Why should you play video games?

An article written by: Lee Sonogan

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“There are plenty of skills I’ve learned from playing video games. It’s more interactive than watching TV, because there are problems to solve as you’re using your brain.” – Shawn White

Everyone escapes reality into something else. Video games is one way to escape reality and to gain relief from life. There are video games out there that anyone could enjoy. With research and knowledge of what stimulates your brain, you will find something you will find interesting. There is so much to video games that make it stand out from all the rest. With the development of virtual reality and graphics, video games are only going to improve and extend to wider audiences. Some say video games are bad for you while many studies say it’s very healthy for you in many ways. The following article will show everyone the importance and value of video games and why you should play at least some video games.

Firstly, video games are not all shooting and death games. The genres of video games are many and various depending on their content and gameplay features. While many other games put all the genres/content together into one game. For example, a video game may have a story mode for single players while still having online, multiplayer and various other modes to play. Then there are other open sandbox games with no rules you need to follow, and you can do what you want. You can review any video game by its entertainment levels, gameplay features and how fun it is. In the next few paragraphs I will explain the three reasons mentioned in the last sentence.

Entertainment levels can be many things. Listing them off it would be their graphics, sound tracks, dialog, storys/scenes, genre features and so much more. Each Genre will play differently to each game. Some will require you to level up and collect things in a RPG or you may have to play in a linear path. Or play co-op with a friend to a puzzle and challenge game. The option to play with friends also adds to the entertainment levels. Defining entertainment levels, you like will be up to your preferences and experiences.

Video game genres:

  • Simulation
  • Strategy
  • Educational video games
  • RPG
  • Action
  • Shooter
  • Puzzles
  • Horror
  • Music
  • Sports
  • Open world adventure games
  • Sandbox games
  • Board games, cards, trivia, logic and more
  • Much more genres and sub genres

Playing the game, the more features you can use and interact with the more interesting the video game. Game features can get complex and challenging the longer you play a video game. Then if you are playing against people it can get very competitive. These simulations can relate to real life activities. As I have not shot a gun in real life, I can understand why people like shooting from video games. If a video game is good, you will play it until you have beaten it one hundred percent and more in online modes.

A fun video game must have all your preferences and more. Some like challenging video games while others like the creativity and overall storys. Personally, I like my video games to have good storys, creativity, challenges, characters and good gameplay features. When a video game starts getting addicting you will know it’s a fun game. Easter eggs and hidden experiences in the game is also fun to experience while playing video games. any video game developer should have in mind to make their video game fun, or what is the point of creating it?

Playing online, you will see what the video game community is like. Each though like to talk trash and overreact, which makes you motivated to do good in a video game. Some people are willing to have a normal conversation. All the others take video game playing seriously. Most will play for the sake of teamwork. Playing online will lead to unpredictable situations in video games. Just playing against online opponents can be fun. Many people on YouTube get famous for playing video games online.

A lot of people are making a lot of money now playing video games. With the rise of eSports and various video game competitions you can earn a living winning video games. As of 2013, the top 15 professional gamers made between $226,776 and $454,544 on tournaments. 39% of Free To Play gamers watch or participate on E-Sports. The top Twitch (Video Game Streaming) Gamers make over $300,000 a year. In 2015 the video game industry was estimated at $91.5 billion. Soon I predict video game competitions will be played live on tv like any other sport.

Mental improvements can be made playing video games. Visual contrast sensitivity if improved. And it can successful treat amblyopia. Spatial attention and ability to track moving objects is improved. Reduces impulsiveness and helps with dyslexia. Engage in multiple tasks simultaneously. Increase mental flexibility. And reverse mental decline that comes with aging. Social improved and encourages teamwork. Teaches you on good and bad values. So much more in-depth answers could be listed. Google studies on video games to learn more. Everything in this paragraph proves that video games can create personal value to individuals.

Too much of anything is bad. It does not make you dumber, but it can make you unhealthy. Sitting in the same spot on hours on end is not good for you. Also, In few people it could encourage aggressive behaviour. Some say it will make you less empathetic. That is not true in a lot of video games that try to give you an emotional reaction. Only a few individuals should not play video games if its going to cause negative reactions in their life. You need to be able to manage a personal life and a video game life at the same time.

Overall, I have said a lot and I intend to keep playing video games. I limit myself in playing video games because I have so much other stuff to do. On average I may play between 1 and 2 hours a day while playing different games at different times. Having a Nintendo Switch it is good to lay back and play it on my bed. There is many video games I want to play to check out the storys, gameplay features and much more. Video games help me relax and manage my various routines daily. Been playing for years and that’s my why should you play video games article.

“Playing video games is something I enjoy in my spare time. I’m a gamer, always have been.” – Kevin Garnett

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