Why Gamers Love Video Games

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Michael Southwick intensively plays Dark Souls 2, a live role play action game. He is on level 168 and has been playing the game for two years now. Photo by: Ileana Brown

Michael Southwick intensively plays Dark Souls 2, a live role play action game. He is on level 168 and has been playing the game for two years now. Photo by: Ileana Brown

Gaming is a culture that has become more prominent in the public eye in the past few years. It’s something that members are very loyal and attached to, but why are these people so committed to something so artificial?

Snow College student Alex Case said, “The thing I like the most is just playing with my friends.” Fellow Snow College student Tyler Crompton added, “I like that it has a certain level of immersion and interactivity that you just don’t get from any other media.” Gaming is infamous for pushing the envelope on the technology available, and with it the level of interactivity and storytelling available to both Gamers and non-Gamers alike.

“You can visualize it better than when you read or when you watch a movie. You can feel more a part of it than a movie or a book,” Crompton continued. Linlee Searcy, another Snow College student, said, “It’s the fact that you can go into another world, and just forget about some problems that you have.”

However, not all students feel the attraction to the Gaming community. Peter Johnsen, while not a self-proclaimed Gamer said that he will occasionally play. Johnsen commented, “I just can’t stand doing the same thing for hours and hours,” with one exception, he claimed, “unless it’s Minecraft.” Johnsen continued saying that while he personally isn’t as interested in Gaming, “It’s a good way to get to know people, whether you’re in the same room, or online, you interact with and meet a lot of people.” Johnsen later said that what attracts him to occasionally play is, “Beating my roommates.”

One criticism Gamers receive is in support of the stereotypes about Gamers, namely that video games cause violence in children, and that most Gamers are middle-aged men, living in their parents’ basement. Crompton stated, “They’re more or less true to some extent. All stereotypes have a cause, that’s why they’re being stereotyped.” Case adds, “To an extent, stereotypes are always exaggerated. There is some truth to it, but I think it’s mostly false.”

Johnsen specifically addressing the theory that video games cause violence said, “With games like Grand Theft Auto, you can do these bad things, and you see the outcome of it, and you don’t want to do that. I feel like it’s the opposite.”

In short, the gaming culture is an open and friendly community that accepts newcomers with open arms, and while many stereotypes paint the gaming community in a negative light, the majority of gamers and the points of their culture are positive elements that anyone can enjoy.

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