Video games have, for the most part, received a negative stigma from both the media and grown-ups that were taught to keep their kids away from computer screens and instead, bring them outside to play with their friends instead.
It’s time to beat that stigma and show the world the good that video games can actually do.
Video Games as Self-Care
People play video games for a variety of reasons, but there has been research that suggests video games can be a fantastic way to help with mental health. Many people think of video games as a form of escapism and to focus on the positive aspects of life instead of just the negative. There are several games you can play for self-care. These are non-violent games on your phone that focus on relaxing themes such as farming, puzzles and other calming endeavours. Video games often come with the stigma that they’re all violent, but the reality is that there are plenty which can tell a beautiful story or are made with the purpose of relaxing their player. There’s a world of choice out there–you just need to move past the negative connotations.
Video Games Keep You Connected
People don’t realize just how crucial video games are at connecting people. Whether it’s letting your child play with the friends they made before you had to move to a different city, or keeping in touch with relatives through a fun game over the internet, they can be a surprisingly effective method of staying in touch with others. Online games like Final Fantasy XV A New Empire can also have you working together, even if you’re in different parts of the world. Many games are cooperative, which means they’re great at building relationships and meeting new people over the internet.
Video Games as a Career Choice
The rise of electronic sports has divided many people. Uninformed spectators usually consider eSports as “not a real sport” or something that “only geeks” participate in, but the unexpected rise of eSports has many people questioning whether the future really is electronic. With big names such as Shaquille O’Neal and Rick Fox investing heavily into eSports, it’s clear that it has a future as a new form of entertainment. Whether it’s a career as a player, a commentator or someone behind the scenes, the eSports industry has opened up many jobs around the globe for tech-fluent people. As the world of eSports continues to grow, so will the industry, thus opening even more jobs, opportunities and career paths for the world.
Video Game Charities
One of the gaming world’s biggest events, Games Done Quick, showcases gamers finishing hundreds of different games in record time. This is known as “Speedrunning” and has spawned a whole community of gamers that specialize in beating their favourite games as quickly as possible. The event has raised millions every year for charities such as the Prevent Cancer Foundation and Doctors Without Borders, and the money all comes in the form of donations from viewers that watch the event online.
As you can see, gaming has done plenty of good in the world and will continue to survive despite the negative stigma it has. As generations shift, more and more people will come to accept video games as an acceptable career path, as a way to stay connected with friends and family across the globe, as a form of self-care and also as a common interest that can inspire people to do charitable things.