Freeway Fury: over-representation of determination
How much control do we have of our own lives? Whilst languishing in peak hour traffic, sitting unmoving on free-ways and highways our sense of frustration exponentially increases because on some level, we know that our control has been taken away from us.
I’m not simply referring to traffic jams being the source of the anguish, but rather the reminder that we are being made late for something, an unwilling engagement that had we the choice, we would probably not keep. However, we must work, we must study, we must reach our destination, despite our unwillingness we are, we persevere and complete the task. Why do we do this? Are we slaves to routine or just need to keep busy, perhaps a discourse for another game to explore.
Yet sitting in traffic, we are prevented from this inevitability of our lives. We cant just grind our teeth and get it over and done with, like a band-aid; we can’t just rip it off.
So what recourse do we have? We sit, we fume, we wait impotently for traffic to clear.
This game isn’t just about dodging peak hour traffic to get to your destination, if it were, certainly it wouldn’t be as noteworthy as it is. Instead this game allows you to switch your vehicle, not just into the lives of others but also in order to clear a path and get to your destination unmolested and untouched by the forced confinement of our vehicles. You literally get to break out of your metaphysical metal shell and embrace the danger of defiance.
At it’s heart, this game explores a fundamental aspect of the modern existential quandary, it explores the question we all ask ourselves: Do I remain here, where I am in my current circumstances, or do I take a risk, take the plunge and hope for something better? Do I stay the course, or do I throw caution to the wind?
Change is difficult for us to handle, which in itself presents a strange dichotomy because change is fundamental to our existence. We need to adapt, we need to change in order to survive. If we don’t, we deteriorate, we become complacent and over-confident. This in history is what causes us to make that critical mistake and in nature, would cost us our lives.
Yet this game turns this on its head and reverses it because it is safer to stay within the confines of your car than risk a misjudged jump and fail. Mind you, if you choose the safe path and stay within your own vehicle, you’ll lose, but at least stay alive. Certainly, a lesson for all of us wasting our lives away in menial brain numbing jobs that we all hate.
This game reinforces a core lesson in life that we must all learn. Sometimes, to win the game we have to take risks. But it goes further because reckless and crazy risks will always lose the game for you, but calculated and critical point decisions, especially when they are made well will most often lead to a rewarding change, like switching from a slow moving truck to a speedy little sports car.
But, herein lies my dilemma with this game. This lesson or this exploration that the game allows us to experience isn’t one that we have conscious control over. More importantly, it isn’t one that we can change. Our entire species is born of competitive change, survival of the fittest. This games origins are fundamentally Darwinian in nature, so in a way I object to the name of “Free-way” Fury.
Still great fun and good at wasting those spare minutes at work.
Explore this self determination of free will right here.