Why Video Games Matter

Justin Davis, IGN:

The best answer I’ve been able to come up with is that the medium of video games, unlike any other, presents us with a sense of endless possibility. When you become an adult you realize that there’s no real magic in the world. Our lives can be enjoyable and fulfilling, but for the most part they’re also… mundane. We have to go to work, do the dishes and do the laundry. Anything we can explore has already been seen and done hundreds of times. […]

That stack of games on your table is not just a collection of software. It contains an uncountable number of puzzles, mysteries, battles, characters… windows into entire worlds. Worlds that don’t need to follow the rules. Worlds that always have something waiting for you, in the murky depths.

They might be the only way we have left to put some magic back into the world.

There’s nothing like the beauty of the interactive story, the visuals, the depth of plot, and the potential for your imagination to run wild. I can honestly say that I am the person I am today because of my experience growing up with video games, and it has made me a better person because I allowed myself to be immersed in those worlds and to engage with those characters and their virtual lives and struggles. Video games can often go beyond mindless action or repetitive grinding to include emotion, life, music and art, and there have been moments where I felt myself utterly thankful to have experienced a game.

I learnt so much about so many things from video games, and I fully intend to continue this experiential and appreciative learning.


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