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    More: Cool, subconscious, lucid dreams, gamers, social environment, Jayne Gackenbach  
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2014-01-21 02:08:05 PM
I dream about video games a lot. They help me sleep and keep away the demons of real life that are always threatening to keep me awake. They make for fine dreams.

Unless it's Candy Crush Saga, and then I am doomed.
 
2014-01-21 02:17:52 PM
cl.jroo.me
 
2014-01-21 03:36:15 PM
I've had vivid video game dreams before, and once in a great while, I think that I have done something in a game only to realize I had only dreamed about doing it.  My wife, on the other hand, this morning told me she dreamed that she was strong armed into going on something called a "math cruise" which she was promised was a lot of fun.  Apparently it wasn't.
 
2014-01-21 03:36:37 PM
When I started having dreams that took place within the context of an MMO that I played, I knew it was time to cut back.
 
2014-01-21 03:37:58 PM
One of my more serious problems is my dreams terminating before I have managed to attain every achievement.
 
2014-01-21 03:38:23 PM
When I was 11 years old, I had a very intense and traumatic fever-induced dream about being stuck inside the Star Trek: 25th Anniversary game on NES. Wandering around for hours, yelling at Spock.

ts3.mm.bing.net

Just looking at it still gives me shivers.
 
2014-01-21 03:39:44 PM
Yep, once I notice the lack of gravity it's Quake2 Lithium time. Used to go over maps when falling asleep.

Fast hook FTW.
 
2014-01-21 03:41:02 PM
I've had strange dreams before about running from wasps in rooms full of mirrors, outsmarting little girls with pointy knives and cannibalistic soccer balls, then it degenerated into swinging from vines over roasted turkeys with gnashing teeth. Needless to say, I passed that dream on as an idea for a video game until an Amiga representative stopped by and informed me they already made a game like that.
 
2014-01-21 03:44:46 PM
I've had RTS dreams where all the units are toys and I'm walking among them, directing the various squads to go one direction or another.
 
2014-01-21 03:46:09 PM
the other night I dreamt I was in a pretty decent 2d side scroller.

/even saved the princess
 
2014-01-21 03:49:12 PM
Hardcore gamers have the best hardcore dreams

FTFY
 
2014-01-21 03:49:28 PM
In the future they will discover than playing games is one of the healthiest mental activity one could engage in next to ballroom dancing.
 
2014-01-21 03:49:48 PM
If I'm having trouble sleeping, I start reviewing my strategy for my latest Civ 5 game.  I don't know about dreaming, but it sure helps me nod off.
 
2014-01-21 03:51:25 PM
I found that QT Cheeseburger rollers, after rolling for several hours and consumed briefly before bed, produce the best dreams I can consistently stir up. Very Inception-y, the details are pretty damned good with plenty of HDR views, architecture with a lot of Z-axis action, dynamic weather and business ideas I'd love to test out. I was conscious enough to find myself thinking "I wish I had my DSLR camera on me".
 
2014-01-21 03:52:37 PM
I just beat Splinter Cell Blacklist and dreamed about probably 4 or 5 times during the time I was playing it, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

/rarely had ammo in my dreams
 
2014-01-21 03:52:58 PM
Yeah, had occasions when younger and was stuck on a game and solved the problem in a dream only to have the solution work IRL as well.

Of course, then you have the mishmash ones as well, like a FIFA FPS.  Went on a soccer tourney trip to South America and a storm came, then we had to run across the island being pursued by bad guys.  Many bad guys were killed, climaxing on a cliff in a lightning storm.... like a final boss.

/dream story bro
 
2014-01-21 03:53:35 PM
Once in a while, I dream in Starcraft, although I haven't played the game for years. When my mind realizes there's something Starcraft-like going on, it usually goes into some sort of panic mode.

I don't know who or where my opponent is. How come? Where are my workers? Make more! Send more! Where are my barracks? Why am I not already building a factory? I'm lagging behind! I don't know what's going on! I'm gonna lose! Why am I not building more stuff?!?

And then I wake up somehow stressed up...
 
2014-01-21 03:55:32 PM

Crudbucket: When I was 11 years old, I had a very intense and traumatic fever-induced dream about being stuck inside the Star Trek: 25th Anniversary game on NES. Wandering around for hours, yelling at Spock.

[ts3.mm.bing.net image 300x281]

Just looking at it still gives me shivers.


The only Star Trek related property I've ever thrown away.
 
2014-01-21 03:56:22 PM
I replayed the Half Life series on the weekend and I've been dreaming about crawling through air ducts and head-crab zombies.
 
2014-01-21 04:00:32 PM
Based on what I have read about this, and combined with anecdotal evidence of comparing my dreams to others this seems to be the case. After most of a life of playing video games it's rare for me to have a "scary" dream where I don't wind up picking up a BFG or jumping in a battlemech and just destroying the bad guy du nuit

Sadly my over consumption of porn has not had a similar effect.
 
2014-01-21 04:04:24 PM
I once fought a dragon in a dream Skyrim-style, complete with pausing while I chugged some potions.
 
2014-01-21 04:04:36 PM

Crudbucket: When I was 11 years old, I had a very intense and traumatic fever-induced dream about being stuck inside the Star Trek: 25th Anniversary game on NES. Wandering around for hours, yelling at Spock.

[ts3.mm.bing.net image 300x281]

Just looking at it still gives me shivers.


I had the computer version and while I don't remember it looking quite that low def I think it was called the same thing.  I can still hear that goddam monotone "nothing happens" as you click every bit of the screen trying to figure out what you're supposed to do.  At some point long after I had given up on the game, I read some walkthrough of how you got 100% federation morality points or whatever and it was ridiculously convoluted.  Space battles were fun though.
 
2014-01-21 04:06:58 PM
I hate that "math cruise" dream. They promise you math but then they spend the entire cruise trying to sell you time share on a condo in Tampa Bay.
 
2014-01-21 04:10:17 PM
img.fark.net
 
2014-01-21 04:18:47 PM
I'd say so upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-01-21 04:20:01 PM
I'm not a hardcore gamer but I get video game dreams once in awhile and they're always cool.
 
2014-01-21 04:20:59 PM
City Of Heroes dreams were the best video game dreams.   Just flying around or super leaping from place to place.   The best.
 
2014-01-21 04:24:47 PM

viscountalpha: I'd say so [upload.wikimedia.org image 480x360]


reminds me, I still need to finish Child of Eden.  Man, both Rez and Eden are trippy as hell games.
 
2014-01-21 04:25:29 PM

red5ish: I hate that "math cruise" dream. They promise you math but then they spend the entire cruise trying to sell you time share on a condo in Tampa Bay.


Ironically, this would actually be more enjoyable for my wife.  She, her sister and their mother used to occasionally go on those super cheap trips you get for sitting through a timeshare sales pitch, with no intention of buying.  Apparently putting the guy through his paces wasn't just worth the trip, but amusing by itself.  I went with them once and I had to leave the meeting, the stink of desperation that clung to that sales guy was just plain sad.  The diagrams the guy drew were quite amusing though.  Wonder how many idiots fall for it.
 
2014-01-21 04:37:32 PM
Dreams about sex are best when you never have actual sex so this isn't surprising.
 
2014-01-21 04:38:42 PM
Among her other findings, Gackenbach has noted that gamers tend to have more "bizarre" dreams - those that include far-fetched or impossible scenarios, like imaginary characters or space travel - than their peers.

That I can buy, but the wording may be awkward.  Imaginary characters and impossible scenarios?  You can get that from reading a book or watching an opera too.  Your dreams often reflect things in your waking world, so if your waking world involves fictions of any kind, you're likely to dream of them at some point.  If you do a lot of gaming, you'll dream of games or scenarios.  If you do a lot of exercise, your dreams will involve skills you need to perform.

Games would be another point of data for your brain to blend into your dreams, like work, your commute, even dinner.  When I was playing a lot of WoW, I would sometimes dream of Orgimmar, or come up with solutions to a dungeon.  Similarly, when my mom died, I dreamt a lot of her dying - dreaming of your mother being embalmed and the process involved is not a way to start the day.  Personally, I'd take the impossible scenarios over the mundane dreams.
 
2014-01-21 04:43:25 PM
www.mmocarts.com
 
2014-01-21 04:50:14 PM
I dont dream about video games that i can recall, but tv bleeds into my dreams if i fall asleep with it on. Ive woken up plenty of time from dreams that were tied to what was in at the time. Last night it was Attack on Titan on Netflix and I dreamt i was being chased by a 15m tall naked giant when I woke out of it. Disconcerting to say the least.

/csb
 
2014-01-21 04:52:15 PM
img.fark.net
 
2014-01-21 04:59:19 PM
Are people who have lucid dreams more likely to become hardcore gamers or is the reverse true? The question isn't answered by TFS.

cgraves67: When I started having dreams that took place within the context of an MMO that I played, I knew it was time to cut back.


Heh, same here but I've always had lucid dreams.  When I worked night shift I used to fall asleep to CNBC now those were some interesting dreams.
 
2014-01-21 05:04:07 PM
I've found myself dreaming in League of Legends. I'm way better in my dreams.
 
2014-01-21 05:04:26 PM

Duck_of_Doom: When I was playing a lot of WoW, I would sometimes dream of Orgimmar, or come up with solutions to a dungeon.


I haven't played WoW in over a year, and I still occasionally have a WoW dream. Terrokar Forrest, of all places, crops up pretty frequently.

/Burning Crusade dreams are the best expansion dreams
//No, not really
 
2014-01-21 05:08:18 PM

Tranquil Hegemony: I once fought a dragon in a dream Skyrim-style, complete with pausing while I chugged some potions.


Did it glitch out afterwards?
 
2014-01-21 05:16:49 PM

Crudbucket: When I was 11 years old, I had a very intense and traumatic fever-induced dream about being stuck inside the Star Trek: 25th Anniversary game on NES. Wandering around for hours, yelling at Spock.

[ts3.mm.bing.net image 300x281]

Just looking at it still gives me shivers.


lol, me too.
 
2014-01-21 05:22:05 PM

Dahnkster: [cl.jroo.me image 509x640]


GAAAAAAAH!
 
2014-01-21 05:26:24 PM
I don't dream about video games. I dream about D&D campaigns. Also, if I've been working too long on a project
without sleep, I tend to dream in code.
 
2014-01-21 05:29:01 PM
A short while back I found myself dreaming about running through an old, abandoned house, full of peeling wallpaper and dusty old rooms. I was actually disappointed when, no matter how many rooms I explored, I didn't run into a single Bubble Head Nurse, Mannequin, or Pyramid Head.

I have a lot of video game dreams and am a lucid dreamer. I also can't remember the last time I had a nightmare.
 
2014-01-21 05:35:13 PM
I know city of Heroes made it easier for me to throw/shoot fire in my lucid and semi-lucid dreams.

/... I miss that game.
//Paragon Server for life!
 
2014-01-21 05:41:34 PM

Zombie Butler: Are people who have lucid dreams more likely to become hardcore gamers or is the reverse true? The question isn't answered by TFS.


I've been lucid dreaming since before I knew about video games.

/hardcore gamer
 
2014-01-21 05:51:59 PM

Zombie Butler: When I worked night shift I used to fall asleep to CNBC now those were some interesting dreams.


I once took a nap while the White House daily press briefing was on, and dreamed I was sleeping on a sofa in the press room during the briefing. When it was over, Ari Fleischer hit on me. So I guess gamers can have nightmares after all.
 
2014-01-21 06:01:25 PM
I used to get dreams based on video games, but now that most of the games I play are on mobile phone I can only get the dreams through a 99p microtransaction inside the game.
 
2014-01-21 06:15:54 PM
This just seems like garbage. "Maybe nightmares train us to deal with situations...so games are like, replacing nightmares...."

I mean, maybe the research is actually really technical and airtight and the guy's most retarded quote was isolated to make him seem like a quack, but that seems like REALLY soft logic.

Also, I'm a super hardcore gamer and I still have regular old, plain jane nightmares: ie my wife is cheating on me with a clown, my teeth are all falling out, i bought a cobra, took it home, and it escaped. Video games have no impact on those.

That said, I do have a lot of lucid dreams, and I also tend to remember my dreams for at least 24 hours.
 
2014-01-21 06:22:31 PM
I went through a phase where I played (too much) Call of Duty (Modern Warfare 3) so much I would dream about being in those locations.

I was actually running around the multiplayer maps.  Not shooting people, just normal things.  But I was in fake places!

I've also dreamt about meeting King of the Hill characters and never questioned the fact they were cartoons in a "real" world.
 
2014-01-21 06:23:54 PM
I remember when I was a kid I had a dream about megaman X, which I was playing through at the time. In the dream I collected multiple heart tanks, these are hidden throughout the levels and I had not found them previously. The next morning, I woke up and immediately checked the places in the level that I had visited in the dream, and there WERE in fact heart tanks their.

Funny how the brain can seemingly work out problems and extrapolate subconsciously.

/end csb
 
2014-01-21 06:32:42 PM
That's funny. I lucid dream quite often, and I can pause and rewind my dreams to make different choices if I don't like what my first choice has wrought. I also at one point played games for at least two hours a day (more like four or five in college at some points - college was mostly games, drinking, and sex in between classes and my job) and I have been playing since I was young enough to enjoy Bowling on the Atari 2600.

It's cool to think that there might be a connection.
 
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