Posted on April 1, 2018
“Why do gamers play video games?” The question brings such annoyance and disdain as it enter the ear of any gamer as the source of the question looks on them with rolling eyes and sarcasm. The question is as baffling to the gamer as to why someone have to ask such a question as they answer with equal sarcasm, “why don’t you play video games?” Can any gamer understand why someone enjoys playing sports, shopping or crafting beautiful furniture? Now wait a minute, are you saying that gamers don’t play sports or enjoy shopping or craft beautiful furniture or vise versa? Did I? That wouldn’t make any sense. Surely there are athletes that play video games. I am sure that many a gamer has enjoyed a shopping spree. One would have not have to look far on the internet to see that some of the best craftsmen are gamers and were even inspired by the very games they played. This truly then brings to the forefront of the ridiculousness of the question then now doesn’t it. The truth, as it is revealed is not, “why do gamers play video games,” but “ what is a gamer,” and gamer can be well anybody. So this question turns into “why does anybody play video games?”
When compared to other forms of art and entrainment one attribute stands out amongst all others. Participation. Video games by their nature are an interactive experience constantly asking the player for feedback and direction even if this is at times only an illusion by the game, which in turn would show the skill of developers. Other art forms, offer only mostly a passive experience. No matter the how the moving concert, it would be unusual, if not certainly a spectacle to see a musician to ask the entire audience to suddenly join in and start playing music assuming of course, that everyone knew how to play. How about a movie asking every person to in a theater to participating in the movies events, assuming every person wants the same decisions, but doesn’t that seem more like a video game.
The examples can continue but I do not believe it is needed. Video games offer people chance to be a part of the art, to dictate it, and in some cases maybe have a chance to change it. To be able ironically play sports, build and craft things, and yes even go on a shopping spree, but in places beyond and with things beyond imagination or at least at one could stretch the imagination. This why people games, and will continue to play them for the coming years as our imagination grows so will to the games.