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Why I love Gaming

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Many people may wonder why I love gaming and why I spend so much time involved with that community. As a writer, I feel as though with a game you can tell an epic adventure that rivals the length of novels and other forms of media. I will explore some of the reasons why I feel as though gaming is a good community to belong to.

I. Beautiful, emotional, and wonderful stories

The majority of the games that I enjoy contain a story from which I can gain something, including appreciation for the place I live; my family and friends; a deep sense of emotion; knowledge; ideas for my own work; or even a stronger belief in God. What’s more is that by allowing me control of the character it truly feels as though I am part of the story and even part of the world. Through the many options for games and worlds to experience, you can indeed become the hero of many stories. Also, many of the stories alter depending on your choices in the game, thus you can truly become a hero or a villain.

II. Games are entertaining and rewarding social activities

Unlike the stereotypical gamer, I find that many gamers (including myself) are rather social creatures. We enjoy gathering together whatever the means and doing something with others. Most games nowadays are shipped with a multiplayer component to them, regardless of how that actually winds up working out. This speaks to the incredibly social driven aspect of the gaming community at large. Games like Pokémon reward you for making new friends and trading with others. Super Smash Bros. is a title that is never fun to play on one’s own. Even if some games are not multiplayer by design, there is a large community online which talks about and shares different things about the game, (more on the Community later). Simply put, gaming is a social activity that brings people together for a common purpose.

III. New Art Form

Gaming is the new medium in which to tell stories, portray characters, and design worlds. This is evident by the vast numbers of Open World games that encourage players for exploring and discovering secrets about the world, such as the new Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Horizon Zero Dawn. This can be seen even in non-open world games. Mass Effect has a treasure trove of World Building lore in it via the Codex. Transistor limits the information available, and yet manages to weave a masterful story into the world we know little about. With the shiny new computerized graphics and the ability to make games larger than ever before, the vision of a designer is only limited by money and time. Much like the art of the past, what is possible now and in the future are entirely left up to the artists.

IV. The Community

After all that can be said and done regarding gamers and gaming communities, I find for the most part (With several notable exceptions) that the community is welcoming and wants to help new players have the best time they can with any certain game. Example, go on the any of the Paradox Interactive forums and see all the advice from veteran players. Final Fantasy games have huge support structures online. Some gaming communities are also charitable, giving out games and copies of games to those who they want to play with. This can lead to grouping up with people who have the same interests as you and gaming together through many games. Granted, this can be done both online and in real life. (Major exceptions include: League of Legends and any Online FPS game)

V. Family Bonding

To a certain extent, gaming can also bring families closer together. If you take Mario Kart and play with your siblings, children, or parents you could have some fun together. This does not have to be all the time, nor should it. I love the Pokémon games, and some party games, why? I love to play games with my family, and the games that you play with them should be fun, but not overly competitive. Bring the whole for this one, because a race of Mario Kart to determine who has the dishes may end in a fit of laughter.

The Disclaimer

I do not believe, nor suggest that gaming all the time, every day, and never leaving your home is good. I merely suggest that gaming is a hobby that has value. When a new form or art, or media is introduced into the world, people either embrace it or they push it away. Many people are afraid of change, the world is changing.

Now, I play a lot of games, often at least 7-17 hours a week, (basically, an hour or two a day). I also leave my house and go meet up with people and run errands. I shower every morning, even before I game. I love my family and my friends, I want to do things with them and I really don't care what form that time comes in. I am a gamer, I am also a reader, a writer, a designer, and I have a job. None of these things mean that I cannot be anything else. I can become anything I put my mind to becoming.

Before my mission I was afraid of change, now I am not. To quote one of my person favorite games “Regardless of warnings, the future doesn’t scare me at all.” [Dearly Beloved, Kingdom Heart OST (2003)]

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  • Comment Link Max Niver Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:10 posted by Max Niver

    Great article! I think too many people see gaming as a bad thing rather than a thing that can enrich your life and those around you.

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