Monday September 22nd 2014

Why people play video games: Top 10 reasons

Video gaming culture

If you aren’t big into video games, you may think that playing video games is a waste of time.  And you might looks for the Top reasons why video games are bad for you.   But gamers would disagree with you totally.

Most often, it seems that people engage with video games because it is their chosen medium of entertainment. Many games are accompanied by a storyline or game challenges that engage a gamer’s mental and emotional buttons. This may be what keeps them coming back. Or it might be that explosions, gun fire and eliminating opponents (killing) attract and hold people’s attention.

Either way, gaming can become a way of life. Video gaming culture can become a way of relating to the world in either an ideal way or as a way to escape the responsibilities and disappointments of real life.  And it should be noted that it is possible that there are video game effects on people.  However, many gamers feel compelled to continue playing, and here are their reasons why.

Top 10 reasons people play video games

Taken from forum discussions about video gaming, here’s a basic primer on what motivates people to play video games and why people like to play video games.

1. Entertainment and fun

2. Challenge

3. Boredom – “Games are my “fall back” way to kill time when I have nothing to do.”

4. Camaraderie and connectedness – “The main thing that drives me is teamwork., I don’t like free-for-all… I want team-based games. Teamwork [is] the only thing I want online.”

5. Emotional satisfaction – “In short,we do it cause its fun and it feels good.”

6. Alternative to negative behaviors – “They keep me occupied and out of trouble.”

7. Escapism – “With video games, you can escape the perpetual boredom of the real world, and become anything you want to be.”

8. Practice or learn life skills – “I…organize, prioritize, create context, make friends, lead strangers, make hard choices, feel empathy, and give mercy”

9. Stress relief (displacement or delay of responsibility IRL*)

10. Difficulty making friends IRL

* IRL = in real life

Video gaming debate

Each case of video game use needs to be evaluated individually.  In fact, playing video games cannot be intrinsically categorized as “GOOD” or “BAD”.  For example, if you’ve ever wondered, “How are video games good for you?” , there are many benefits to playing video games that can even be transferred to real life.  But what do you think?  What brought you here to look at this list?  Are you trying to change someone else’s behavior?  Do you wish for a different society?  Your comments and feedback are welcomed below.

Reference sources: 2K Games Forums, BattleOn Forums, Game Trailers Forums

Photo credit: okaysamurai

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15 Responses to “Why people play video games: Top 10 reasons
Eric
6:41 am May 12th, 2011

Too much video games are like bad omens. You’ll go nowhere unless you dispose of the habit. I’m not saying that video games are bad. If they’re bad they’ve already been removed from the current history.
What I’m saying is that playing games should be taken in moderation just like in taking in medicine and eating chocolates.

hunter
2:09 pm October 25th, 2011

the 10th one is true for me :[ ::::::

Vista
3:36 am November 10th, 2011

I’m doing research for my compare and contrast essay. That I need to get done for school on “Why people choose video games over board games”. This is how I came across this web link.

Video games can be used for educational purposes. They can relate to real life situation, as in simulation.

Oozey
6:37 pm January 14th, 2012

well, i feel like i wanna stop cause all the reasons here are true for me::(
making frndes used to be difficoult for me but almost not anymore, but am really addicted and wanna stop doing that but i don’t know how?

anton
8:31 pm February 21st, 2012

I love to go to clubs with friends, but sometimes that addiction makes me stay home and play like a looser. It funny and intertaning but when that addiction affects friends, school, family relation, your character and a lot of other stuff that will play a bad role in your future life, it really makes me wanna stop, tonight I’m going OUT… Thanks for creating websites like that, I feel good when I see that some people really care…

11:36 am February 22nd, 2012

Hi everyone. I just wanted to add something about making friends in real life. I am 36 right now. I have maybe one friend who I can count on. Friends are really hard to come by in life. But acquaintances are plenty. So, if you can find people who also love video games, but who you also enjoy activities OTHER THAN playing videos games….you might be able to use gaming to your advantage.

Do you see what I mean?

Daniel
11:06 am September 7th, 2012

Video games just makes it harder to make friends and focus on school. Do you think they shouldnt invent video games?

12:23 pm September 9th, 2012

Hi Daniel. No, I think that people simply need to learn to self-regulate their video game playing. And to make it a part of a holistic life.

sam
4:03 pm January 31st, 2013

in my own opinion video games are good and bad at the same time on one hand they cause bad habits and make it hard to make friends but it helps in others to that’s why you use moderation thairs thousands of other things that are like this like alcohol you don’t just go and say if you do this you will go kill a bunch of orfins its all in moderation

Maybe Jacob
9:13 pm April 22nd, 2013

I actually just wanted to know what drives people to play video games because I plan to be a game maker. That would be an important fact to know.Because I’m posting I guess I should mention my top three reasons for playing video games are
1.The Challenge(puzzle or hand eye coordination )
2.The Social aspects(Seeing my dad or brother)
3.The Safety(I enjoy climbing and running but skydiving and shooting people is a bit to much for me.)
Last thing I wrote my name as Maybe Jacob because you don’t need my name.

anton
8:11 pm May 1st, 2013

i didn’t play a single game on my ps3 for now about 4 month, and if I was to try now, Im sure I will get bored after 10 minutes. The way i did it is really easy. Here are the few things to respect in order of importance.
1. dont buy any new games
2. Get a girlfriend ( works 75% )
3. socialise more with your friends and girlfriends (clubbing)
4. find a different addiction (books, social networks, youtube videos)
5. make sure you are up to date with your work/homework before you play
6. Dont play during school/work days
7. try to keep your gaming spirit for rainy sundays
8. Get into a sport
9. Get some balls and face your problems.
10. Tell yourself that it is destroying your brain each time you play
11. tell your parents/wife/… to hide your console.

really the most important one is the first, its the one that worked for me… PLS leave a message if you tried my method, and express your opinion about it…

Josh
1:13 pm November 5th, 2013

I think people play video games for satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment in their inadequate life.

Drew
9:26 pm November 6th, 2013

Games are good for another life you want to live, they also increase creativity which is the best characteristic for inventers and any other jobs that include making a better environment.

Von
12:17 am May 3rd, 2014

I came across this page because I googled “person playing video games” and the image up top was one of the first good results.

While I’m replying, I have to say that I agree wholeheartedly that VG’s have both positive and negative side effects. With games that allow multi-personal communication (talking between actual people), it can lead to the gamer coming into contact with other cultures, as well as being able to develop leadership and teamwork skills. Split-screen games can help someone make friends easier (like mentioned by the writer of this page already). However, if the other people on-line lie about things (ie. saying that shaking hands is seen as derogatory in the U.S.A., when it’s really just a greeting), then this can lead to cultural misconceptions. Single-player games also have a double effect. While they can lead to the development of a host of skills, they can also cause a person to become detached from reality and serious dependency issues related to becoming too attached to the virtual world.

That said, I believe that games can facilitate many good qualities, but moderation is extensively important. I personally like video games, for some of the reasons mentioned above and others.

Username
5:18 pm August 12th, 2014

Most gamers will play the games they love…games are created for entertainment.

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