Someone recently said to me that video games serve no purpose. Protip. NEVER say that to me, because I will rant your ass off. You can be my best friend, you can even be my mother, but I'll still rage at you for saying that. I've talked before about how vidya doesn't create mass murderers, and I've talked recently about games. So, now I'm going to do it again, and explain to all the peoples out there in Bloggerland that GAMES ARE PRETTY DAMN USEFUL.
Yes, I mad.
No one ever tells me video games serve no purpose. For many years they have given me an outlet that prevented me from being violent in the real word. (You all read what I do on Fable >_>). They've kept me sane, and been there for me when no one else has. Video games serve many purposes. Be it helping people along in life, allowing them to live their fantasies, bringing people together, providing a common outlet. I would even go as far as to say video games saved not just my life, but the lives of others I would have otherwise hurt. Video games have been proven to help heal people because they provide a distraction while the body heals. There are even charities that provide video games to hospital's children's ward for this purpose. So, no, video games are not useless. At their very base core at least, they are mental stimulation.
As much as I might not like the "casual" gaming generation, they do provide a way for the older and younger generations to interact. Games like Wii sports and all their other Godforsaken party games provide a way for families to come together, and do something they can all enjoy. You ever see how on the adverts they typically show a family playing? Sometimes it does happen. I mean alright, if they advertised games properly, things might not go so well; "Play Call of Duty online multiplayer, and be called a faggot by people you don't even know!" but when a game advertises what it's like for the people who are playing it, like the Wii does, that can be an accurate portrayal of how things go down. Although me and my brother have played Gears of War and got closer doing that lol.
Some games, like Minecraft and Littlebigplanet offer incredible artistic outlets. I recently got into Minecraft actually after getting myself some inspiration, maybe I'll post some of the stuff I made some time. Not everyone who's artistic draws, or writes, some create. Consider Minecraft on peaceful difficulty (no mobs) being essentially lego on a gigantic scale.
You can say "But...but, violence has gone up thanks to video games, and people are living in fantasy worlds rather than dealing with their problems." I can't say the words I want to say to this, because I try to keep the blog at least PG-14, but seriously. Shut up. We had two world wars before video games, we had a load of violence before video games. Maybe if Hitler had Fable, a game where he can actually own the world, he would have been a bit more chill about things. If people want to live in a fantasy world, it's their choice, games didn't make them do it. Not to mention that living in a fantasy world like that gives your brain time to solve it's own problems, it provides an outlet for you. If people are going to choose to live in that world, then it's something they chose to do, the video games didn't make them do it any more than they make a person violent. They might bring out what is already there, but they didn't create it, and if a person can't see the lines between reality and fantasy, then it's not the games fault.
Though yes there can be too much of a good thing. Don't forget to read not only to yourself, but to your kids as well, and try to make sure your kids do still get some good exercise, even if it is just a Wii game. Which aren't quite the bane to gaming some gamers seem to think they are.
Though God only knows where all these 11 year olds are learning such words.