Renee Sogueco, ‘Doah Staff Writer
October 23, 2013
With the recent and highly anticipated release of Grand Theft Auto V, people tend to ignore my opinion on the game. They actually tend to ignore my opinions on any game. It always comes as a surprise to most people when they find out I do play video games and not just Sims 3. When I mention interest or express knowledge on high profile games such as the original Bioshock, Amnesia, Minecraft or Borderlands, I get a mixture of reactions of bewilderment and confusion. As an avid gamer, I usually will not actively promote the fact that I do play video games. In the mix of people reactions, the largest reaction is, “I didn’t know you did that stuff. Why?”
The question seems to stem from how video games actually benefit me in daily life. Video games are high in demand in terms of the consumer market. Millions of dollars are invested into the production of games, and people work to apply at various video game studios in the market. Video games hold my attention due to the aesthetics such as art style, the story lines, and the ingenuity behind the scenes of the actual creation. The actual gameplay during the game such as controls, map content, and character development are what engage me. Artistry as well as other factors such as engineering go into creating a video game, and people at least appreciate that aspect just the same as with any other industry. Even with my reasoning, there are still more factors that can entice anyone into at least looking into a videogame, whether it be on console or computer.
Although I have the Xbox 360, not everyone has that kind of money to spend on a leisure activity. Video games are not only on expensive consoles like the new and highly coveted Xbox One, PS4, or Nintendo consoles; they can be played on Macs and PCs as well.
Even though I made a jab at Sims earlier, the game incorporates ingenuity and creativity for players. As an extremely popular game, Sims offers players the chance to create world maps, tap into their architectural skills, make difficult decisions, and live out full lives. Popular video games on the Nintendo Wii such as the Just Dance video game offer opportunities for fun physical exercise away from the gym.
On the production side of video games, not only is it highly profitable for companies it also creates jobs. The engineering that goes behind the making of a video game rivals that of a highly produced theatrical movie. A student can go to school to specialize in an aspect of video game production; USC offers a program such as this. Online, PBS produced videos that outline the complexity behind producing a video game.
Beneficially, video games offer positive reinforcement. Achievements and rewards await players whenever they do well during gameplay. Some studies even suggest that video gameplay enhances real life performance. Online video games can also serve as a social network. Players interact with others from around the world and collaborate.
There are so many different reasons why anyone should play a videogame, but the biggest one is that a lot of them are fun. Some of them even teach life lessons. Just with any other interest or hobby, too much can stop the benefits that go along with it. Video games in moderation can be beneficial and most importantly, fun.