In my recent conversation with a friend, she told me how she cannot understand that people of my age are “wasting time on video games”. These were my reasons to prove her wrong.
# It is childish!
Yes, it was. Once. Now, gaming industry is a serious branch, with huge potential and expansion rate. For example, League of Legends and Dota 2 tournaments have more viewers and better media coverage than Super bowl. Some time ago, Samsung had recognized that potential, and was official sponsor of the team called Samsung White. Money intended for winner of the tournament go by the millions of dollars.
# It is a waste of time!
I have to agree, it is. And a very quality one. I am well aware that for time which I spend on playing video games, I could do something else, but still, I am not giving up. Simply, it is my way to relax and ease up a bit. And the choices are limitless. If I wish to explore the Galaxy, and enjoy in stunning story set-up, I will pick up “Mass Effect“. And if I wish to see great landscapes and monsters from fairy-tales, I will sharpen my steel and silver swords, and jump into boots of Geralt of Rivia; protagonist of the “Witcher” serial. Or, when I am in the mood for history, Wargaming gave me that also. “World of Tanks” and “World of Warplanes” both are historically very accurate, so it is not “just a waste of time“
# You will become anti-social.
Not quite right. Many of the games which I love to play are online-oriented. Those games have strong and dedicated community, so communication is imminent. Thought communication, you meet people from all over the world. Guilds, teams or platoons, depending on game, are joining people for common purpose: Winning. And this reason is strong enough to stay in touch with the circle of more or less same people. We are hanging out in taverns; only that tavern is in Northrend, just before raiding the infamous Lich King in “World of Warcraft“.
# Playing too many games will make you stupid.
Very far from the truth. A study from University of Rochester had proven that video-games are actually boosting your coordination, decision-making capabilities, as well as the eye-hand coordination. Also, those kids who play “Angry Birds“, “Cut the rope” benefit from same positive influences. And it happened to me more than once to fail the same level several times, and yet, I kept trying. It taught me to be persistent.
# You are wasting money.
Never. If I can play a game for free, I will. It has to be really good, in order to pay for it. There is such huge array of choices, and most of them are free to play. Game manufacturers are making money on so-called “microtransactions”, where players are spending real money for in-game items, but it is optional. If you don’t want to, nobody is forcing you. The only bigger cash outlay was purchasing of a brand new SSD hard drive, and still, I am using it also for work, so it is more of an investment.
So, these were my reasons for playing video-games. My friend admitted at the end that she plays “Candy Crush” on Facebook, so it makes her somewhat gamer as well.