Serious Gaming.

I’ve been playing a game on PC called Skyrim.

It’s a role playing game with some heavy choices to make.

In it I have (as my character) done things I’m not particularly proud of.

Theft. Betrayal. Cannibalism.

I even teamed up with criminals to break out of jail,

then killed all of those criminals once I was free.

In gaming I’ve never questioned my deeds in the past.

Super Mario Bros. never made me consider the consequences

of running through sewers high on ‘shrooms,

and stomping live creatures in the pursuit of getting some.

But now I do think of the consequences of my actions 20+ years later.

I want my battleaxe-wielding orc to be a somewhat decent person,

in spite of being a skilled lock-picker and adept manipulator.

But I’m comforted by the fact that I know that in real life,

I can solve most of my problems without decapitation.

Example.

Parents of teens may get this.

"I asked the kid to take out the garbage, but because he had his friends over he decided to ignore me to look cool for them. He even had the nerve to say, ‘Whatever. I’ll do it later,’ when I asked him a second time, because he thinks I won’t cuss him out in front of his friends.”

You could also say this:

"I asked the kid to take out the garbage, but because he had his friends over he was feeling himself and showed his ass, because he thinks I won’t cuss him out in front of his friends.”

When one is “feeling their self” it means they are prone to act boldly.

When one “shows their ass” they are acting out of place.