Why Do You Play Games?

I was having a conversation with a friend a while back about the time we spend gaming and the realization hit that our common hobby isn’t actually as similar as it might appear on the surface. For instance, he primarily games on a computer while I’ve always been a fan of console play. He opts for multiplayer experiences whereas I tend to gravitate toward single-player adventures. And while I like firing up a game to relax and explore at the end of a long work day, my friend likes the furious competition found in competitive, skill-based games.

While it’s certainly not something I was oblivious to, I had never taken much time to think about peoples’ wide array of motivations they might have for gaming. For some, gaming is an escape. It’s a way of disappearing from the demands of the world and surrounding yourself with new people, places, and things for just that small chunk of time. Others are more direct in their approach and spend their time pursuing achievements and trophies to conquer all the challenges that a game has to offer. And millions more around the world use gaming as a way of meeting people online, competing in multiplayer matches for glory, or just wasting time by doing something that requires attention.

As I stated before, gaming is what I do to unwind most days of the week. I enjoy relaxing while I play and immersing myself into mystical, mysterious worlds that I’m free to explore at my own leisure. It’s for this reason that I derive so much enjoyment from epic series like The Elder Scrolls, The Legend of Zelda, and The Witcher. But that being said, I do also enjoy a good challenge here and there. The Dark Souls series and Hollow Knight are some of the more grueling games I’ve poured time into this past year, and I loved the accomplishment found in toppling a brutal boss.

But what about you? What motivates you to play games? Let me know with a comment! Thank you for reading, friends, and game on!


7 thoughts on “Why Do You Play Games?

  1. Part of the reason I play games is because there is much more creativity to be found in games than in most mediums. As such, I find I have much more interesting conversations discussing games than most works in non-interactive mediums. It’s much more interesting to discuss something you took part in rather than passively observed.

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    1. That’s a very good point! I agree wholeheartedly. Gaming can envelope the same experiences of viewing, listening to, and feeling art, but all wrapped up in one amazing package.

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  2. Games are a great way of escaping reality as books are for me. It is a well of creativity that is interactive and in a way a modern form of art in some instances. I really do enjoy games like Witcher 3 but retro games is a nice diversion as well.

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    1. Agreed! I love big RPGs that just suck away the time, but I’ve lately been drawn to more streamlined adventures like Hollow Knight and Celeste (not that they are over very quickly, if you go for as many extras as possible!). Both of these are also excellent arguments for the case of video games being considered art.

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      1. You’ll probably love Hyper Light Drifter if you enjoy Hollow Knight. Okami and Journey were amazing too. All the creativity seems to be coming from indie these days.

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      2. I played and loved both HLD and Okami (I’d like to do the former again sometime soon!), but I don’t have a PlayStation for Journey. And yes, indie games have been some of my favorites the last couple years! They’re getting bigger and better all the time!


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