During Gamer, there were about three times when the player who had control of Kable’s wife was shown participating in Society. This individual is very obese and doesn’t seem to care about his own physical appearance whatsoever, and only cares about his player and what she is going to do. The only pleasures that he has is through her and her experiences in the game. He has no concern with the real world as you can see due to his physical appearance of being overweight and looking like he hasn’t showered in weeks. In my opinion, this is the main point of the movie, that if we continue to have a society that is so involved in videogames, it could get to a point like this in the movie where players just have a real life version of the videogame Sims. With the way that videogames have evolved in the last ten years from the basic Playstation 1 to the XBOX 1, which has made technological advancements by leaps and bounds, it is hard not to wonder what these gaming systems will be like in ten, twenty, fifty years down the road. Could we get to the point of basing our lives around these games like they do in the movie? Heidegger’s writings about The Question Concerning Technology try and make this point that technology has the potential to take our society to this point if we don’t use it correctly. “Modern Technology too is a means to an end” comes straight from his research, and in Gamer, the way that individuals live their lives is truly an ending of the society we live in today. Nobody cares about their jobs, social life, family, and all other aspects of life because they are just able to experience pleasures through the game. Heidegger says that we also have the potential to use technology in a positive way of life so that it wouldn’t be our own demise. However his fears of technology are directly proportionanant and portrayed in Gamer to a T. There really are no ways that technology was used in Gamer to a positive, but how could it be? If this game was created and brought into our society, what if we didn’t get as involved in it and praise it as much as they do in the movie? Maybe it could help people with problems in their regular life. They could possibly use it to improve their social skills. Maybe they could even use it as practice on a date or an interview. These are the types of positives that Heidegger mentions we have the potential to have, but we must achieve in order for technology to make us better
The movie gets involved narrative and technology by making an individual experience a different lifestyle, like a story, through the eyes of a different person as their character. In the film, it definitely is a negative as society takes a turn for the worst and worships this game like it is a religion. I think the film somewhat mocks how our society is obsessed with videogames. There are thousands of people across the nation of both sexes and of all ages that are constantly living their life through Call of Duty or Halo characters. The movie just takes it to such an extreme as it demonstrates with the obese character that plays as Kable’s wife. It is very possible that our society could become advanced enough to help a sort of online player such as in the movie Gamer, however we must not take it to such a degree as the fans do in the movie.