chris did ask me to bring some statistics with me, so I’ve done that. The video game industry in 2005 became a 29 billion dollar business. It grows every year. Last year was the biggest year. By 2008, we’re going to kick the butt of the music industry. By 2010, we’re going to hit 42 billion. 43 percent of gamers are female. So there’s a lot more female gamers than people are really aware. The average age of gamers? Well, obviously it’s for children, right? Well, no, actually it’s 30 years old. And interestingly, the people who buy the most games are 37. So 37 is our target audience. All video games are violent. Of course the newspapers love to beat on this. But 83 percent of games don’t have any mature content whatsoever, so it’s just not true. Online gaming statistics. I brought some stuff on “World of Warcraft.” It’s 5.5 million players. It makes about 80 million bucks a month in subscriptions. It costs 50 bucks just to install it on your computer, making the publisher about another 275 million. The game costs about 80 million dollars to make, so basically it pays for itself in about a month. A player in a game called “Project Entropia” actually bought his own island for 26,500 dollars. You have to remember that this is not a real island. He didn’t actually buy anything, just some data. But he got great terms on it. This purchase included mining and hunting rights, ownership of all land on the island, and a castle with no furniture included. (Laughter) This market is now estimated at over 800 million dollars annually. And what’s interesting about it is the market was actually created by the gamers themselves. They found clever ways to trade items and to sell their accounts to each other so that they could make money while they were playing their games. I dove onto eBay a couple of days ago just to see what was gong on, typed in World of Warcraft, got 6,000 items. I liked this one the best: a level 60 Warlock with lots of epics for 174,000 dollars. It’s like that guy obviously had some pain while making it. So as far as popularity of games, what do you think these people are doing here? It turns out they’re actually in Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles listening to the L.A. Philharmonic playing video game music. That’s what the show looks like. You would expect it to be cheesy, but it’s not. It’s very, very epic and a very beautiful concert. And the people that went there absolutely loved it. What do you think these people are doing? They’re actually bringing their computers so they can play games against each other. And this is happening in every city around the world. This is happening in your local cities too, you’re probably just not aware of it. Now, Chris told me that you had a timeline video a few years ago here just to show how video game graphics have been improving. I wanted to update that video and give you a new look at it. But what I want you to do is to try to understand it. We’re on this curve, and the graphics are getting so ridiculously better. And I’m going to show you up to maybe 2007. But I want you to try and think about what games could look like 10 years from now. So we’re going to start that video. Video: Throughout human history people have played games. As man’s intellect and technology have evolved so too have the games he plays. (Music) (Applause) David Perry: The thing again I want you to think about is, don’t look at these graphics and think of that’s the way it is. Think about that’s where we are right now, and the curve that we’re on means that this is going to continue to get better. This is an example of the kind of graphics you need to be able to draw if you wanted to get a job in the video game industry today. You need to be really an incredible artist. And once we get enough of those guys, we’re going to want more fantasy artists that can create places we’ve never been to before, or characters that we’ve just never seen before. So the obvious thing for me to talk about today is graphics and audio. But if you were to go to a game developers conference, what they’re all talking about is emotion, purpose, meaning, understanding and feeling. You’ll hear about talks like, can a video game make you cry? And these are the kind of topics we really actually care about. I came across a student who’s absolutely excellent at expressing himself, and this student agreed that he would not show his video to anybody until you here at TED had seen it. So I’d like to play this video. So this is a student’s opinion on what his experience of games are. Video: I, like many of you, live somewhere between reality and video games. Some part of me — a true living, breathing person — has become programmed, electronic and virtual. The boundary of my brain that divides real from fantasy has finally begun to crumble. I’m a video game addict and this is my story. (Music) In the year of my birth the Nintendo Entertainment System also went into development. I played in the backyard, learned to read, and even ate some of my vegetables. Most of my childhood was spent playing with Legos. But as was the case for most of my generation, I spent a lot of time in front of the TV. Mr. Rogers, Walt Disney, Nick Junior, and roughly half a million commercials have undoubtedly left their mark on me. When my parents bought my sister and I our first Nintendo, whatever inherent addictive quality this early interactive electronic entertainment possessed quickly took hold of me. At some point something clicked. (Music) With the combination of simple, interactive stories and the warmth of the TV set, my simple 16-bit Nintendo became more than just an escape. It became an alternate existence, my virtual reality. (Music) I’m a video game addict, and it’s not because of a certain number of hours I have spent playing, or nights I have gone without sleep to finish the next level. It is because I have had life-altering experiences in virtual space, and video games had begun to erode my own understanding of what is real and what is not. I’m addicted, because even though I know I’m losing my grip on reality, I still crave more. (Music) From an early age I learned to invest myself emotionally in what unfolded before me on screen. Today, after 20 years of watching TV geared to make me emotional, even a decent insurance commercial can bring tears to my eyes. I am just one of a new generation that is growing up. A generation who may experience much more meaning through video games than they will through the real world. Video games are nearing an evolutionary leap, a point where game worlds will look and feel just as real as the films we see in theatres, or the news we watch on TV. And while my sense of free will in these virtual worlds may still be limited, what I do learn applies to my real life. Play enough video games and eventually you will really believe you can snowboard, fly a plane, drive a nine-second quarter mile, or kill a man. I know I can. Unlike any pop culture phenomenon before it, video games actually allow us to become part of the machine. They allow us to sublimate into the culture of interactive, downloaded, streaming, HD reality. We are interacting with our entertainment. I have come to expect this level of interaction. Without it, the problems faced in the real world — poverty, war, disease and genocide — lack the levity they should. Their importance blends into the sensationalized drama of prime time TV. But the beauty of video games today lies not in the lifelike graphics, the vibrating joysticks or virtual surround sound. It lies in that these games are beginning to make me emotional. I have fought in wars, feared for my own survival, watched my cohorts die on beaches and woods that look and feel more real than any textbook or any news story. The people who create these games are smart. They know what makes me scared, excited, panicked, proud or sad. Then they use these emotions to dimensionalize the worlds they create. A well-designed video game will seamlessly weave the user into the fabric of the virtual experience. As one becomes more experienced the awareness of physical control melts away. I know what I want and I do it. No buttons to push, no triggers to pull, just me and the game. My fate and the fate of the world around me lie inside my hands. I know violent video games make my mother worry. What troubles me is not that video game violence is becoming more and more like real life violence, but that real life violence is starting to look more and more like a video game. (Music) These are all troubles outside of myself. I, however, have a problem very close to home. Something has happened to my brain. (Music) Perhaps there is a single part of our brain that holds all of our gut instincts, the things we know to do before we even think. While some of these instincts may be innate, most are learned, and all of them are hardwired into our brains. These instincts are essential for survival in both real and virtual worlds. Only in recent years has the technology behind video games allowed for a true overlap in stimuli. As gamers we are now living by the same laws of physics in the same cities and doing many of the same things we once did in real life, only virtually. Consider this — my real life car has about 25,000 miles on it. In all my driving games, I’ve driven a total of 31,459 miles. To some degree I’ve learned how to drive from the game. The sensory cues are very similar. It’s a funny feeling when you have spent more time doing something on the TV than you have in real life. When I am driving down a road at sunset all I can think is, this is almost as beautiful as my games are. For my virtual worlds are perfect. More beautiful and rich than the real world around us. I’m not sure what the implications of my experience are, but the potential for using realistic video game stimuli in repetition on a vast number of loyal participants is frightening to me. Today I believe Big Brother would find much more success brainwashing the masses with video games rather than just simply TVs. Video games are fun, engaging, and leave your brain completely vulnerable to re-programming. But maybe brainwashing isn’t always bad. Imagine a game that teaches us to respect each other, or helps us to understand the problems we’re all facing in the real world. There is a potential to do good as well. It is critical, as these virtual worlds continue to mirror the real world we live in, that game developers realize that they have tremendous responsibilities before them. I’m not sure what the future of video games holds for our civilization. But as virtual and real world experiences increasingly overlap there is a greater and greater potential for other people to feel the same way I do. What I have only recently come to realize is that beyond the graphics, sound, game play and emotion it is the power to break down reality that is so fascinating and addictive to me. I know that I am losing my grip. Part of me is just waiting to let go. I know though, that no matter how amazing video games may become, or how flat the real world may seem to us, that we must stay aware of what our games are teaching us and how they leave us feeling when we finally do unplug. (Applause) DP: Wow. (Applause) I found that video very, very thought provoking, and that’s why I wanted to bring it here for you guys to see. And what was interesting about it is the obvious choice for me to talk about was graphics and audio. But as you heard, Michael talked about all these other elements as well. Video games give an awful lot of other things too, and that’s why people get so addicted. The most important one being fun. The name of this track is “The Magic To Come.” Who is that going to come from? Is it going to come from the best directors in the world as we thought it probably would? I don’t think so. I think it’s going to come from the children who are growing up now that aren’t stuck with all of the stuff that we remember from the past. They’re going to do it their way, using the tools that we’ve created. The same with students or highly creative people, writers and people like that. As far as colleges go, there’s about 350 colleges around the world teaching video game courses. That means there’s literally thousands of new ideas. Some of the ideas are really dreadful and some of them are great. There’s nothing worse than having to listen to someone try and pitch you a really bad video game idea. (Laughter) Chris Anderson: You’re off, you’re off. That’s it. He’s out of time. DP: I’ve just got a little tiny bit more if you’ll indulge me. CA: Go ahead. I’m going to stay right here though. (Laughter) DP: This is just a cool shot, because this is students coming to school after class. The school is closed; they’re coming back at midnight because they want to pitch their video game ideas. I’m sitting at the front of the class, and they’re actually pitching their ideas. So it’s hard to get students to come back to class, but it is possible. This is my daughter, her name’s Emma, she’s 17 months old. And I’ve been asking myself, what is Emma going to experience in the video game world? And as I’ve shown here, we have the audience. She’s never going to know a world where you can’t press a button and have millions of people ready to play. You know, we have the technology. She’s never going to know a world where the graphics just aren’t stunning and really immersive. And as the student video showed, we can impact and move. She’s never going to know a world where video games aren’t incredibly emotional and will probably make her cry. I just hope she likes video games. (Laughter) So, my closing thought. Games on the surface seem simple entertainment, but for those that like to look a little deeper, the new paradigm of video games could open entirely new frontiers to creative minds that like to think big. Where better to challenge those minds than here at TED? Thank you. Chris Anderson: David Perry. That was awesome.


  • Reply 007MrYang November 21, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    What the fuck is it with these noisy ads on the video suggestions? Youtube, if you're going to show ads at least give us the choice of using the mute button.

  • Reply insomniscient November 22, 2012 at 2:38 am

    They didn't even show BF3 properly

  • Reply Kevin CY T November 22, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Yes, that video from 2008 forgot BF3.

  • Reply 007MrYang November 23, 2012 at 4:14 am

    Thanks man. Just got it.

  • Reply BeverScience November 30, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Yes Four Tet!

  • Reply Jotto999 December 1, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    The student video had lots of alarmist rhetoric, and it's misleading. Violent games do increase aggression, especially in males, but crime rates have been steadily dropping as video games become more lifelike, and conclusions of a violent gamer generation are completely unsupported.

    I think games will probably become more difficult to distinguish with real life over time, and that we can handle it.

    Been gaming since I was 6, BTW.

  • Reply Colin Cutler December 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    It wasn't meant to be a professional video. It was a heart to heart disclosure from one gamer to anyone who would listen. He wanted others to know they are not alone in addiction. I use that term in a real sense, because video games have all the qualities of other addictive substances. Instant gratification, great pleasure, ease of use, accessibility, and loss of reality.

    A recovering video game addict

  • Reply Pikachu Pot Pie December 3, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    WoW has like 12 million players now.. what an increase

  • Reply siriusflood December 9, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    TED is over, everyone go home.

  • Reply Cordial_Lump December 12, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    ug >.<
    I didn't like that short film at all. He's a case study! Why is he being shown as the only personal example :/

  • Reply Albert Anderson December 20, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    1. Mental Health Research
    2. Gun Control
    3. FiOS For Everyone

  • Reply Erik Lold December 21, 2012 at 7:39 am

    lold irl, awesome

  • Reply crosbying December 21, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    That was excruciatingly painful to watch …

  • Reply Shantanuraj Patil December 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm


  • Reply MrWaddefak December 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    the video is terrible … WAY too long.

  • Reply 「 WFLZ 」 January 3, 2013 at 3:13 am

    Half life isnt much of a shooter

  • Reply Tephr1te January 21, 2013 at 5:21 pm


  • Reply kaka55672 January 22, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    from where????

  • Reply Tephr1te January 22, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    oh sorry, didn't see the times

  • Reply Marathonmarch January 29, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    No your wrong it's exposure to violent ideas, the same programming that is on television.

  • Reply Timothy Gordon January 30, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    love the "poem"

  • Reply Fritz Ehlers February 15, 2013 at 11:25 am

    This is brilliant and food for thought. It's a sign of the times we live in and a good thing too. Objective and to the point. We need to be aware of how the technology is affecting our day to day lives, consciously or otherwise.

    When our reality overlaps that of the game,, we have a super opportunity to use it for good and to our advantage. Lo0ve it.

  • Reply Fritz Ehlers February 15, 2013 at 11:29 am

    There is only so much information you can put into 20 minutes. It's meant to make you think outside the box and to inspire you to deal better with the overlapping of realities and how you can use that to your own advantage.

    The short film is a very well put together example of someone who's taken the time to think about gaming and how it's advancement has influenced us in our daily lives. Of course its going to be personal.

  • Reply James Griffin February 16, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Oh the memories!

  • Reply NorthernIrishBen February 17, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Every meme on the internet.

  • Reply Foxden February 20, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    The video addict part of the ted talk was total BS, that guy is the exception. The rare person who can't realize the difference between a game or reality. It's a bit ridiculous really, a game can make you feel like something just like a movie can, but its not like it hypnotizes you into thinking it's real. Also he seems WAY to self aware to be believable. I don't think he's actually an addict or believes what he's saying.

  • Reply RubiconXing February 28, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Not AT ALL enough Nintendo representation.

  • Reply RubiconXing February 28, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Yeah it seemed like he was just trying to seek attention.

  • Reply ArmisVideo March 3, 2013 at 10:46 am

    too much hiding behind the anxcilary support tools

  • Reply Jacob Morenzoni March 14, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Video games are better than life for losets and close minded people.

  • Reply One March 25, 2013 at 7:52 am

    This was lame.

  • Reply UnofficialMV March 26, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    240P, WE MEET AGAIN…

  • Reply Dalisu Ngobese April 2, 2013 at 11:10 am


  • Reply anglekan April 6, 2013 at 5:00 am

    George forman ko boxing! Snes

  • Reply P4INKiller April 7, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Because it isn't relevant.

  • Reply P4INKiller April 7, 2013 at 9:11 am

    And so is youtube, go do something productive.

  • Reply GodOfMacro April 15, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Hated it too disagreed with almost all he said. He was only feeding in predictive tought that i'm surprised to heard from a self claim video game "addict"…

  • Reply GodOfMacro April 15, 2013 at 9:42 am

    had 12 tought 😉

  • Reply Scottyz23 April 26, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Short answer: Yes.

  • Reply Cuddles The Mighty May 5, 2013 at 5:55 am

    wow this feels so dated

  • Reply RicoZedLand June 4, 2013 at 5:51 am

    your lame

  • Reply One June 4, 2013 at 5:51 pm


  • Reply Tim Rosenburg June 13, 2013 at 5:20 pm


  • Reply Matt Douglass June 13, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I lost all respect for this lecture once it got to that guys short film

  • Reply Torchfang June 14, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Fu mon valise de gamer va trouver a life

  • Reply NEET Guru, reach spiritual enlightenment TODAY June 17, 2013 at 10:08 am

    fuck off newfag /v/

  • Reply River Shields June 19, 2013 at 4:46 am

    I loved this Perry guy's ideas. However, I felt that the video he had shown was pretentious and overdramatic. I am a gamer and I feel that video games are a source of fun, emotional content that does NOT brain wash.

  • Reply Eli Davis June 25, 2013 at 6:31 am

    I didn't look at this vid ( I usually just click on a ted talk and listen to it while working) and I thought itd be about the oculus rift XD It took me a few minutes to realize this shit it old XD Still a nice talk

  • Reply HyperNova PvP June 28, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Its called the MASSEFFECT SERIES!

  • Reply Evan Marienfeld July 4, 2013 at 11:24 am

    That video game addict shit was lame as fuck…

  • Reply Evan Marienfeld July 4, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Games are for people.

  • Reply Oliver Logan July 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Is that the beach from Final Fantasy 8 at 12:38?

  • Reply Xavi _ July 12, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Yup, you can even read "fithos luther vinosec" on his face as the video goes by (a horrible documentary from my POV)

  • Reply D13 July 25, 2013 at 5:41 am

    I don't get it. The awful short film bashed games but Perry wants them to grow. This was very ambiguous.

  • Reply Max Power July 26, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Wow, what a bunch of whiners, tough shit if you guys didn't enjoy the short. That kid put himself out there completely, he opened up and all you did was shit on him. I hope the next time you express yourself, everyone laughs and puts you down too. You fucking retards.

  • Reply Low Brass!! August 3, 2013 at 2:48 am

    we dont like it because hes the kind of person that puts a bad name on people who play videogames

  • Reply Hibiki Yamada August 22, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    If someone puts themselves out there for all to see, he shouldn't be criticized for anything that he says or what was produced by what he said?

  • Reply Hibiki Yamada August 25, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Ehm… Sorry, I don't see how.

  • Reply Hibiki Yamada August 26, 2013 at 10:52 pm


  • Reply KungFuChess September 2, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    He clocked more miles in a game then in his own car. That's pretty sad lol

  • Reply BlueCosmology September 2, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    That guys not addicted to videogames, he's just insane.

  • Reply Damstraight68 September 22, 2013 at 2:13 am

    I didn't like it very much either because most times at the end each part ended on cinematic trailers, not game play like the other examples.

  • Reply Bob Jove October 1, 2013 at 2:38 am

    43% of gamers are female. Shows you how much research this guy actually does(zip nadda)

  • Reply christopher graham October 21, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    can u mack a vid. about video game violence its for school

  • Reply C M December 7, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    just as a heads up video games is not one word.

  • Reply Danman350 February 25, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    That PS3 boomerang is a hell of a timestamp.

  • Reply Narred Darr March 2, 2014 at 8:52 am

    well, boy, did he get it wrong? 
    COD is still a babysitter to 5-12 yr olds;
    Battlefield 3 and 4 have become COD w vehicles [ie, BS since the 'TEAM' has somehow been lost to the 'I ME MINE ARMY' of COD selling power [the console babysitter];
    Aliens Col. Marines does make you wanna cry.. wanna cry cos they used a fucking high end PC to convince console owners their xbox360s and PS3s could run a game that looked so good you wanted to lick the screen… until the release and you're playing a steaming pile of dogcrap on a wet sunday morn;
    Kinect is a worthless piece of dogcrap on a wet monday morn yet MS just won't take the fucking hint [or they want to record you fapping to porn on your xbone then blackmail you to buy only MS products for the rest of your life by threatening to upload you fapping to utube or one of many other ways the xbone can record short snippets then upload it to other users to show them "what i do in my spare time when the gf is away";
    Borderlands 1 became BoredofLands 2 cos it's the same fucking game but with more guns and more 'things' that attack you 'more';
    Lara Croft's tits got smaller.. a LOT smaller… in fact, way too smaller…suddenly it's not so interesting to play;
     and, obv, COD.

    so, for you, mr perry, the future is and was all tears.

    g'night, g'night…
    feck off.

  • Reply Helena April 22, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Too bad the video is not from 2014, we have some truly sick graphics nowadays.
    Btw, 8:52, does anyone know which game that is? And the one after it too.

  • Reply Ashley Howdeshell June 1, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Video games > Life

  • Reply 道神恵 September 12, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    I prefer video games real life sucks

  • Reply Epula Daug October 4, 2014 at 1:32 am

    15:37  big boss time

  • Reply Peter Hewildts November 25, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Did this dude, giving a talk in the prestigious Ted forum, in front of thousands of people, actually use fucking CGI videos instead of in-game graphics to demonstrate "how far graphics have come"?  Honestly how is this what's happening

  • Reply GamingWithMe October 7, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Video games already are better than real life.

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  • Reply Joseph Ritchhart January 27, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    I'm 25, and enjoy video games as the art work that they are. They can evoke emotion, draw us into their worlds and let us do great things. They can build up our confidence and enable us to see paths to victory in the real world. About once a week I host a LAN party at my house for friends and family. The last one I held even my mom showed up, which was funny because she's not really a gamer and I had to show her how things worked. Everyone had a blast (you know, once I got over the shock that my MOM showed up at my condo to play video games). Studies have shown that video games strengthen the part of the brain that is associated with a reduced risk of metal diseases. Whether or not that means that gamers are at an actual reduced risk of metal illness only time will tell.However, when I was in college I was very addicted to video games, in particular, World of Warcraft. My grades suffered, and I had to retake at least one class (that I can think of). I left college with a 2.9 GPA and still easily found a job. In the end, the video game addiction didn't truly hold my carrier back, but still, stressful times. All this is to say, in moderation, I believe video games are the best and most rewarding art form, with even fast paced shooters like Call of Duty being beneficial. We are all human though, and we do not all do everything in moderation.

  • Reply Arthur Winon February 2, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    I love games, i make my own games
    android users try this app

  • Reply DeathAngel April 15, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    so weird watching videos where they talk about the future and i am here right now,in the future (at least from their perspective at that time)

  • Reply LOSTHAZE Gaming May 9, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Video games allow us to live many different lives in many different worlds. They allow us to gain a deeper insight of ourselves and possibly issues that we are faced with. Many of the philosophical ideas that we are faced with in games hit us quite hard and ring true. Take any game that gives you a choice. There's a reward and consequence. There's a balance. Bioshock is quite notorious for being a deep and dark game. It shows the truth of consumerism and hyper-individualism.

  • Reply Havzul May 29, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    so is this conference pro or against video games?

  • Reply kat v October 29, 2016 at 5:17 am

    'shrugs' my attention span is somewhat shorter than average and this video is too long, so i watched it in 2x speed; nothing interesting, thanks for not wasting too much of my time.

  • Reply Bazzz October 30, 2016 at 11:38 am

    still no half life 3 🙁

  • Reply Rage Quit October 31, 2016 at 6:46 am

    can video games make you emotional?
    last of us comes out

  • Reply OsedayCan January 27, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Worst TED talk ever?

  • Reply Arya Ren February 8, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    They became better than real life when Morrowind came out.

  • Reply Wayne Catlin March 17, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    I felt that student VT portrayed video games in a bad light – all that crap about losing his grip on reality, the lines between games and real life being blurred and depictions of real life violence looking more game like??..??.. I found it quite disturbing and it has clearly come from a disturbed mind. the media would have a field day…

  • Reply Future Echo March 27, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Quick answer: Read 'Better Than Life' by Grant Naylor (Red Dwarf).

  • Reply Arcane Gianterino Kripperino March 28, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    2017, and Mass Effect Andromeda is here xD

  • Reply Mitch Zro June 30, 2017 at 8:21 pm


  • Reply Conny Komen August 16, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Can we watch the student movie about his addiction somewhere else? It just ressonates with me , that storry! i wanna show it to other people but withouth david perrys part!

  • Reply Jesse Gandy October 8, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    As the average millennial ages, their time spent gaming decreases. That means gaming will always be thought of as a hobby, not a substitute for actual daily life.

  • Reply artem 351 October 29, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Video games cant be better than real life. They are really poor and sucks. poor graphics, sucks gameplay and scenarios… To become a game better than life himself, with an entire realistic world… oh… first thing you will need an super computer able to load an entire world like world where we live. An poor pixeled game can't be compared with your own life give to you by the God himself. Science have done some steps compared with the last century's indeed, but c'mon guys let not compare us with what had made our good God himself. We are creators like himself indeed, because we have this gift, but compared with him we are sooo insignifiant…

  • Reply Soldier_66 November 9, 2017 at 5:05 am

    Yes. Yes they did.

  • Reply Sean Noonan December 5, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    07:23 Star Wars in the Star Trek font

  • Reply Azeez Alkalidy December 16, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Really wish they re-upload it with a higher quality. Amazing video.

  • Reply Austin Frost December 22, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    came to this immediately after watching star citizen game play

  • Reply MATHGODpi January 1, 2018 at 3:30 am

    7:06 Peter Griffin COHNAH THREE!

  • Reply Fulbor January 15, 2018 at 1:52 am

    oh god the whoel student film part made me scream out "Stop i kinda get where you are coming from but you are giving the normies the wrong sense of what it is to be a gamer"

    i feel like i need to slap the dude who made that and then have a long talk with him about why he is an addict and why games arent at fault for it

  • Reply Imaad Ahmad February 8, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    I used to read about David Perry in my old game mags and I owe it to him along with others such as warren spector, ron gilbert, john romero etc. for making me go from a gamer to game designer. Thank you, David. I even had a dream about him last night (weird, I know) where he turned out to be one of my relatives lol how I wish

  • Reply Benjamin East June 28, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Roblox ftw

  • Reply Buckfast Berserker September 13, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Go watch the gameplay reveal of Cyberpunk 2077 if you just watched this video and like gaming… Future of games is amazing.

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