When you begin to play Portal you wake up in a room, a robot tells you some stuff but you really have no idea what’s going on. Without any direction or motivation, you move on.
In Pokemon, you begin the game by being told that you must now work to become a Pokemon master. With limited direction and no real motivation other than to become a Pokemon Master, you head to town after town scratching and clawing at a greater quest.
When is the last time you let your curiosity drive you?
Video games satisfy our curiosity. When you begin a video game you go up against enemies that you don’t know how to defeat and you walk undiscovered lands. When is that last time you discovered something?
I recently had a craving for adventure. I don’t really know what motivated me but I needed to get out of the house. There is a forest by my house and I decided to strap on my hiking boots and take a walk with no real direction or purpose.
I walked the forest and discovered a branch out of place. Walking by a tree I noticed a branch sticking out of the center of the tree and thought it was very odd. I pulled it out and there was a string attached to it. I followed the string into the stump of the tree and there just happened to be a box! Inside was a sea shell, a pen and a piece of paper. The paper had a list of items that had been left behind in the box before the sea shell, and the dates these items were left.
I had literally discovered loot in an open world, but this one wasn’t virtual.
It was a simple discovery that gave me this surge of happiness.
When you satisfy your curiosity, you’re actually activating the reward circuits of the brain. When we “kill the cat” we’re actually rewarding ourselves! Not to mention that people who satisfy these areas of the brain are better at learning and remembering new information.
To live a more gameful life, don’t be afraid to kill the cat. That is, let your curiosity drive you forward. It might be uncomfortable at first but it’s when we travel outside of our comfort zone, that is when amazing things start to happen.
Maybe next time curiosity will drive me into a free Lamborghini.
For more information on curiosity and our brains visit: http://www.healthline.com/health-news/curiosity-boosts-learning-and-memory-100214#4