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!