Video games are the only piece of media that is uniquely experienced by everyone that consumes it. Even the straightforward, linear games will provide a different experience for different people because everyone reacts differently. That’s why I enjoy reading reviews and watching walkthroughs – to find out how different people went about completing the same challenge. It usually provides interesting insight into how people act under pressure.
These are 5 other reasons why I play video games:
1) I’m addicted to self-improvement
2) It forces you to think strategically and think quickly
When you’ve got 3 enemies shooting at you and one of them decides to throw a grenade to flush you out. You’ve got to think very quickly about how to dispatch your enemies and also avoid being blown up or riddled with bullets. Of course, the depth of strategy and quick thinking required varies in different games, but I tend to enjoy games that make me utilise my brain power.
3) It’s fun
I don’t need to explain the concept of fun do I?
4) You can do it at home relatively cheaply compared to other forms of entertainment
You may spend around £15 to go to the cinema and watch a film for about 2 hours, however the price of most new games are around £40 – £45 and that’ll usually give you over 20 hours of entertainment (or despair if you bought a shitty game). And if you play multiplayer and/or complete the story more than once, your value for money sky rockets.
5) It’s a stress reliever
Nothing beats shooting some guys in the face after a stressful day listening to people chat bullshit in your ears. There are so many different choices to choose from. If you don’t want to engage in tense action and have your reflexes pushed to the limit you can opt for a more peaceful adventure in a game like Minecraft. There’s something for everyone.
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