Games That Teach: 5 Life Lessons Video Games Taught Me
This hub is going to talk about 5 life lessons video games have taught me over the years. Most people scoff at the fact that video games can teach important life lessons. The truth of the matter is that there are games that teach us valuable lessons out there in the world. It's just up to you to find these gems of wisdom locked away in video games!
Read on and see what video games have taught me about the world!
Think Outside The Box!
The first life lesson that video games have taught me is to think outside the box. In video games, we have a habit of attempting to solve our problems by taking the path of least resistance. Mind you, this is not always a bad idea. In fact, it is usually the best idea. However, sometimes there's a monster that can't be defeated by conventional means or a particularly feisty puzzle that refuses to just give up and solve itself. It's at times like these that we have to take a step outside the box and think about strange solutions that could work. Maybe that monster can be killed by acid, or that puzzle can be solved if only you attack it from a different angle.
Life is like that too. Sometimes, we get tunnel vision and fail to see the solutions to our problems because we refuse to leave the box. We try to take the path of least resistance, and while that almost always works, it doesn't always work.
Help Everyone You Meet!
The second life lesson that video games have taught me is to help everyone you meet. In video games, usually those of the roleplaying bent, you tend to get nice and juicy rewards for helping others out. Sometimes the reward is tangible, such as some gold pieces or a magical sword, and sometimes the reward isn't physically tangible, such as a hint that will help you get through a part of the game. In either case, video games have taught me that helping others benefits you, the player.
Life, again, is a lot like a video game. While our reasons for helping people aren't usually as selfish (although they can be as selfish or even more so than the examples above), we still get rewards by doing so. However, the rewards are rarely tangible. People like to call these rewards by the following names:
Note: This is not an exhaustive list of reward names for intangible rewards in real-life, nor does it attempt to be.
Mostly however, I have learned to help people in life because they need the help (and because it's the right thing to do). In other words, you don't need a reason to help people!
Play To Your Strengths!
The third life lesson that video games have taught me is to play to your strengths. In many video games, you get to choose from a list of characters, each with different abilities. Differing playstyles mean that different people play different characters best. For example, if you're playing a combat game and are a defensive player, you wouldn't pick a character that excels in offense, as you would be attempting to compensate for your weaknesses instead of playing to your strengths.
No one is perfect, and no one expects you to be!
Some of us spend a whole lifetime trying to compensate for our weaknesses instead of playing to our strengths. If you're good at working with electrical systems, but terrible at plumbing, you wouldn't try to make a living out of plumbing would you? While the answer to that question seems obvious, most people choose the latter when it comes to less obvious binary choices in life.
Again, play to your strengths, not to your weaknesses!
Never Give Up!
The fourth life lesson that video games have taught me is to never give up. If you're a gamer and reading this, you've probably had your fair share of brushes with deadly monsters that were one blow away from ending your game character's life, but you persevered and pulled victory from the jaws of defeat, instead of pressing the Power button. Or perhaps there was that one platforming sequence in a side-scroller game that made you want to pull your hair out. However, you refused to quit. Eventually, you got through it.
Life is all about never giving up. If you live your life just giving up, you're already dead! There are many times in life where we are believe that there's no hope. Sometimes, we try our hardest and still fail. However, if we find the strength to push on, no matter how bleak everything appears, we can triumph over anything and everything that life throws at us.
It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog! Life doesn't have a Power button. You're not going to go down without a fight, are you?
The fifth and final life lesson that video games have taught me is to have fun. Sometimes, when we engage in video games, we tend to lose sight of the reason we play them in the first place. Video games are a form of entertainment meant to pass the time and from which we're supposed to derive pleasure. There's no worse game than one that punishes you at every step of the way, without a tangible reward for your strain. However, there's no worse player than one who keeps playing such a game, as you're defeating the purpose of playing in the first place!
Life is much the same way. We grow up, lose our youthful innocence, and everything starts to become about work, bills, stress, marriage, kids, etc. Sometimes, we need to step back and actually have some fun! It's not like anyone is allergic to fun (contrary to what some nay-sayers would say)!
In conclusion, these are 5 life lessons that games that teach have taught me during my lifetime. As you can see, even video games have things to teach us. We just have to remain open to the possibilities!
Feel free to comment on this hub and/or list your own life lessons taught by games in the comments sections.
Until the next time, take care and have fun! ;)