Gaming is something that is relatively new to us all. In fact, according to the American Physical Society, only in 1958 was the very first video game invented. The physicist William Higinbotham conjured up a rather simple game centred around Tennis. It was thought to be much like the 1970’s hit ‘Pong’ if any of you played that or even knew what it was. So with such a small history compared to some of the world’s longest running forms of entertainment – such as music, which was perhaps invented millions of years ago. Or sport, with the Ancient Greek Olympic Games starting around 776 BC! and, of course, polo dating back to around 600 BC here in the UK. But back to gaming.
Now, in Europe alone, the UK makes up around the second largest video game market – with Germany being first. So, you could say it’s popular. And even the kinds of video games that you play, may not be the same that anyone else in the UK does. And not only that, with the evolution of PC games and mobile games, alongside games stations, there’s a wealth of ways to play too. However, the main thought behind today’s post is why. Why do we game? What in our minds makes us want to game, and what are the benefits of gaming?
With quite the lousy wrap, thoughts on gaming can be pretty negative. But the world of gaming has its pluses. So let’s dig right on into them.
To start with, you’ve got entertainment. Everybody needs entertainment as you can see from the topics we covered in the intro. We all crave entertainment and to laugh and have fun and just enjoy ourselves. Whether this is in the form of something online, such as critiquesdecasino.com, or in form of video gaming on your station. If something entertains you and you love to be involved in it, this is why you might game.
So then the next thing here is that you might find that you do it for creativity. Sure, not all kinds of games are going to be creative at all. But then others are. And then there’s the whole idea of video game creation yourself, and that you’re pursuing your creativity in that way. This is something that people miss. They see it as a form of entertainment purely, but it’s not. It’s also an art form.
Now, another thing that gaming can be to a lot of people, is escapism. And sometimes, escapism also gets a bad wrap. Because we ‘shouldn’t’ escape. We should solve our problems. BUT, sometimes, escapism isn’t bad. And if you need to turn to something to feel good and to have a balance, that’s good for you. And for some people, this is exactly what gaming does too.
To Connect With Others
But then the next idea for why you might game is centred around the idea of connecting with people. Maybe your friends also love gaming and playing? Maybe you want to connect with people online? And this is something that gaming can do for you. Connecting with others, as psychologytoday.com says, is such a big thing. It’s essential. It’s one of those things that allows us to be happy in life. So if gaming gives you that, keep on gaming.
To Boost Our Skills
So then the next thing that you might get from gaming, is skills. Yes, that’s right, gaming gives you skills. And it may be the reason that your game. Maybe you think about you need to really push on with understanding code or graphics or just about anything else that gaming involves. Maybe you’re even pushing your creativity to do this, as we talked about earlier.
But then also, it’s something that you might just do to relax. Not everyone wants to escape. Not everyone wants to connect with others. But most of us need to relax. Because we all need that one thing we go to that allows us to relax our bodies and minds! And that can be reading for some or going to the gym to others. But for us, it’s gaming and it really does allow us to relax!
To Build A Career
But then also, this doesn’t always have to be about fun and enjoyment and what you do as a pastime. Sometimes it could be something that you do professionally or to grow your career. And when you love gaming, you definitely have a ton of career options, as lifehack.org shows, that you can allow you to pursue that interest and still get to build something in the form of the space. So if you love gaming and you really want to do more of it, and get PAID to do it, then you could go down this route too.
To Pursue An Interest
Now, this is something that not everyone will understand. But, when it comes to actually being able to love your life and live in the way that YOU want, you need to have interests. And the thing is, we all naturally have interests anyway. Whether you realise it or not. Sometimes, you just have to get more in tune with yourself to know what those specific interests are. And gaming can help with that. Sure, maybe gaming itself IS the interest. But sometimes, it’s the genre – like strategy or role play or sports!
Just For Fun!
And then finally, you’ve also got the idea of this just being fun. Because gaming is fun. Sure, for a lot of people, gaming is for escapism or to be able to build a career, or just chill out. But then at the same time, it is really fun too! It doesn’t have to be for any inner reason or anything. But if you love sports and you play sports games. Or you love adventure games or fantasy games or anything else. Because sometimes in life, we just need a hobby to do for fun!