October 18, 2012 at 5:14 pm

The Drewth about Video Games

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“Drew Playing Skyrim”
Watercolor, from life
Lucy Jakub 2012

I have been playing video games from roughly the age of five.  I can still recall those magical days of playing Spyro the Dragon on the original Playstation, struck with wonder as the tiny pixels danced before my eyes.  It is difficult to explain what drew me to them so – perhaps it was that with video games, I was given control of some aspect of another world, completely free and separate from the restraints of my own.  Yes, there are rules, and there are limits as to what you can do, but it was as if my own natural limits (such as dying only once or being human) could be exceeded through a virtual reality, a vicarious journey.  And I was in control.

Before anyone makes the point that video games are addictive and can rule a person’s life, I will preemptively agree.  It is true, one can easily become addicted to these entertainments on screen, as they can to any other form of entertainment media.  The difference is that video games give the player the ability to control, to interact with another universe that is directly and obviously affected by that person’s actions in the game.  Anyone can develop a simple attraction, if not an addiction, to that.

At the same time, there is nothing inherently wrong with video games or the playing thereof.  Oft times, they serve as a very healthy diversion from the annoying complications and tedium of everyday life.  We all have our own ways of escape, even if they aren’t video games.  I myself am what may be referred to as a “gamer,” and I am still active in school, extracurriculars and life in general.  So frankly, the general stereotype of gamers as friendless, uneducated, irresponsible morons is utterly bogus.

I believe video games are as much of a legitimate art form as movies, music, or what have you, but they can be abused.  So in conclusion, when enjoyed properly and in moderation (just like anything else for enjoyment), video games are a completely wholesome means of having plain and simple fun, especially with other people.  And that’s the Drewth.
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