Have you ever been so deep in a video game environment that you thought, "Gee, I’d like to live in that world" even as you repeatedly pumped lead into horde after horde of zombies or realized you were surrounded by sword-wielding pandas? Well, here are just a few of the video game towns that would make great places to call “home” (along with a few reasons why you shouldn’t pack up and head there just yet)…
Super Mario World
Reasons to Live There: Perhaps the best municipal plumbing system in the world, money so readily available all you have to do is jump and suffer a mild concussion, and a world of such wondrous sights and creatures it’s like "Alice in Wonderland" without the English accents or heavily-armed playing cards.
Reason Not To: This is what reality would seem like if you had a permanent 106-degree fever and thought even the plants were out to kill you.
Reasons to Live There: A vast variety of terrains—tundra, forest, mountains, highlands—means you will never get bored or be unable to impress friends when they visit. The economy is robust thanks to many professions that end with the suffix "smithing" or "mead provider. " The people are large and healthy, the architecture majestic and magical, and every city in Skyrim sounds like a track listing from a Celtic music compilation
Reason Not To: It’s basically the Middle Ages, so prepare to drop dead from tooth decay or from living past the age of 14.
Reasons to Live There: Like living in New York City without the high cost of living in New York City, without everyone automatically hating you because you come from New York City, and with being able to actually drive around New York City instead of being stuck on a subway platform for 30 minutes at 3 AM desperately trying not to make eye contact with anyone.
Reason Not To: Unless the career objective on your resume reads "Find Hooker, " "Kill Hooker" and "Repeat," you’re not exactly going to be proud of what you do to make ends meet here.
Reasons to Live There: Beautiful, almost untouched nature wherever you turn, a chance to start over with any name you desire, a horse to call your own (or also whatever name you desire), and people who understand what you’re thinking even when you don’t say a single word.
Reason Not To: You will never meet a land full of more chatty, demanding, outright helpless individuals in your entire life.
Reasons to Live There: Revisit the ultimate freedom and sense of adventure by forever wandering the wide open spaces of the Old West just before it’s taken over by such modern inventions as automobiles, machine guns, and those fancy new shovels that can bury upwards of six bullet-ridden, dehydrated corpses found being picked apart by vultures in the desert.
Reason Not To: In the Old West you pretty much had three options: be an outlaw, chase after outlaws, or just drink until your heart pumped cheap whiskey watered down with turpentine and gun powder.
Reasons to Live There: Sure, there are no awe-inspiring views, no people to speak of (or to), the décor looks like a bachelor pad after everything has been sold for meth, and you’re being chased by ghosts who look like demonic scrubbing bubbles. But there’s food EVERYWHERE, you occasionally get to be invincible, the layout keeps changing, and sometimes in intermission you get kissed by a girl Pac-Man (or what might turn out to be just you in drag).
Reason Not To: If you ever wondered what it would be like to be trapped inside a mall after all the stores are closed and zombies somehow got in through the back door of an American Eagle, this is it.
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