Latan said:I'd like to share my own experience with video games, as I find some people quite close minded in this thread.
Don't take it personnaly, we all have different life experiences, so I can understand where you're coming from.
Just hear me out, please.
Video games can help people grow.
I don't say they always do, but they Can.
My current self-employed work has been heavily inspired by my video game practices.
I wouldn't have gotten there, if it wasn't for video games, period.
I enjoyed playing World of Warcraft, especially using the Auction house.
Using a program (Auctioneer if I remember correctly), I gradualy became one of the best resellers of my server.
I made thousands upon thousands of credits (don't remember this game currency, maybe gold).
Buying low, selling high, understanding each product's nich and needs, twisting the program's configuration to see the results, fascinating to me.
I also played Factorio, which teached me the Huge benefits of Automation.
Why do something manually, when a machine (or 1.000) can do it for you, Faster and Better?
How much can I scale a project, beginning with a little investment, and growing exponentially using automation machines?
Going from an empty hand to a rocket ship, Fascinating experience.
Recently, I created my own enterprise, which uses automated tools, in order to resell products. And I LOVE it.
Without my enjoyment of video games, I wouldn't be there, I wouldn't have understood I enjoyed doing these activities.
But what about FPS, and other "stupid" games, which don't teach you anything?
Playing these, you'll develop your eyes / hands coordination, just trying to become better at the game.
Wether you're conscious of it or not, this is usefull in your everyday life.
OK, so how about a game which doesn't develop your skills at all?
It can still teach you patience, give you the will to learn new mechanics.
Everytime I launch a new game, I'm "forced" to learn its new rules, making me create new neural routes in my brain.
Making my brain stay young, not doing always the same things, not using the same patterns, all the time.
Maybe you'll disagree with me, and it's totally fine.
Just remember this reality is much more complex that we think, there's no black or white, and so much to learn, so much we're not even aware of not knowing.
Thinking we Know is an Ego thing, nothing else.
Have a nice day, friends.
jimukr75 said:^^^^Yeah, I don't have the patience either. Any interest I get is over in 5 minutes. But I think games were better at one point and now, like you said, have the agenda to create addictions. At our age, politics becomes important and financial stuff and many over 30 spend time with that.
Lost in Transfiguration said:By the time I had progressed to middle school the PS3 had been released. It was an easy choice at that point to upgrade. I was very bookish at the time, so the other hobby I had was playing the PS3, those were the two things I did with downtime. None of my friends lived near me, so a lot of it was playing with them online. The problem here is, I guess, being in Middle school I should have been more social, going out with friends, but for me and many other guys, the video games presented themselves to be a better, easier alternative. There's not much that parallels the feeling that you get in COD when you pull off a headshot with a sniper rifle, or defuse the bomb in search in destroy, etc.
It's rather funny, I still remember the feeling or high that video games gave me. It's a lightness in the chest, my brain racing, and then finally a dopamine release--and most damning that sense of accomplishment. Since quitting gaming, I have sought out the feeling again and again. Competitive sports, physical sparring, adventure sports, drinking, smoking, women. I will tell you that while all these pursuits give you the same feeling, the only one that really makes you feel empty is gaming (and of course the other obvious culprit, porn). I shudder to think of how damning VR and VR porn will be to this upcoming generation. Gaming channels the most productive male urges, makes you feel like you've done something, but in reality you've done nothing. You're empty.
The new Tetris game is pretty wild...I'm playing Tetris these days and Tetris is definitely like life.
Whenever you think everything is fucked you still hang on to make that extra line and another and it makes all the difference between losing and winning.
Sometimes when the game speed is really fast the shape you thought you put at the right place is put somewhere else and it ruins your plan but
1. You have no time to whine
2. It's unfair but the game doesn't give a shit
3. So you keep moving on.
And of course you have to plan your moves to succeed.