You are the main character, you control him, you do the nonsense and awkward jumping and jogging around. It’s interactive; you choose the way you want the story to fulfill.
Parents say it promotes violence. There’s a reason why certain games are age-restricted. There are video games for kids – Mario and his unending quest to save a princess or Hannah Montana dream show. The hardcore ones are for the emerging adults to adults. And like Hannah Montana, we know it’s a dream world. What we do in the games doesn’t necessarily reflect how we function in society.
People say it’s a waste of time. Nothing is a waste of time if you enjoy every second of wasting it. But I understand where this is coming from; there are professionals who risk their jobs by shutting down his life for video games. It shouldn’t get in the way of responsibilities, be it work, school, and relationships. Like in any areas of life, moderation is key. Too much of anything could bad for you, so it’s all about managing time.
In playing video games, there are numerous instances where a person’s decision making is tested. That’s where one will get to know that certain decisions have hefty consequences, so next time you will decide better. And of course, the slower you are, the lamer you are in the game. Video gaming improves your reflexes, making it quicker and faster.
It also works your problem solving skills, creativity, self-confidence and in recent years, fitness. On top of all, it incomparably improves mood. It is among the best stress reliever out there!
Researches as proofs, Nintendo Wii can help improve motor functioning for recovering stoke patients; kids “soar” with their grades; and quite contrary to beliefs, video gaming aren’t so geeky. It improves social skills rather than keep you on your own. There are many more benefits, but this is not a psychological report so I’ll stop there.
And by the way, if it helps the gaming industry, I will continue buying $60 games – it’s well worth my money and time. $0.99 speaks for itself; you get $0.99 value of pleasure – repetitive, quite boring.
Why do you play video games?