Archive for May, 2008

Reality Versus Virtual Reality

May 26, 2008

Just got back from a motorcycle industry event in San Diego where I  got into a discussion with my friend Ty from Discover Today’s Motorcycling, a man whose job it is to promote the two-wheeled lifestyle in the media (now there’s a tough gig).

In the course of our conversation, he mentioned one of the biggest challenges he faces is how to get kids—and many adults too—to turn off the TV, put down the video game controllers, and get outside and throw their legs over a bike.

Which immediately made me think of one of our Guiding Principles here at Xtrord.com:

Reality kicks virtual reality’s butt every time!

Now, admittedly, I’m biased. I grew up in an era when pinball machines were considered high-tech entertainment and have never really gotten into the whole video game thing. But I’ve taken friends’ computer games for a whirl and have even been roped into competing in a casual Wii tournament. And let me just say I’m not impressed with any of it.

You see, I’m convinced that once you’ve experienced the real thing—flying your owner fighter in an honest-to-goodness dogfight or driving a purpose-built racecar around a tight road course, to name just two examples—then sitting on the couch manipulating a bunch of on-screen electrons witwith your thumbs just isn’t going to cut it anymore.

So here’s my suggestion—turn off the TV, put your computer to sleep.  Dream up and do your own adventures instead of watching someone else’s on your TV or computer screen.  I’m betting you’ll be glad you did.