This one is rather short but it just about sums up my thoughts on the topic.
Some time ago, a friend of mine and I were talking about video games in general. Her point was, that she just couldn’t understand how her boyfriend can go on talking about games all day long.
Not that she was against gaming. In fact, she herself loves to play Dead Island for example. As we kept talking she argued that whatever you think you achieved is not real in the first place and therefore a waste of time. I have to admit that one sentence from her made me think a bit. If I am honest to myself, I have spent way too much time, way too often in front of my screen. Time that could’ve been used to draw a bit more, have fun with my friends or just get some fresh air. Luckily I am a bit smarter nowadays and spend a lot less time gaming than I used to but those are hours I won’t be getting back anymore. Was that really worth it? Especially, when you think about MMOs like Guild Wars 2. When some day in the future all lights go out and they shut down the servers, all those hours will really be gone. All the things I “achieved” till now, gone, just like that.
So why should we still be playing anyways? Save games can be deleted, good old memory cards lost ( I hope that reading the last few words didn’t result in some of you crying) and servers can be shut down.
First of all, because it is fun obviously. Well you may exclude scodme communities frlolm that statement. No offense, but these “rumours” are there for some reason. It’s just fun to play Mario Cart or Super Smash Bros with some friends or to go on some adventures in an MMO. Also, sometimes you even learn something. I really struggled with learning this language ’till I started to read and game in English. There probably are a lot more examples for things you can get out of gaming but all in all I dare say it’s the memories. You enjoy looking back on the moment, you first beat the champ of the red/blue (or yellow in my case) Pokemon edition. Or when you just couldn’t find the last damn chicken and in another game a certain butler somehow always was there, stalking you the whole time. Another personal highlight happened just yesterday. Someone on Teamspeak wanted to say:” Careful, a necro (Necromancer) is coming.”, but his pronunciation was a bit off. So what it sounded like was:” Careful, a negro is coming.”. I hope nobody here is offended but the situation it was just so funny. No worries though, we scolded him, made fun of him, told him how ashamed he should feel and I guess someone even mentioned his mistake to him. That’s the things that stay, even when someday all is lost, the servers shut down, the last back-up gone and your memory cards refuse to function.