At 11/2/11 10:50 AM, jarrydn wrote:
to all the gamers
do you not feel like you are wasting your time-
Hell no, you can stop right there, busta.
I've been playing video games since I was, like, 5 or some shit and I have never felt that playing a video game was wasting my life away. You're accomplishing things in a different world, this is a different plane of existence with better defined rules and shit where you can be someone else and save the universe. YOU CAN SAVE THE UNIVERSE! You can't do that in real life unless you're fuckin' psychotic or on drugs!
The whole point of them is to have fun and do things that are impossible or improbable in your real life experiences or to tell stories in an interactive way, like a book or television show, but more interactive. Even games like dating sims and Animal Crossing have relevance, because you're escaping from real life into a world where, sure you do some mundane shit, but you do it with more interesting people or with motherfucking animals, lol. Plus, you can play with and make real life friends in/through videogames. In this aspect, we can reference the internet. I mean, I'm here to say and do things I can't in real life, I'm sure you all are too.
Video games can also open you up to new knowledge or topics. It would've taken me a lot longer to learn about the Romance of the Three Kingdoms (the war that waged for over 100 years in China between Wu, Shu and Wei) if I had never played Dynasty Warriors 3. Another thing is that video game music is what encouraged me to love music from the start and I'm still fiercely influenced by it. I mean, sure, it was Rob Zombie, Korn and Misfits that made me pick up a bass and a guitar, but before that was video games like Legend of Zelda and Lunar 2 that made me go to the keyboard and create my own notation system.
I seriously never realized how much I loved music (when I was younger all I listened to was oldies, like doo wop, rock and jazz or what not without understanding that I had a knack for the notes) until I started singing music from Ocarina of time and playing video game music on the keyboard all the time. It became my passion and desire to make beautiful, meaningful music like the composers of VG music.
As some of you know, I'm not good with explaining things the way I want to, especially when they come form my head/heart and not from a text book, but I can tell you that I have some sort of strong love and devotion to video games, like I do with books, music and anime. So I know, for a fact, that the things I typed above aren't what I'm trying to say exactly and there's much more to be said, still... I can't get it out, but the point is that I don't think they're a waste of my time at all.
You know, beside the fact that we're all on a site that is based on visual/interactive media.