Science & Tech — 18 March 2013

why do people play video games

Right from the day in 1971, when Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney created the “Computer Space”, which was the first commercially sold, coin-operated video game, people have been playing video games. From Computer Space to the more modern video games that run on high-end platforms and game consoles, there is a segment of people, a very large one though, who are simply in love with video games and spend most part of their day in front of a display, be it a television, a computer or a mobile device.

Though there is no single answer to why do people actually play video games, a lot of the answers can be summarized to the three main reasons discussed below:

  • Enjoyment:

The first and the foremost reason, as to why people play video games, is because of its entertaining nature. After a heavy day at work or a school, everybody wants a little time where he/she can relax their mind a little and indulge in something which keeps them entertained. Video games, with all sorts of tasks and graphics, keeps your mind entertained and your body relaxed, unless you’re playing a much modern game with all types of wireless input devices on the lines of the Nintendo Wii. Playing games is fun and there are games such as Minecraft that people just enjoy playing that the experience of having so much fun keeps drawing players back to them again and again.

  • Learning:

While there is no direct association between video games and education, there is no denying the fact that video games do provide learning skills. There are special games designed to promote and develop key skills of our next-generation. Playing video games offers a constant source of learning as players experience new worlds, pick up new skills and learn from their past experiences when the players weren’t able to solve a problem. Moreover, when working on a simulator, which is nothing more than a video game designed for specific type of learning, players can learn to drive, fly and even control a spacecraft.

  • Sense of Achievement:

Nothing in this world feels better than the overwhelming sense of achieving something new. While in the real world, feeling that sense requires a lot, in video games, a player can easily get that adrenaline rush to achieve something and once the task in the video game is done, the person feels a lot more confident and keeps coming back for more. Video games offer players new experiences every time one starts playing and on the completion of a task, the overwhelming sense of achievement is something that makes players play video games.

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Anupam Jolly

With a bachelor’s degree in technology and over five years of experience in online content generation and distribution, Anupam Jolly has been creating and editing content spanning across a variety of domains. An avid environmentalist, Anupam Jolly believes that if humans can degrade the environment, they can save it from disaster too.

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