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Submitted by masterabbott 1121d ago | opinion piece

Why do we play?

Michael Mar From Capsule Computers wrote :

Now before you just look at the title and think “Oh, here comes some philosophical existential bullcrap” I think it’s worth stopping to think about the most basic of reasons why it is we play video games. The industry still constantly in a spotlight of negativity in the wider media for inspiring violence, breeding social ineptitude, encouraging children not to eat their vegetables and blah blah blah. (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, ICO / Shadow of the Colosuss, PS3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Xbox 360)

militissanctus  +   1121d ago
I play because, unlike a book or movie, you experience and influence the world around you in a video game. That's much more powerful to me than taking it all in as an observer.
yaz288  +   1121d ago
what a deep answer.
LinkageAX  +   1121d ago
For the lols.
masterabbott  +   1121d ago
lots of good games have lols which ones are your favs?
ZacE  +   1121d ago
I play because I can.
Spike_414  +   1121d ago
I mainly play for the Story structure of games too, but I find alot of multiplayer sections of games like Mario Party enjoyable. Seriously, they make GREAT drinking games.
masterabbott  +   1121d ago
i agree with you on that one a good story is what drives me forward to play.
coaidant  +   1121d ago
Video games are a way of life
shadowwizard  +   1121d ago
Ehhh, because of FUN?
onyoursistersback  +   1121d ago
I play to keep in shape,
(Round being a shape)
Picnic  +   1121d ago
I play because, at their best, games are a no-strings attached chance to experience some kind of attempt at making a magical experience.

Whereas in real life people often biasedly judge your worthiness to receive that experience and lack the capability to give it themselves anyway.

Basically, they're the closest that most people will get to Disneyland in their own home or, sadly, community or even country.

As my post may suggest, I don't tend to look for 'real life' in games. I play shooters but wouldn't actively choose to play one that was based on a real life scenario like one of the world wars.
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isyourhouseonfire  +   1121d ago
I play because that's the uncontrollable urge that the Call of Duty franchise created.
Hufandpuf  +   1121d ago
I play for keeps.
Tzuno  +   1121d ago
because i like the hell of it.
masterabbott  +   1121d ago
I like to do it because its something to get away from the stress of work. each to their own but i think video games are mean to be enjoyed and played for what they are.
koga88  +   1121d ago
Because why not? Despite what some people like to believe, the industry has become more welcoming and it is more enjoyable to play video games than ever before. Despite some stigmas, video games are pretty much as widely accepted as watching movies or reading a book in some regards.
kenoh   1120d ago | Spam
black911  +   1120d ago
Same reason we Eat. To live

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