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Note that despite all of the above, escapism is [[TropesAreTools not inherently a bad thing]] -- as the saying goes, "all things in moderation": Too much escapism leads to more problems, while too little escapism can leave you with a lot of stress and potentially makes you less productive (among other worse things). So it is wise to keep all things balanced, both with your RealLife routines and life, and with your escapisms.

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Note that despite all of the above, escapism is [[TropesAreTools [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools not inherently a bad thing]] -- as the saying goes, "all things in moderation": Too much escapism leads to more problems, while too little escapism can leave you with a lot of stress and potentially makes you less productive (among other worse things). So it is wise to keep all things balanced, both with your RealLife routines and life, and with your escapisms.


* ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns''. In the Dragonfall campaign, you can regularly talk "[[MeaningfulName Simmy]]" Kim, a woman who is addicted to a "Better Than Life" sims. She will eventually tell you that [[spoiler: she got hooked on them at the advice of Monika as a means of coping with having suffered a miscarriage that left her sterile]]. [[VideoGameCaringPotential You can help wean her off of them]] by being supportive.

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* ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns''. In the Dragonfall campaign, you can regularly talk to "[[MeaningfulName Simmy]]" Kim, a woman who is addicted to a "Better Than Life" sims. She will eventually tell you that [[spoiler: she got hooked on them at the advice of Monika as a means of coping with having suffered a miscarriage that left her sterile]]. [[VideoGameCaringPotential You can help wean her off of them]] by being supportive.


* ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns''. In the Dragonfall campaign, you can regularly talk "[[MeaningfulNickname Simmy]]" Kim, a woman who is addicted to a "Better Than Life" sims. She will eventually tell you that [[spoiler: she got hooked on them at the advice of Monika as a means of coping with having suffered a miscarriage that left her sterile]]. [[VideoGameCaringPotential You can help wean her off of them]] by being supportive.

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* ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns''. In the Dragonfall campaign, you can regularly talk "[[MeaningfulNickname "[[MeaningfulName Simmy]]" Kim, a woman who is addicted to a "Better Than Life" sims. She will eventually tell you that [[spoiler: she got hooked on them at the advice of Monika as a means of coping with having suffered a miscarriage that left her sterile]]. [[VideoGameCaringPotential You can help wean her off of them]] by being supportive.


* ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns''. In the Dragonfall campaign, you can regularly talk to a woman who is addicted to a virtual reality. She will eventually tell you that this virtual reality makes her feel brave, to which you can reply that 'it is better to be brave in real life'. Yes, have fun with your real life, alone in dirty, dark cyberpunk Berlin.

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* ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns''. In the Dragonfall campaign, you can regularly talk to "[[MeaningfulNickname Simmy]]" Kim, a woman who is addicted to a virtual reality. "Better Than Life" sims. She will eventually tell you that this virtual reality makes her feel brave, to which you can reply [[spoiler: she got hooked on them at the advice of Monika as a means of coping with having suffered a miscarriage that 'it is better to be brave in real life'. Yes, have fun with your real life, alone in dirty, dark cyberpunk Berlin.left her sterile]]. [[VideoGameCaringPotential You can help wean her off of them]] by being supportive.


* ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns''. In the Dragonfall DLC, you can regularly talk to a woman who is addicted to a virtual reality. She will eventually tell you that this virtual reality makes her feel brave, to which you can reply that 'it is better to be brave in real life'. Yes, have fun with your real life, alone in dirty, dark cyberpunk Berlin.

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* ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns''. In the Dragonfall DLC, campaign, you can regularly talk to a woman who is addicted to a virtual reality. She will eventually tell you that this virtual reality makes her feel brave, to which you can reply that 'it is better to be brave in real life'. Yes, have fun with your real life, alone in dirty, dark cyberpunk Berlin.

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* This is pretty much ''the'' overarching theme of ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'' in which, on his deathbed, the classical composer Frederic Chopin finds himself in a world that is his dream. There, he meets strong individuals who help him to face the hard truths of life head-on.
-->'''Jazz''': We can never turn back time. Even if such a thing were possible, I wouldn't want to. Because it would only be a negation of the choices made by the friends who've died along the way.

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* The whole point of the extremely short free visual novel ''Carpe Diem'' on UsefulNotes/{{Steam}}. It's a typical example of the genre, but it's hinted that the girl "you" are going on a date with hides some secret. [[spoiler:The player character is not "yourself", the player, but a genius programmer, and the girl is an advanced AI he created.]] The punchline is, [[spoiler:as much as he tries to make her as human-like as possible, she will never actually be, so it's better to pursue actual human relationships instead of retreating to a fantasy world.]] Tellingly, the lone achievement is named "What are you doing with your life?".


** The game also creates some low-key FridgeHorror when the party eventually fights an enemy party of zombies names after Mewt's bullies from the start of the game, implying that while Marche and his friends have everyone they've ever wanted in Ivalice, not everyone is so lucky.

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** The game also creates some low-key FridgeHorror when the party eventually fights an enemy party of zombies names after Mewt's bullies from the start of the game, implying that while Marche and his friends have everyone everything they've ever wanted in Ivalice, not everyone is so lucky.

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** The game also creates some low-key FridgeHorror when the party eventually fights an enemy party of zombies names after Mewt's bullies from the start of the game, implying that while Marche and his friends have everyone they've ever wanted in Ivalice, not everyone is so lucky.


* ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'' has this as a main theme, but played more realistically. [[LoserProtagonist Sato]] is a [[{{Otaku}} nerdy]], [[{{NEET}} unemployed]] [[{{Hikikomori}} loner]] who basically has no life, and constantly retreats into escapist media and his convoluted daydreams. The toxic nature of his socially isolated personality is especially demonstrated when he becomes addicted to an online computer game at one point, and even develops a crush on a ''fictitious female character'' [[spoiler:(who turns out to be his ''[[{{GIRL}} male friend]]'')]]. Sato's friends constantly try to help pull him out of his unsocial behavior, with awkwardly mixed results.

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* ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'' has this as a main theme, but played more realistically. [[LoserProtagonist Sato]] is a [[{{Otaku}} nerdy]], [[{{NEET}} unemployed]] [[{{Hikikomori}} loner]] who basically has no life, and constantly retreats into escapist media and his convoluted daydreams. The toxic nature of his socially isolated personality is especially demonstrated when he becomes addicted to an online computer game at one point, and even develops a crush on a ''fictitious female character'' [[spoiler:(who turns out to be his ''[[{{GIRL}} male friend]]'')]]. Sato's friends constantly try to help pull him out of his unsocial behavior, with awkwardly mixed results. The show also introduces another {{Hikikomori}} character who buries himself in escapist hobbies, and in the end the thing that puts an end to this behavior is the one person in his life supporting and enabling him going to prison for a while, [[RealityEnsues forcing him to go out into the real world and get a job if he wants to survive.]] [[spoiler: This eventually happens to Sato himself when his father loses his job and his parents can't afford to financially support him anymore.]]


* While this is not the primary Aesop of ''Kemono Friends.exe'' (that being how HumansAreBastards who claim to love animals, yet exploit them to the point of extinction), throughout the game, the animal friends [[NoFourthWall tell you several times]] that you should return to your own world instead of keep on destroying theirs. This happens again during the GoldenEnding, where Serval tells you to uninstall the game and go out there and enjoy the world, and how even though you can never meet again, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments you'll be the best of friends forever]]. If you decide to [[PlayerPunch run the game]] [[YouBastard again,]] [[HappyEndingOverride however...]]

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* While this is not the primary Aesop of ''Kemono Friends.exe'' (that being how HumansAreBastards who claim to love animals, yet exploit them to the point of extinction), throughout the game, the animal friends [[NoFourthWall tell you several times]] that you should return to your own world instead of keep on destroying theirs. This happens again during the GoldenEnding, where Serval tells you to uninstall the game and go out there and enjoy the world, and how even though you can never meet again, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments you'll be the best of friends forever]]. forever. If you decide to [[PlayerPunch run the game]] [[YouBastard again,]] game again, [[HappyEndingOverride however...]]


* your real life circumstances have changed for the better -- you don't need the escapism any more and holding onto it could hurt you.

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* your real life real-life circumstances have changed for the better -- you don't need the escapism any more and holding onto it could hurt you.

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* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'': At the beginning, Dorothy dreams of going [[IWantSong over the rainbow]] to escape from the troubles of her life in Kansas. But by the end, after all her adventures in Oz, she learns that "There's no place like home."

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* At the beginning of ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'', Alice is bored by her lessons and longs for a world where animals wear clothes, flowers talk, and everything is nonsense. Then she goes DownTheRabbitHole to a world just like her fantasy, but after much growing and shrinking, rudeness and bullying from the strange creatures she meets, and general insanity, she declares "I've had enough nonsense!" and is desperate to get back home.

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