The Matrix series, a blockbuster science-fiction, can aid reason about our real world interactions with virtual world. Primary concept of the series revolves around two parallel worlds: ‘The Matrix’ and real world. Many people live in such parallel lives. One such comparison can be drawn with hardcore game players, who live two lives: one in the real world, and second in the virtual game world. Analogous to The Matrix series there are consequences in the real world for the game players for their extensive involvement in their virtual world.
Neo, the lead character, and most of the other characters in the movie are all liberated from virtual world, called Matrix, to live their real life. Contrarily, a game player wants to get involved in the virtual world. They strive for extraordinary powers in this virtual world and achieve it through games.
In the movie there is a constant struggle going on both the worlds. It is a war between good and evil. Actions of one world have consequence in the other world. Though, direct not evident there is also a connection between the virtual world and the real world. It is the mind which also acts as connecter in the movie, and makes them real. When a player starts playing the game, he gets mentally involved. This connection makes his the virtual world a real world.
But there is a contradiction, yet analogy in the manner in which the series ends and manner in which the obsession of these hardcore game players ends. Neo fight against the evil program in the virtual world and dies in both worlds. Contradictorily, in video games the players never die and always emerge as winner. Games are designed to make everyone a winner. But, a player dies in real world. A player has invested a significant energy and time in playing this game. There are incidents wherein players gets so much involved in playing the game that they lose in real world, they lost their house, jobs, careers and friends in real world. All they are left is the virtual world which does no good to for them.
Even though, most hardcore game players would not agree with this, but there is a direct or indirect connection between their fantasied virtual world and the real world. There is a price attached to their involvement in virtual world; they will have to pay in real world. Neo fought and won an extreme battle in virtual world, yet he died in real world.