Suburban Warrior Syndrome
Article discussing the popularity of fantasy and sci-fi based video games.

Excerpt:
Why the surge in popularity? Legendary sociologist Norbert Elias suggested that in an increasingly structured society, fantasy books, games and movies create arenas for the "controlled decontrolling" of emotions. It's not socially acceptable to duel that surly human resources director with a stapler gun at 20 paces, and destroying a castle with a trebuchet isn't an option for the average white-collar worker. Instead, against a backdrop of magic and myth, heroic fantasy allows us to prove our mettle by saving some parallel world from easily identifiable bad guys.


Reminds me of this book.
Link: Suburban Warrior
ROUS  Annette Collins, Monday, 10-10-05 10:05 AM
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