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A Gamer’s Defense To His Addiction

Updated on July 12, 2014

Pew, pew, pew! Laser beams ricocheting everywhere. Clang, clang, clang! Bright sparks flying all over the place as swords clank with each other. Suddenly, I happened to glance at the clock. Oh, crap. It’s already late. A few moments of decision-making and poof! Back to the game.

This is my life. I know gamers out there can feel me. The routine has already become a habit. Yes, quitting is an option but it’s hard. Playing has already become part of the daily routine. Missing to play a single day is like missing a birthday. Nothing’s more exhilarating than a few hours of keyboard-smashing.

Whether it’s a console, or a pc, or a handheld game, I can’t help but immerse myself into the mystical realms of magic and lore.

My parents hate me for this. My girlfriend hates me for this. Some of my friends don’t hang out with me anymore because of my addiction. The world I knew might turn against me someday because of my addiction.

A 9-letter noun but its meaning is stuffed with a ton of worth.

Before you judge a gamer as somebody who’s a complete unsociable, unhealthy geek, think twice about your views. Gaming actually comes off with a couple of benefits. Of course, years of playing Warcraft or GEB should have paid off, right? To do something without gaining profit is totally crap.

This list is based on what I’ve garnered over years of playing. All of the facts written below are grounded on my personal experience. I can be correct or I can be wrong. The important thing is please, hear me out.

1.) Gaming is a static recreation. Recreation is an activity done for enjoyment when not working. Just because gaming doesn’t involve the movement of every muscle in our body means that it’s no fun. As long as your mental state is entertained, the physical fulfillment is only a bonus.


2.) It made me a team-player. Parties and guilds are groups in which interacting is necessary. Killing a strong boss can’t be done without effective teamwork. The same is relevant with my life. Working with a group is not a problem anymore since I know that it’s essential to success.


3.) It enhanced my coordination. I’m not sure if this fact applies to everyone but I was fortunate enough that it worked for me. Most fellow game addicts would’ve failed in most physical tests but not me.

In fact, I was surprised that all my P.E practicum during high school was above average. Guess I owe it to games. Love you, Tifa!


4.) Games molded me to become an approachable person. This is my favorite. Usually, gamers tend to be out of place from social circles and such. For some, crowds are mob spots where you can be pk-ed or ambushed.

Well, the effect was the total opposite for me. I became fond of gatherings, sometimes imagining it as an event where players huddle for surprises from GMs. Applying some elements of RPGs in real life is not a bad thing!


5.) Playing games improve my decision making skills. True, most articles talk a lot about this and they’re right. I’m a living witness to it.

During my exams, I don’t have doubts regarding my answers since my mind is set to stick to a choice, the same as I make split-second decisions in most FPS or action games.

The impact is also observed in my chess performance recently. The way I execute my moves have become stable. Turn-based RPGs have really affected my strategic abilities—in a positive way.


6.) My knowledge broadened because of games. If you believe that that games will disintegrate every bit of working nerve cells in your brain, hell no. I learned a lot of valuable stuff from games.

Some games offer historic facts like Jeanne D’Arc while others like sci-fi-themed ones are associated with science and technology. It’s like watching Discovery Channel while having fun at the same time!


7.) It boosted my negotiating abilities. True, whether it’s a small bargain or a major transaction, I can handle the situation with proficiency. I wouldn’t have been good at it if it were not for the tricky trades that I did in most MMOs. See? Even business administration is included!


8.) Lastly, games crafted me to become artistic and creative plus making my imagination wilder. I’ve always hated drawing, collage-making, or anything related to art. Everything about it seems rather complex and tiring.

But when I saw fan-arts and concept arts in some websites, I don’t know but I felt something ignite within me. In no time, I found myself passionately drawing stuffs, from armors to full-body heroes. I’m not a master in the field yet. The process is slow but still, I’m glad that I am learning.

A warrior I've drawn back then. Pardon me if it's not that great.

You can argue that games really have a couple of negative effects. The fact that too much exposure to the virtual world is already scientifically proven. I’m not against your perspective. To be honest, it’s great to have some people doubt you because it means that I got something to prove. It’s fine. I just want to make a slight difference on how you people picture gamers like me.

Well, I hope you’ve learned a lot from my blog. I’m sure you are already ordering your first console right at this moment! Long live the games!

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      Janus Joshua Angeles 3 years ago from Philippines

      I somehow agree with you but I just want to justify some facts and ponder points in which video gaming has actually made a helpful impact in my life. With all those posts about the negative effects of video games, it's hard to take a stand.

      Also, social networking and gaming are two different activities. Your mind is more active in playing. But still, thanks for the opinion!

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      j-u-i-c-e 3 years ago from Waterloo, On

      I don't think you really have to justify playing video games. It's not like non-gamers don't waste huge amounts of time on Facebook or watching reality television or going to the bar or watching sports. When those kinds of people look down on gamers it's just because you're doing something they're not interested in so it must be 'bad' or 'a waste of time'.

      I'm not convinced that getting together with your buddies to drink beer is any more social than hanging out with them online in an MMO. Aside from their physical presence there isn't any real difference.

      It's all about balance, imo. As long as it's not adversely impacting your life, and you're not using it to avoid your responsibilities, it's just something that people do for entertainment.

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      Dice Berg 3 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Hey this is really cool. What hat you stated made me even more proud of being a gamer! Now the world knows what we feel!

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      TheTalkingHand 3 years ago

      Great words! now I can spoil my self playing online games! thanks for influencing bro! hahaha

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      Peter 3 years ago

      All good points, I think they pretty much all apply for me too.

      Though I haven't found much free time to play games recently... (do that at work)

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      DeltaTangoEthan 3 years ago

      Team work - that's probably the strongest point in gaming, which has focused more and more on multiplayer interaction

      good thing my parents are gamers too :D