Some thoughts

Hey guys;

Since I’m feeling really bored right now, I might as well share with you one or two random thoughts that have been floating around in my head for a while.

First, thinking back to the last semester…even though it was a great and pretty interesting semester, I have wondered whether the outcome could’ve been different, for better or for worse, and…in my opinion, the answer is certainly yes, albeit not in a very significant way. It would’ve been interesting to write a blog entry discussing the last semester in an alternate timeline where certain things change, but…when thinking about this harder I concluded that it would not have impacted the overall experience of the semester in a significant or drastic way.

As an example, let’s say, in an alternate timeline the twelfth person in my international business negotiations class did not drop out during the add/drop period and hence the decision of a certain someone to join my group doesn’t happen, the semester overall would’ve not been much different, although my group’s presentation on July 3rd might have been shortened or simplified somewhat, in order to accommodate the fact that there are only three people in my group instead of four in the real timeline.

As another example…suppose that the science club field trip on June 23rd didn’t happen, I.E no spot opens up at all leading up to the day of the trip. In this scenario, just like the first example, the semester overall would not change much, just that the experience is somewhat worse compared to the real timeline due to the failure to secure a place on a club trip in this alternate timeline.

What about changes that would result in the last semester being better? Well, I honestly can’t think of anything that, if changed, would result in the semester as a whole being better compared to the real timeline. Even if, let’s say, in an alternate timeline I sent in the payment for the science club trip in time and managed to book my spot right on time, the overall experience of the semester doesn’t change much, just that the week or so of uncertainty does not happen in this alternate timeline.

The next thing that have been floating around recently is…life simulation games. Recently, I came across a life simulation game for iOS, called The Life Simulator. After trying it out, I found it to be quite interesting, but also pretty addictive. This game, as the name implies, basically lets you simulate real life by making key decisions in terms of education, work and whatnot. But after a while, it gets pretty boring as it’s basically just the same sort of things – study, and then after completing high school and college educations, work.

Although life simulation games aim to provide a realistic simulation of human life, there is one crucial thing that is missing, and that is the influence of external events, namely political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental factors (I.E PESTLE). These games assume that these variables remain constant and hence have no influence in human life, but I think I can understand why PESTLE factors are not included in these games, namely because it can be pretty complicated. How would you implement an economic recession, natural disasters like floods, earthquakes or storms, political unrest or war into the game? But that doesn’t mean that these games completely ignore all the technological advances in the real world. In The Life Simulator, for example, drive for Uber is actually a job that can be done, and on one occasion, the game Pokemon Go is mentioned when the mother dies. Both Uber and Pokemon Go are recent technological inventions.

So…yeah, I guess that’s it for now…

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