So you pull up your game console or log in on your computer and you’re there in another realm. Maybe you’re there alone, intent on battling through the enemies or solving the puzzles on your own. Maybe you’re there with friends—physically next to you on the couch or virtually next to you via the magic of the Internet—and you’re all working together to take on risks and overcome challenges. Whatever the format, whatever your preferred mode of playing, you’re immersed. For the next five minutes or five hours (or five days, no judgment!), your thoughts and actions are focused upon a virtual world built by human hands.

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