There are numerous physical and mental health benefits to gaming, but these are seldom on my mind when I decide to sit down with a game.
Instead, what motivates me is to experience other lands, other worlds, even other identities. All from the comfort of my own living-room.
Playing games scratches the same mental itch for me as books do.
Both make me feel like I am inhabiting another life, in a way movies do not.
Movies and television lets you see the experiences of other people – games and books lets you feel them.
So why not just stick to books? Interactivity, that’s why!
While a book can portray other people from within their very being, only games lets you be that person.
A tragic choice takes on another meaning when you are the one who has to make it.
A scary or safe environment feels even more so, when you are the one who are inhabiting it.
If you have not yet given gaming enough of a chance, I think you should.
You deserve to experience what it has to offer.