As a 26-year-old man, people often look at me funny when I tell them I’m a gamer. I can almost see the thought bubble arising above their heads saying “a gamer?! What a loser!” For some reason, certain people immediately think I’m wasting my life on a medium that ‘rots the brain’.
Yep, despite the fact that most of these supposedly well-adjusted “adults” who wouldn’t touch gaming with a ten foot pole get home from work and allow reality TV to numb their brains to about four percent above clinically dead, they still feel justified in shitting on how I spend my time.
As you can probably glean, I’m proud to be a gamer. Why? Because gaming is awesome on pretty much every level. Apart from usually being riotously fun, games can take you away from the stresses of modern life, they can provide a sense of achievement, and they can present stories to their audiences that can be just as moving and emotionally resonant as a movie.
But apart from that, were you aware that, according to several recent studies, gaming can actually make you smarter, more sociable and generally better equipped to deal with day to day life? Well they can. That’s why when people tell me gaming is for losers, I tell them that they’re probably about as wrong as they could ever possibly be about anything.
Gaming is for winners. And here are ten reasons why.
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