Monday, December 07, 2009

The Allure of Video Games

Let me briefly summarize why people like playing video games (computer games, gaming consoles of all kinds included). Feel free to add more in the comments.

1. Fantasizing: People like living imaginary lives. In a game, you could be anything. A soldier, a thief or an ancient warlock. People can never be in real life.

2. Making second choices: Games give you a chance of correcting what you did wrong. You can go back and play that level again. Real life doesn’t give you second chances.

3. Attainable goals: Games give you goals that are attainable. If a goal is not attainable you make them so by shifting the slider to the ‘easy’ or ‘noob’ level. Goals in real life don’t have adjustable difficulty. Sometimes goals aren’t even well defined. Sometimes there are no goals, let along attaining them.

10 comments:

  1. I've seen guys getting their ass kicked every time they play a game but they still don't stop. That makes:

    4. Get ass whipped for reasons that have to do with carnal pleasure and do it over and over again without being ostracized by society.

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  2. @Vishnu: Ha ha. Very true.

    Yaar, you live right behind my house. Drop by sometime! :)

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  3. Also, the video game world is fair, unlike real life. You play well, you win! There aren't too many surprizes.

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  4. @Yash: Very true! I guess we could combine (3) with your point.

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  5. 5. Play with "toys" you'd never get to in real life. (This is related to no. 1, I guess.) Like piloting a space ship, driving a race car, and (very ashamed, but this especially applies if you're a Hitman fan), creeping up behind people and fibre-wiring them.

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  6. @Payal: Fibre-wiring people?!! Okay ...

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  7. I disagree!!Video games require skills and practice...they are not a virtual trip that you take through the gates of your console/handheld/pc to make yourself feel better...
    video games are great stress busters..you really work hard to beat a game in it's last levels...people who've never played them(or tried playing them...but couldn't cause the person next to you judged you too soon and said-"oh dude!!...you suck at this..")think oh..huh...i am too matured to play this...
    I am not saying you should be obsessed with them but they require constant practice...and just to be clear not all games come with easy/medium/hard modes...some of 'em are hard and you really need to practice to beat them....some of them like Ghost Recon or Rainbow six which come with multiplayer modes test your presence of mind and decision making abilities against others...

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  8. I disagree!!Video games require skills and practice...they are not a virtual trip that you take through the gates of your console/handheld/pc to make yourself feel better...
    video games are great stress busters..you really work hard to beat a game in it's last levels...people who've never played them(or tried playing them...but couldn't cause the person next to you judged you too soon and said-"oh dude!!...you suck at this..")think oh..huh...i am too matured to play this...
    I am not saying you should be obsessed with them but they require constant practice...and just to be clear not all games come with easy/medium/hard modes...some of 'em are hard and you really need to practice to beat them....some of them like Ghost Recon or Rainbow six which come with multiplayer modes test your presence of mind and decision making abilities against others...

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