Lesson #2: Looting corpses is a crucial survival skill.

This is one of the most important lessons of the media. It is abound in television and films. Whenever someone dies, one must search the body for important goods, primarily weapons and ammunition. At a minimum, one must pickup a gun from the dead body. This applies to all sorts of people, especially police officers, FBI agents, and criminals. However, I believe television is trying to tell me that if I end up in a situation where I’m around a dead body, it’s best to pick up a gun regardless of who I am. It’s better to be safe than sorry, but that’s a different lesson. Even cute little WALL-E looted items off the corpses of his dead robot counterparts to survive in the post-apocalyptic world.

The media considers this such an important lesson that it created training programs to teach us the gravity of remembering to pick up items from dead bodies, namely video games. In video games, people are scored on their ability to scavenge from the dead. We practice this so unrelentingly that we hopefully will remember to do it in a real crisis situation. In video games we learn that the dead do not just have ammunition and guns, but also food, diaries that help explain crazy events, strange pills and syringes, money, tools, magic potions, and even tape recorders. The next time that I find myself in a chaotic, near-death experience, I know who to find for help: The guy who scored highest in Bioshock.

Don't kill a Little Sister in Bioshock! But if you do, you can loot her.

Don't kill a Little Sister in Bioshock! But if you do, you can loot her.

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2 responses to “Lesson #2: Looting corpses is a crucial survival skill.

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