Why people play video games: Top 10 reasons

Teachers. Parents. Girlfriends. Ever wonder why kids, teens and adults play video games? Learn more about what motivates gamers to check out of “reality” and plug in to the game. We’ve got the top 10 reasons why people play video games here.

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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
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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