Video games are a worldwide phenomenon that grows larger every day. It’s safe to say that everyone, at one point or another, has come across a video game. You may have played a game online via Facebook, downloaded a game to your phone or bought a console and games. No matter how you played a game, you are now officially a gamer. So how do you feel about video games? Are they just harmless fun or an addiction? Is there an end to the video game empire?
Video games have been around for over 50 years and there seems to be no end in sight. With new developments, consoles, and games being produced every day, this empire seems to continuously grow and reign. No matter how you play these games, the accessibility and excitement for games continue to influence generation after generation. As a gamer myself, not a very good one, I can honestly say that video games are both addictive and fun.
I can recall, numerous times, where I’ve spent more than half a day playing a video game. Once you start a really good game, or even a bad one, you will spend hours trying to finish it. Level after level or just pushing a simple button can have you glued to it. It’s thrilling and exciting to accomplish these games. With new game graphics and storylines being built into games, the fun just gets better and better. But what happens to those of us who play these games a little too much?
It’s a known fact that people can become addicted to anything. We have addictive personalities. Video games have and still are making addicts out of people. Some people dedicate their lives to playing certain games. They miss work, spend too much and develop relationships because of these games. I believe that when something starts to disrupt your day to day life and is causing you to behavior strangely and erratically, you should get help for it. I don’t believe many people get help for being addicted to video games because most wouldn’t think that’s an addiction. They’re wrong.
In 2010, the MTV show True Life created an episode about people who were addicted to video games. When I first watched the episode, I was shocked to see how easily this became a problem. These two people were going above and beyond to play these games. They spent more than they had and put these games above their relationships. It made me realize that this can become a problem. Like anything, you have to pace yourself and not let it take over your life. Thankfully the people in the episode started seeing this.
Now just because video games can be addicted, doesn’t mean we’ll all become addicts. Some of us play these games just for fun. We play them to pass time or to have fun with our families. I love the Sims games and games that help me workout like Wii Fitness. Video games are fun, they’re educational, addictive sometimes and changing every day. Can video games end in the future? Sure. Is it a near future? I doubt it. With new developers, new gamers, and a growing market they are here to stay. I say we enjoy them while they’re here. Happy Gaming!