Video Games and Gratitude

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?

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10 responses to “Video Games and Gratitude

  1. I’m all about #3. That’s what I always loved about games even when I was a kid. They were my rewards for getting homework and housework done.

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  2. Great list, and I would agree on all of them. Although, I am grateful for them keeping my imagination alive. At one point in time, I had lost touch with it, but a certain few games brought it back to me.

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  3. I think the reason I’m most grateful for video games is the fact that they help me escape and relax. There’s nothing like losing myself in a game after a long, annoying day at work! 🙂

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