Why do you game? That may sound like a silly question, but really think about it. Why do you game? I’m sure you’re probably thinking, “I play video games because they are fun duh,” which of course is true, video games are fun, if they weren’t, we probably wouldn’t play them so much.
But I want you to think deeper than that; if you’re like me you game often. I want to know what it is that you love most about the gaming experience? What is your most memorable gaming moment? We all love video games but what was it about video games that attracted you?
What was it about that experience that has you continuing to play year after year, game after game? For some of us we need to think back a long time, but I would bet you can still remember that moment.
My love for gaming started when my parents bought me my first gaming consoles that we instantly fell in love with. My first consoles were Super Nintendo and Sega genesis. I remember instantly loving both and spending countless hours playing games like Kid Chameleon and Mario Kart.
My love for gaming spans decades and I found that each new console brought a new component to gaming that made me love it more and more.
Many of us game for different reasons, but whatever the reason we all share one thing in common, we love to game. Gaming can be life changing. I think it is good to reflect on our gaming journey and reminisce on the days when we first fell in love with it.
Games have the power to bring friends and family together or get you through hard times, it can transport you to new exotic worlds that have never been explored, it gives you the ability to tell your own story and to carve your own way. You can be whoever you want and do whatever you want, there are no limitations, something we can’t always say for our real lives.
Gaming has always been a huge part of my family. All night gaming marathons playing Mario Kart 64, Super Smash Bros, and No Mercy with my family were some of the highlights of my childhood.
For me, being able to dive into a new world and immerse myself completely in that universe and all its components was a perfect getaway. I will never forget how in awe I was of Elder Scrolls: Morrowind, on the original Xbox, it is one of my all-time favorite games.
It was the first time I was introduced to the Elder Scrolls series and I was completely enthralled in the story. The sheer vastness of the world is something I had never experienced before. The world was so detailed and mesmerizing, there was so much to do and so many places to explore. I would spend hours upon hours lost in Vvardenfell.
It’s this feeling of wonder and exploration that drives my love for video games. Trying new stories, fully delving into every facet of a game, every Easter egg, and every objective are some of my favorite aspects of gaming.
Everyone has their own reasons for gaming. It could be that gaming is your escape and helps to relieve stress, maybe you’re a veteran who suffers from PTSD and gaming is one of the only things that provides therapeutic relief, or maybe your like my family and use video games to bring your family together; Whatever your reason for playing, I’m sure we all can agree that gaming has brought us something valuable. So why do you game? Share your stories in the comment section below and keep gaming.