I'm a lucky dude. I present as a fit, able-bodied, middle-class, straight white man. Pretty much anywhere I go I am the dominant paradigm. I'm playing the game of life on easy mode. I have no fear of time machines.
A lot of people use video and role-playing games to escape their lives; to be more awesome versions of themselves. That's great. It can be wonderfully therapeutic. But when I do it, I get bored. What do I have to escape from? I live a charmed life! No, for me, games are an opportunity to explore; to step into another life; to walk a few miles in another person's shoes. They're an opportunity to experience different expectations and responsibilities, to think differently, to see what life is like without some of the privilege I take for granted. They're an exercise in empathy.
My current Apocalypse World character is that, turned up to eleven - and I think I've bitten off about as much as I can chew with this one.