When I was still a child, I used to watch other kids playing video games. I haven't experienced owning a PlayStation so I satisfy myself watching them enjoy their games. During those times, the most popular games were the Resident Evil series, Silent Hill, Rampage, Final Fantasy, and Brigandine. I told myself that when I grow up and land a job, I will play all the games I want to.
I am already a working adult, though I haven't the luxury of time to play all the games I want to. However, whenever I have the chance, I do open gaming apps. This is to the surprise of those who know me. All along they thought that I am just a book person - which is true! I love books and I will choose books any time of the day. But I do play, and I love video games. Here's why:
I play video games whenever I finish a daunting task and I want to celebrate my little wins. When I have a pocket of time and I don't have anything to do, I celebrate with my favorite games. Games are perfect after a very tiring meeting, or after completing an exhausting bank reconciliation. You don't have to bore yourself to work and no play. From time to time, reward yourself. It doesn't hurt to be like a child and play like a child.
Playing video games can be relaxing. After a tiring day's work and before you snooze off to bed, have a few rounds of your favorite NBA game. Just don't abuse your body, else you'll end up tired than you should be. Play in moderation for relaxation.
Doing quests and challenges stimulates your mind. It is likened to a puzzle, it exercises your decision-making and improves your critical thinking. I love playing Role Playing Games, especially those with lots of riddles and puzzles and tricky storylines. It stimulates me and energizes me. If you have played Resident Evil before, there are lots of keys, riddles and, mazes you have to get through to finish the game, which makes it more challenging and exciting.
Our daily routine is like this: you wake up early, take your breakfast, take a bath, go to the office or school, do your stuff, get home, be a loving family member for a few hours then sleep. The next day is another round to do the same routine. It's just a little different now that we are still in a pandemic, but you get what I'm saying. It's the same thing every day. Playing video games is the break we can always accommodate so we will not get burned out by our recurring, boring, and routine dailies.
Once you have rested your system from the tedious work you had the previous day, you are now ready to face another workload. Your rest may include playing video games. We are trichotomous beings - we have body, soul, and spirit. We do not just rest our physical bodies, we also rest our spiritual and emotional selves. I believe at least a healthy me-time (which may include playing your favorite games) is commendable. It recharges and prepares you for more of life.
Just a word of caution. Excessive time playing video games is not recommended. It is harmful and unproductive. Play only when time permits you to do so. Play when you got nothing more important to do. Don't let gaming take over your life. There are more valuable things to do than just leveling up your character.
Play in moderation.
What's your favorite game?
This post is originally published in read.cash with the title "This is Why We Play"
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