When most people think of gamers, they think of fat antisocial slobs who just sit in their mom’s basement wasting their life away on a computer. Despite this stigma and the common stereotypes, about 70% of all Americans play video games according to a survey conducted by Variety and a surprising amount of our culture and entertainment revolves around them nowadays.
Despite the name, some video games are more than just games, and can actually tell a deep, intricate, and very well crafted narrative that often times evoke genuine emotions such as sorrow, happiness, or anger. Many video gamers who are aware of this fact will often describe games as not just games, but interactive movies.
Not only do some video games evoke emotion, but many more are inadvertently informational. Whether it be games like Europa Universalis IV that attempt to stay as historically accurate as possible, or games such as League of Legends which are more team-based and teach the player to cooperate, strategize, and work together with their team. Almost all games have some sort of lesson that can be learned from them, whether intentional or not.
But with games like League of Legends also comes not just social interaction but also often blossoming friendships that originate from video games. Dakota Busse, ‘21, often plays video games longer than he thinks he should, but tries to make up for it by playing with his friends and family, “I usually try to play with my friends as much as I can, occasionally I’ll even play with my parents or siblings.”
Whether it’s casually playing games on the phone when bored or playing on a thousand dollar gaming PC 24/7, you’re technically a gamer, and video games likely affect not only you and your life individually, but our culture as a whole.