Gaming: Why Do You Do It?
When people hear gaming they instantly think a bunch of dudes shooting each other in the face for prolonged periods of time. As gamers, we know this to be a load of goldfish excrement, but we sort of got used to living with it. We know gaming is much more than frivolous violence and mindless slaughtering. But what if that’s all a gamer wants? What if that’s the sole reason some gamers play games?
I see myself as a sort of all-round “hardcore” gamer. In basic terms, I just play everything regardless of genre. I’m not particularly good at certain genres such as fighting, RTS and sport games, but I at least put some effort into playing them if the opportunity presents itself. I’m a meticulous gamer as well and I try to do absolutely everything in every game I play. That’s a huge commitment if you think about it. Hours and hours of what can almost be called work if you see it at a certain perspective. I also try to experience as many games as I possibly can with varied storylines and different methods of narrative.
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Now, the opposite of that can be found in quite an unorthodox subject: my brother. All my brother does is play Black Ops 2 exclusively for hours at a time. He doesn’t experience games in the same way I do. He doesn’t get subjected to storylines, narrative or varying levels of difficulties, he just shoots guys in the face. And he enjoys it. So can I really blame him for not adhering to my methods of gaming? If he’s enjoying himself, then by all means go for it. He uses gaming as a form of relaxation and a pastime. He’s not particularly passionate about what he is doing and he certainly won’t try to violently convert others to his form of entertainment. He just plays games because he has nothing better to do really.
And there’s nothing wrong with that. These two differing gamers can co-exist in this world and nothing is the matter with that. You will get people that only play Counter Strike for hours for no particular reason besides boredom. You will get people that complete every single side-quest in Skyrim because they feel that they have to. You will get people that play on the hardest difficulty just to test their willpower. You will get people that only play a few hours of FIFA every day. It all comes down to what you deem “fun”. Do what you enjoy the most. Nobody should force you.
What do you enjoy?