Valuable Lessons in Video Games
Playing video games is something I’ve grown up doing. I’m not sure if that puts me in the majority or minority, but they are an entertaining way to pass the time and play with my friends and family. I remember when playing video games as a kid was seen as anti-social, but I don’t think people can make the same claim as confidently as before.
Gamers had and still have a negative connotation as being lazy loners who don’t have social skills. The funny thing is that the gamers I know and play with regularly are great people who look out for each other. The majority of the people I play video games with are people that I know in real life, but there are a few that I’ve never met in person at all, but are just as close to me.
From all the time I spent playing video games, there were a surprisingly good amount of life lessons that I pulled from my experiences.
It’s okay to think for yourself.
Video games didn’t end up rotting my brain after all.
There was a popular mindset that video games were just a waste of time, and didn’t actually teach you anything. The funny thing is that notion was pushed by people who didn’t really understand video games.
The games I played when I was younger, generally had great story lines, a lot of imagination, and wonderful values. I remember playing multiple games from the Zelda franchise, and each time I was filled with wonder. If I had just given in and listened to what everyone else was saying, I would have missed out on the valuable lessons of balance and harmony in the Zelda stories.
If games were as bad as people made them out to be when I was growing up, you wouldn’t see the e-sports players and teams or the approximately $120 billion in 2018 the gaming industry generated, according to Business Insider.
By using my own experiences and thinking for myself, I kept doing something I genuinely enjoyed and have not regretted it for one sec.
When you feel like quitting, keep moving.
You’ll find a way to win.
Before video games were able to be played online with so many other players, they used to be isolated to your console at home. You were limited to either playing solo player games or at most two player versus games.
With either type of game, I would eventually come across a level, puzzle, or boss that I couldn’t get past or defeat. As a kid playing these games, I learned the frustration of being blocked from progressing, because of someone or something. I also learned standing still wastes time and sometimes gets you killed.
A couple of key characteristics I got by pushing through a boss or level I couldn’t beat was my grit and determination. There was always a way out, around, or through a level. You just had to think about the environment you were in and what the rules were in that area.
Surprisingly, I’ve been able to use this tactic in real life, when there is an obstacle I need to overcome. It may sound stupid, but it helps me get things done. I’m able to take a step back, analyze my environment and what resources I have, then come up with a plan that would hopefully lead to success.
If it didn’t work, I would just try again, maybe not as quickly as I could in a video game, but another opportunity would eventually show up.
Not everyone is worth your time.
You won’t get along with everyone.
The wonderful thing about being online is that you can just choose not to play with someone. The simplicity in this action helps you cut through any false presumptions and you can be ok with that. There are plenty of other people they can play and the same goes for you. No need to feel bad about it.
It’ll take some time before you find some random players that you end up wanting to consistently play with, but it’s great when you do. You’ll notice that your virtual acquaintances end up becoming your real friends. Because you guys are already playing the same game, you already know you have something in common.
I only have so much time playing games, so why not enjoy my time. The same goes for real life. I only have so much time outside of my responsibilities that I don’t need other people I don’t know stressing me out even more.
Everything comes to an end.
But there’s always another game to explore.
No matter how badly you may want a story to continue, you’ll eventually make it to the end. Nothing goes on forever, and video games helped me see two positives from the experience:
- The journey is more fun than just getting to your destination.
- There’s always something to look forward to.
When things were wrapping up for me with my time at a company or time with friends, I could be happy knowing that we had a great time and there’s a tomorrow waiting for us.