I have enjoyed video games for as long as I can remember. My cousin had one of the original Atari 2600 systems, and before I learned how to read we would play space invaders, pinball and breakout for hours. As an adult in my forties, I have had many hobbies throughout the years, but the one which never waiver is the enjoyment of a good video game. Here are a few reasons why it’s a great recreational activity:
I’m sure a lot of people find it odd to think of video gaming as an inexpensive activity given that a PS3 or xBox cost hundreds of dollars and individual games can be $60, but the reality is that the cost per hour of enjoyment is incredibly low. One evening a sports event will last 4-5 hours and be roughly the same cost of an individual game which can last for hundreds. Additionally, there are many free games available at Yahoo or Amazon who earn their revenue solely from showing ads while you play.
Another great benefit that many people get from video games is lowering the stress of their day to day life. Video games offer a simpler world in which there are no in laws, no taxes, no need to pay for insurance. You merely log into the game and take on a challenge in a rather safe environment. This escape is fantastic for people who have limitations in the physical world as any one can become a celebrity in the online world if they’re willing to put in the time and energy.
Sense of Accomplishment
One of the keys to the success of video games is the feeling of success that you receive for completing a level, figuring out how to kill a specific boss, or acquiring a dream piece of equipment. The drive to always achieve a little bit more is an incredibly powerful and addictive force.
In my daily life, I rarely have an opportunity to compete with others. However, video games allow me just that. It’s a time when I can be less concerned with being a team player or communicating. It’s a safe place where I can be more risk tolerant, and whether I lose or win I get an incredible sense of pleasure from trying.
Immersion into the World
One of my favorite games was Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade from the late 1980s . I had seen the movie several times, but playing the game really allowed me to get inside the movie in a way that I had never done while just sitting back and passively watching the TV. Video games allow the player to become the part of the action in a way that is far deeper than watching a TV or movie.
Twitch and YouTube have drastically changes how video games are played. People now record their video game sessions on YouTube for how to guides, and there are live streaming sessions on Twitch. Both are incredibly addictive to video game players as it allows them to finally build a network in the physical world of people who would formerly never communicate outside of a game.