When you have so many other things to do?
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It’s much more fun than playing other things. Much more exciting and challenging.
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There’s whole new worlds to explore and your adrenaline rushes as you save the galaxy. Very exciting indeed!
It’s either that or do housework. The choice is clear. Video games I choose you (hurls a Poke ball)
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(Looks at leaning tower of dirty dishes in the sink). Yeah, I know what you mean.
Where else can I murder an invading turtle army?
Or use a sword in the sewers while hanging out with mutant turtles?
I’d say little victories, games give us instant accomplishment that other activities would take weeks/months/years to achieve
Agreed. Achievements and trophies help satisfy that sense of accomplishment.
I much prefer video games to any other type of media, such as film or TV, because it is interactive. Video games put me in the hot-seat and allow for me to be fully immersed in the world of the game. I don’t usually feel this connected with film or TV, more often than not film series can get monotonous and boring. Like the MCU, it has gotten to the point where I’ve stopped following it because everything feels so ‘copy+paste’, to me it’s just boring – video games don’t seem to struggle from this problem. I can happily play hundreds of hours on Skyrim and not feel bored.
This is a good point. One can easily feel immersed in a game, not want to stop playing and seemingly never run out of things to do in it. I experience with movies or TV.
Honestly, as I get older I’m playing way less video-games. I’ve become way more picky with my games.
As have I. I can think of many more criteria, as I age, that help me be picky about games.
I’m goal-oriented and video games tend to be chockful of goals so that earning that satisfaction keeps me coming back.
That’s a good point that I share. And do you think achievements/trophies add an extra layer of goals that keep you interested, or do they annoy you?
Sorry, it has taken me so long to respond! Life has been getting in the way of just about everything for me. I enjoy achievements but I only hunt them on PC (Steam). I don’t have tons of freetime so I can’t go for achievements in many games I play but being able to do that for certain games is fun. I’m also really proud of having a nearly 90% achievement rate (meaning I have roughly 90% of the achievements available in all of my Steam games) too. With that said, it is a slippery slope and achievements can drive you crazy because some are infuriatingly hard to get!
Wow! I’d be proud of a 90% achievement rate too. I don’t think I’ll ever get there though.
It is neat to have it but sometimes I question whether it was really worth all the energy. It makes you very careful what games you buy because you don’t want to mess up the percentage by playing any games with lots of hard to get achievements.
I know what you mean. I think twice about games with hard-to-get achievements.
I find video games to be a good way to manage my stress. I usually play on easier difficulties, so I can go home and just relax, fully immersing myself into the game’s universe. It gives me something to look forward to during a long workday.
I find it to be a wonderful stress relief as well. Having a bunch of games in my Steam library means I always have something to look forward, even after a hard day.
I choose to play Video Games for the immersion and the challenge. I like to get a little competitive, and really enjoy the rush of intense pvp. I also enjoy that if I don’t feel like the hustle and bustle of online play, there are plenty of casual games for a relaxing session. Really what draws me in is that there is something for my many moods.
Ah good point! I do enjoy how many different genres there are, and how I can pick one depending on my mood.
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