You probably have heard about Dota, Generals, Lineage or Flyff. Yup, they’re computer games. One way or another, these things are being looked down upon by a lot of people because of the way it poisons the minds of students. When I was a teacher, I kind of hated gamers too. I even viewed them as no-good individuals because they’re always locked to their keyboards and they kept marveling in their own little (violent) worlds.
Now that I’m in the business of events management and public relations (PR), I meet a lot of people. Sometimes, I even rub elbows with hardcore gamers when I participate in IT and cosplay events. Then I realized, hmm, they’re not so bad after all. Maybe I was too stuck in the whole socializing world that I thought they were only good when they hid behind the computer screens. I gave it a though and said, hey, gaming is actually a great pastime. It may not be as good as physical sports but being a Time Crisis and Soul Calibur addict myself, I had to say gaming has some great benefits too.
Actually, I was wrong. Gaming has A LOT of benefits. In fact, it may even be a viable alternative to formal education!LOL! Just kidding, DepEd.
It’s Still a Game
Competition fuels gamers. Just like how dean’s -listers vie for the Valedictorian award and those dance sport varsity members. The goal is always to outwit the enemy, to destroy his laid-out plans and to come up with the best position in the game possible. There’s even bargaining of items and tactic reading! Dedicated gamers are equipped with the competitive spirit, something that’s not very encouraged as aggressively in schools. (Hey, that’s the reason why we have more employees than entrepreneurs. Shh.)
Skill is King
Simply put, skill is the most important asset in gaming. The rules of the game are learned, familiarized, and most of all, mastered. One can’t possibly let themselves invest time and efforts in the game if it doesn’t come with a ladderized goal. Basically, the stages get harder and harder and your enemy also gets better and better. So, one has to really keep up.
Moreover, the variety of games available also improves the skill of faster learning for the gamer. I remember how my gamer classmates in high school know more than ten different games in different natures and master at least 3 of those games. According to them, gaming improved the way they learn and master new things, and again, that’s probably something that our educational system should develop further.
Most people who like spending time in the Internet are often regarded as people who may not have very good social skills because they’re hiding behind best gaming monitors. In gaming, people (virtual or real) get to team up with each other and they work out a strategy. It still has the basics of a real-life team like accountability for the team mate and matching/complementation of skills.
Also, studies show that the people who “game-up” in the virtual world most likely end up real friends. They are the ones who see each other frequently in Internet cafes. So after they play, they end up talking. Although they just talk about the game at the start, as the ball gets rolling, eventually they’ll become comfortable with each other. Remember that frequency in exposure brings normalcy, which brings ease.
I just think that gamers should not be perceived as “lazy” at all. Or dumb. I know a gamer who is a Mindanao Champion in debate. I know a lot of gamers who belong to their honors classes. Excess is bad, and that’s a known fact. However, it doesn’t only apply to gaming. If you like dancing or painting and if you spend a lot of time on those things and forget your studies then that’s just as bad.
So that’s it for gamers (and their parents). I mean, I think anyone would pick gaming over drugs any day, won’t he?