Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Video games: child's play?

I have always liked video games. Since I was around 7-8, I've had a number of consoles and I intend to buy Sony's new PS4, set to be released at the end of November.

25 years ago, it wasn't uncommon to hear people criticizing you for playing video games as they thought it was a waste of time and only for "children". Sadly, such a belief was nothing more than widespread ignorance.

In fact, it has been shown that video games have some benefits for you other than just having a good time while you stare at the TV screen. Playing video games can help you reduce stress and prevent depression, improve your decision-making skills, enhance creativity, increase motivation, etc.

Video games have come a long way since I was a child in primary school. This upcoming generation of consoles is so powerful that you can look forward to some pretty amazing games. Graphics are continuously getting better and during the next few years we'll be able to play games that look almost indistinguishable from reality.

But no less impressive is the fact that developers can now create bigger worlds for you to explore and interact with more realistic characters. These worlds will make the gaming experience a lot more interesting and satisfying.

It is obvious that these days video games are on a par with movies and no one with some knowledge of this industry would consider them as an activity for "children". Actually, a large number of games are rated 18+ because of their violence or sex content, just like movies.

Let the fun times begin!

Do you play video games?

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