What do you think? Why or why not?
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I’ve spent about 10k hours across 2 games.
I might have used that time better… But on the other hand, I had loads of fun, I made friends with people all around the world and a lot of who I am now and what dreams I have comes from that time. I regret nothing!
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It’s good hearing that video games have a positive impact on you. Video games only become a waste of time if you’re not reaping something good about it. I hope more people see video games as a positive way to cope with different struggles in life. I also hope it doesn’t lead people towards addiction.
By the way, what 2 games made you invest those 10k hours? In what gaming platform?
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PC, I’ve never played on consoles.
First, I fell in love with League of Legends and played it for a few years on a daily basis. Then I switched to Guild Wars 2. I’ve played around 5k hours in each. And I play them both to this day, just not as much as I used to. 🙂
Depends on how many hours one devotes to them. They can be fun and relaxing
Hmmm yes, balance is important. They shouldn’t overtake one’s life. But video games are not inherently a “waste of time”.
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I have nothing else important to waste time on… 😛
In all seriousness, time spent doing something that makes you happy is NEVER wasted.
Definitely not! They are no more a waste of time than anything else that helps you escape reality which is something everyone needs at least a bit of. I think the perception that games are juvenile, which is not a popular idea anymore, has really helped video games shed this misconception. I would think eSports have also shown people how skilled you can become at a game as well which is something most people would see as a redeeming quality.
Hell NO! They are a form of entertainment and people love em! If people can spend hours in front of the TV watching television shows and movies why not do the same playing video games. I feel when one plays a video game they are participating in an activity.
Interesting. The activity part is new to the discussion we’re having here. It is an activity that can bring people together too.
The real question is do you have the time to waste on them.
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You flipped the script on us! But seriously… I don’t think video games are a waste of time — unless they’re constantly preventing you from fulfilling responsibilities and living a joyful life.
Also, I would give you an award for best comment if WordPress would let me.
I’m sure if you emailed them they could organise some sort of trophy…
I can’t bothered, so I’ll just tell you: you won!
This might sound hedonistic, but playing video games makes me happy, so I refuse to think of them as a waste of time. If I did, I’m pretty sure I’d get depressed. Hmm…this makes me sound like a fudged-up person.
Not at all! I agree with you. 🙂
I spent over 100 hours on Assassins Creed Odyssey alone. I enjoyed ever minute of it. You “waste” your time on something, why not video games.
Hmmm. Interesting. I get what you’re saying and agree.
I would object to the use of the word waste. Who says anything is a waste if it helps you to be a joyful person who is capable of loving others?
In my humble opinion I don’t think video games are a waste of time. They have saved my life, taught me so many things, and have been there for me even when I wasn’t there for myself, and I know I am not the only one that feels like this.
I have learned quite a lot from games too. I think the most important is to never give up when faced with a challenge.
How did they save your life?
Thanks for the great comment. 🙂
I have been at the lowest points of my life so far recently, especially last year. Nothing was going tight for me.I attempted to take my own life a few times. I had not finished the entire Mass Effect trilogy, and it was something that I wanted to finish at least before I left this earth. I finished it at the end of last year and I was just blown away. The story and trials of Commander Shepard is truly inspiring. It gave me hope for a better future. This is just one example. There are many haha. Thank you for asking.
I’m sorry to hear that sad part of your story. But I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better and sincerely wish you all the best for the future! 🙂
Thank you so much for the kind words.
Arguably depends I suppose whether you are trying to quantify some form of objective or subjective measure? Does gaming produce tangible objective outputs that can be measured for their value to society? Probably not. Can gaming produce a subjective, emotive reaction? Arguably yes. If that is used them for a positive purpose, inspiring a creative output for example then can view them as a valuable expenditure of time and effort.
A well-thought-out reply.
Life should be spent doing what-ever it is that makes you happy (so long as you don’t hurt anybody)
I think that sums it up pretty good and I think it’s comparable to many other recreational things as well.
I think it’s an unfair question. Anything you do that’s a recreational activity can be a waste of time, such as watching TV or reading, as long as it keeps you from doing anything productive. However, you can’t be productive 24/7, so it’s good to have options such as video games. So video games, like any other activity, should be done in moderation. If someone’s spending every moment of their life playing them, it’s their own fault.
i think videogames are fun and keep my brain sharp couse you need to really pay atention wile playing them
I think that’s true but would be curious to read more scientific studies about video games and the brain.
Video Games can be a huge waste of time. There may exist a state of exercise with video gaming that requires one’s intellect, coordination, and reasoning. While entertaining, these video games are stressful and defeat is often the outcome of long hours of gameplay. Video Games do deserve respect enough to be awarded your time and efforts to take part in the game itself. Nevertheless, a video game is only one outlet for the sake of entertainment and video games should not cause someone to shun other entertainment outlets. If you shun your entertainment outlets, your wasting your time.
I don’t think they’re a waste of time. Nothing relaxes me more than destroying people in call of duty. When I have a bad day, it lets me take out my frustration without actually damaging something.
Sounds like a good reason to play.
I wouldn’t say video games are a waste of time as long as you’re enjoying the games you’re playing.
Nop😋 Video games are just awesome… You can make new friends and have fun playing online
I definitely agree with the fact that video games can be a great escape. The idea that time just flies as you immerse yourself within a good story, or grinding out a multiplayer game. What I find most exciting about video games is the ability to advance effective communication skills. In today’s age of gaming, multiplayer games seem to be dominating. Games such as Rainbow Six, CS GO, League, DOTA, OW, and any battle royale game (Minus some unfortunate toxicity) motivates players to communicate in order to win games. Sure you can have a really strong player who can 1 vs. all, but at the end of the day it’s all about being a team player and watching how video games help to transition a gamer into using their team building skills in the outside world!
I’ve grown up on video games and honestly I’m very much of the belief there’s no such thing as wasted time as long as you enjoyed wasting it!
Me and my partner are both into video games and when we first met we bonded quick and fast through our mutual love of the media.
i think anything that relaxes you or isn’t a “job” can be viewed as a time waster. but you need something to relax you and can of break away from your daily life. it’s healthy to find something like that, and for me that’s exactly what gaming is for me and many others
Not if they make you happy.
Short and sweet answer, and I agree with you.
I think it’s an absolute waste of time. While the producers of the game are doing productive stuffs, we are busily wasting our time playing what someone has created. We could rather think of pleasurable and good things to do in our leisure like innovating.
I appreciate you different perspective. Thank you for your comment.
I don’t think they are a waste of time at all! For me, video games are a way to relax and unwind and put aside all the things that are going on in the real world, if only for awhile. As long as all my responsibilities are attended to, I don’t see what’s wrong with indulging in my favorite hobby 🙂
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