I don’t think I’ve ever asked you this question. Please tell me. It would be exciting to see many different reasons.
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I play because I’ve always played. Video games help when you need a break from life and they’re super fun. I play to be around friends that I have met throughout the years too.
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“I play because I’ve always played.” These are the words of a proud and committed gamer. 🙂
Are you still playing around friends in person, or has that moved online?
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I play both. My friend and I are starting a gaming YouTube channel soon to play side by sides, but I love a great online multiplayer game online. Fps and RPG’s are my favs.
I’ve many fond memories of playing classic multiplayer games with friends. 🙂
Release. Escape. Story. So many reasons!
I really do love your concise comment. I imagine you went back to playing after typing that. 🙂
I don’t play video games… they play me!!
Just joking. It’s a pastime I’ve enjoyed for almost 30 years now and has provided me with endless hours of fun and engagement from a kid to adulthood. These days, it’s a wonderful form of escapism, but as a cultural person video games also add an extra layer to the books I read, films I watch, and music I listen to. For me, they all add up to understanding the human condition and where I’m going in my life.
I also like shouting “Noobie scum!!!!” at noobs. It’s proper LOLz.
Yes, they do complement some themes of great novels, music and films. It’s interesting to reflect on those themes and what we can learn about ourselves.
To relax and have adventures I can’t have in the real world 😀
I think you captured my favourite reason in a single sentence.
The reason why I play games have changed through my life. I find that when I was younger I enjoyed more action oriented games, not that I still don’t, however I find an engaging story to be increasingly important to me. I want a narrative that hooks me and gets me invested in characters and their stories.
A good story can make an average game much more interesting to me.
Loads of reasons, I guess. I grew up with Games, so that’s a big part of it, but in general, I think it’s the whole Active Media thing that makes them interesting and addictive. I can still lose myself in a book, but if I watch TV for more than a couple of hours straight, I start to become aware of the fact that I’m not *doing* anything – so, for me, I just find them more engaging and absorbing than passive media.
Yes, I love sitting on a my couch and being able to control a fictional universe.
I play video games the same reason I read: to explore new places, meet new people, and take part of a life outside of my own. It’s a real case of being a gamer not because I don’t have a life, but because I want to have many.
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“…because I want to have many.” Well said!
To escape from this depressing world, have fun, and relieve stress. Video games give me worlds I can save and inspiring stories to live out 🙂
An interesting point! Video games remind me that the world is not beyond redemption.
There are a variety of reasons I play games. I love the interactive nature of storytelling that games brings and they allow me to escape for a bit, just like a good book or movie might. I love to be able to decompress with a competitive game and as I’ve gotten older, time has become an issue so spending four-five hours at the hockey rink isn’t really feasible anymore but an hour of Halo might be. I like to be put my brain and reflexes to work in puzzle and platforming games. Games cover such a large swath of my entertainment needs and depending upon what I need at a certain time, they can do the trick.
I like the strategy and thinking in puzzle games too.
It’s a great tool to escape this often complicated and invariably hard life.
True. And we don’t need to get in a car and drive far away to escape.
I played games as a child to cope with bullying and teasing from other kids. I play games as an adult to immerse myself in the amazing stories and the beautiful worlds and to bring inspiration to my writing.
I’m sorry to hear about the bullying in your past. It’s beautiful to see you found so much meaning in video games. I too find video games fuel my writing, even beyond this blog.
Man, I love all these answers. What a testament to the power and pull of video games. For me, it’s a combination of anxiety and an incredibly active imagination. Video games get me excited like nothing else does. The feeling of discovering a new world that you can actively inhabit and affect directly is intoxicating. Back when I was a kid, I feared that one day I would outgrow video games. Now that I’m an adult, I know I’ll be playing them as long as my body lets me. Watching games grow alongside myself has been fascinating and enlightening, and I wonder where that journey will lead us.
Absolutely wonderful comment! I’m still afraid I’ll outgrow video games too, but I won’t let that happen. Making time to play, however, is a greater challenge.
No kidding. Lately finding time to play games is like a balancing act. I finally figured out that I just need to play whatever I’m feeling like in the moment, or I just flounder trying to find the “right” game to play, if that makes any sense.
I like games because unlike other forms of entertainment it is interactive.
I think that’s an important point. I don’t always feel like sitting a watching a movie; I want to get involved in the story.
The most obvious answer is that I play video games for fun, but there’s something more, too.
Beauty. Maybe I don’t have an informed opinion whether games are a form of art or not, but it’s clear you can find some art in almost every game. And I’m not talking about the visual side only, even if I always appreciate amazing landscapes or architecture. Be it the soundtrack, voice acting or writing, many games really give you a chance to experience beauty in various forms.
Escapism. While I lead a peaceful, happy and absolutely unheroic life, I look for something completely different in my games. Heroism. Duty. Struggle. Sacrifice. Give me a plot and a player character which focus on such things and I may ignore that your game has bad graphics or clumsy controls.
Reflexion. Yeah, well-written games can give you food for thought just like books or films. Just one example; Papers Please made me think a lot about the nature of totalitarianism and bureaucracy and their impact on the current condition of my country.
Good points, and I find I play for the same reasons. I’m not sure if enough people mention how games allow one to reflect on life.
I’ve always loved playing video games because they are fun! They are a great form of escapism and I love diving into different worlds to do things that aren’t possible in real life.
Me too. I think it’s an honest answer that many share with us.
For me it’s that escape where I can sit and focus on something really fun and not worry about the “real life” for how ever long I play for.
For the interaction, the feel like I am in control and that what I do affects what is going on.
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