Well, I have a little time to be a nerd this afternoon, so here goes...
Does Demigod make the world a better place?
Believe it or not, Demigod made me a better human being. Other Demigod fanatics have so too. Every game is accepted except video games in our society.
No. And why would it? Competitive team games bring out the worst in human beings, which aren't perfect in the first place. It does make the world a bit more interesting, though.
The world really is fuked up if there are people who think a computer game can make the world a better place...
However is it wrong to point out small communities that better themselves interacting in a video game and communicating with each other? It's not just Demigod we are talking about, the entire gaming industry eventually? Does that not bring a lot of happiness and interest to the people that are able to play/watch video games? For instance, the worldcup unites the world or the olympics, no wars are allowed. You don't think video games could reach that point as well?
I wouldnt want the world to become such place. The world cup come actually does bring people together and not just in a virtual reality like games do. We live in a world where there are enough of that crap as it is dont need to enourage people to spend even more time in this virtual world. It might make people happy but its just all an illusion.
I think that covers all the replies that had anything to do with the question "does Demigod make the world a better place?" Here's my take.
I'm pretty much on the same page as In1 (see quote above). I don't really think Demigod makes the world all that better. It's safe to say that we've all had some fun and frustration with the game, but I don't believe its improved my quality of life, made me a better human being, etc. I've made some friends that I'll try to keep in contact with, etc, and my life is enriched by that in some way. I've also met some folks that made my life more difficult when going through rough times (3 close family members dying, for instance). Overall, I certainly enjoyed my time in Demigod land.
I'll go on into a little more detail on a relevant path. Demigod is a competitive game. The logical goal being to become the best you can and compete - perhaps getting better. So, let's say I become the best there is at the game. What do I gain? The admiration, apathy, respect, and/or spite of the community. Being excellent would perhaps enable me to win some of the few tournaments we had, which would provide me with a very modest financial gain. And perhaps I'd have a feeling of accomplishment for having risen to the top. So, if you just take it at that, I've earned a little money (eg non sustainable income), I have an ego boost at being excellent, and perhaps my confidence encourages me all the more to pursue other games in the assumption that I will likely rise to the top there as well. So, did any of that make the world a better place? No... not really. Odds are the only thing I've inspired other folks to do is to try to improve their game enough to beat me.
So, that said, perhaps Demigod might make your individual view on the world a better place (eg if you are the champ, then all I said above is true for you), but it really doesn't do much for others. Unless, of course, during the time in those long lobby waits, etc, you go the more social route and develop relationships and friendships with other people. Then you might have something that will last and could be beneficial to more than yourself.
And on the random side, as apparently I'm really into the tempest for some odd reason...
You do look, my son, in a moved sort, As if you were dismay'd: be cheerful, sir. Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Ye all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.