With the COVID-19 pandemic still in full effect, and many cities across the globe still on lockdown, more and more people are stuck indoors and starting to realize how important video games are to beat boredom. As each day of the city-wide lockdowns continue, people are starting to turn to it to keep them company in such a stressful time.
Now, as someone who’s been into video games for so long, you might think I’d jump at the opportunity to say “I told you guys video games are great!” But, if anything, the more people appreciate the art form, the better. I would know this from experience. Gaming has changed my life in so many ways, and that’s why today I want to share with you the three biggest lessons I’ve learned from gaming.
1) Tough Times Don’t Last, But Tough People Do
Being a gamer has helped me through so many difficult times. In high school, for instance, I had social problems and got into a lot of fights. This forced my parents to take me to a therapist, and it turned out I had bipolar disorder. It was such a difficult period, and every time I reached a new low, there were even lower depths awaiting me.
But what was constant for me throughout this period was video games. The feeling of getting to turn on a console and just sink my time seizing control of worlds and characters I didn’t think were possible? Having that was something that kept me going and gave me enough to keep me afloat.
Gaming gave me a space to reflect and assemble small bits of my life together. It taught me that in order to outlast tough times, I have to be tough too.
2) There Are So Many Ways to Succeed
Most people think video games make kids lazy and stop them from achieving things in life. While I could tell you that the billion-dollar esports industry is quickly proving all those people wrong, the point that I want to illustrate is how much video games can really teach you about resilience and fortitude.
Through gaming, you’re challenged to get better. And this doesn’t just mean learning new things, but it means applying them through practice and training. Anyone who’s played video games has had to deal with a really tough boss enemy that they took hours trying to beat. Or maybe they’ve dealt with tough online competitors who relentlessly trash talk to the point of their opponent crying.
But what’s consistent about these two experiences is that it shows that the only way to beat adversity is by training and bettering yourself. Gaming teaches you the importance of practice and discipline, and those are things I carry with me to this day.
3) There’s a Place for You in the World
I’ve met a few fun and cool friends from video games. Whether it’s through real life tournaments, or online games or forums that helped me develop new connections. Whether these friends stayed exclusively online, I cherish them as some of my most trusted confidants.
As someone who didn’t grow up with the best social skills, gaming showed me that there was a place for me. That there was a safe space for people who would listen and that I could trust to help me better myself both online and offline. And there’s no doubt that through gaming, you’ll find your space too.