The Power Of Video Game Suggestion - Mmmm, Eggs

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Since playing through Metal Gear Solid IV, I've gone through a dozen eggs a week. I never used to eat this many eggs, but there I am, nearly every morning, cracking open fresh ones into a hot frying pan, pausing to watch the egg white turn from translucent to opaque, humming a little song to myself. Hell, I never really ate eggs sunny side up before the damn game came out. I was a scramblin' man. Quick, easy, no fuss. What has this stupid game done to me? Is this an isolated case, or have you folks ever found yourself eating, drinking, or doing things a certain way after seeing it in a game? I'm not talking purchasing large baskets of Axe deodorant due to an in-game ad here - we've all done that. I'm talking more subtle things here. Going on a fresh fruit kick after a Pac-Man marathon, or getting really into curry after watching the marathon curry cutscene in Xenosaga II? How much power do video games have over our daily habits? If only we had a comments section in which to discuss such things.

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It changes how I talk, oddly enough. Not just slang I might unintentionally add to my vocabulary (I only recently stopped saying "mein gott"), but my actual manner of speech. I may talk with a more pointed, concise pattern, where I am no nonsense and clear or I may speak with new pauses in sentences, where I might emphasize more, almost to the point of sounding like Captain Kirk (a lot of the time this influence is from villains though, as I seem to identify with them more; weird, eh?). My voice will also change, subtly though. I get slight accent changes and the like. Games can also change how I think. In essence, it's as if I have a malleable subconscious, but not so much as to make me kill anyone yet though, so don't fret.

@Krondonian: Haha, sadly, that was actually my first exposure to sushi. Little did I know, spicy sushi doesn't make you dance around and flash red.

@questworld: There's usually a moral conflict when violence is involved, so for now I'll say cracking eggs and cracking skulls aren't interchangeable.

@Danarcho: Spy sappin mah creamer?

@Kenofthedead: And with that I instantly think of Willy Wonka. I want to go watch that now...