Many of us sat down and gorged ourselves on turkey this year. We are lucky and hopefully grateful.
I’m grateful for all the people in my life and what I can do for others. I’m grateful for so many things in my life that have nothing to do with this blog.
But I want to take a break from the serious business of living life to talk about games now. Of course I’m grateful to have games in my life. My face lights up like a Christmas tree as soon as I think about them.
I started to reflect on feeling grateful about video games, and I came up with a list.
1. Time and money to play and blog about games
I’m grateful and lucky to have both spare time and money. This blog exists because I have spare time.
I’m also grateful for the moments where I’m bored because they give me a chance to write. I’ve said it before: boredom is a blessing!
2. The gift that keeps on giving
You can keep playing a great game and never tire of it. If the downloadable content (DLC) is a fair price, it becomes like a cherry on top of a great cake.
I also hope that games could provoke discussion about problems in our world and potential solutions. That would be a gift that gives more than mere entertainment.
3. Games help me relax
Some days I look at a clock so often that I swear my head will fall off. After that, I love to open up a game, let it breath and consume it. Playing helps me unwind and brings joy into my life, even when I’m feeling blue.
4. So much choice
I can choose between games made by one person and games made by a large studio. I can go through lists of genres. I can find games with high artistic merit. I can find games on sale. I’m so lucky.
5. Game prices
Video games prices have fallen with time. It’s hard not to be happy about that.
But what am I most grateful to video games for? For the joy they bring me. I take that with me and try to share that feeling with everyone I meet—gamer or not. One cannot number something this important.
Why are you grateful to have video games in your life?