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Why do We Play Games!

I've always looked for an answer to a question that have often echoed in my head; and that is "why do we choose to play games, while there are others who can't really stand them". I have been playing games since I was a kid. It didn't occur to me to think about playing games at that time!But now I decided to sit and think about what is it that makes us enjoy playing games!

Playing games can be so addictive that you find yourself spending most of your time playing them. I searched and found some theories about gaming, dividing games into two types: Puzzles and Action. Yes, these are the main elements that attract people to spend hours feeling satisfied that they are actually achieving something. I have seen some people also categorize games as (Time Waster, Busy Mind and Competitor). I think it is relatively true, but in my opinions, there is a little bit more to it. My own reason is: to explore a world that can never exist in reality. When I play a game I look at the slightest details and think about how much time and effort the developers spent to make it work and polish what ever I am playing. It can also be the fact that through games you can do what you can't really do in your real life. Through playing games I was able to do lots of things that I couldn't even imagine in the real world

I talk for myself when I say that I have been greatly influenced by events and individuals all related to gaming in my life. Games became an essential part of me and I can never imagine not playing them; having said that; I often find myself now easy to get sucked into any game with a relatively solid gameplay. Ever since my very first gaming system (Atari 2600) I spent countless hours playing River Raid not knowing that one day I would actually get to play Ace Combat or MS Fight Simulator X with a stick. The idea is that when I was playing River Raid I was fascinated by it and for me at that time, it really looked and played like a game; a typical 2D game with strange sound effects; it never occurred to me that a game can be made in 3D with all the shaders and mapping tech of these days. Hell I didn't really know what 3D was! I guess what I want to say is that no matter how a game looks, there is always someone who plays it.

Old-day technology was not that advanced. There was not much to do within games than trying to evade obstacles as you go through a level, yet we played them, and played them a lot without even daring to think or even to compare them with reality. As a matter of fact, I frequently find myself these days playing or re-playing a good 2D old timer. Yes, it is lots of fun and still amazing like it was several years ago.

If you think that I was able to find a logical answer to the "why do we play games" question, Then I have to say that you are wrong, for no matter how hard I tried I couldn't find a logical explanation. Looking for an answer made me find something entirely different, yet equally wonderful. I found out that games don't simply die once you beat them, nor they become obsolete and out-dated; when a new cutting-edge console emerges. New concoles broaden the horizons of games through presenting new ways for playing. That doesn't mean however that an older game would lose its glamor. How many times you find yourself playing a game over and over for 2, 3 or even 4 times after beating it. They are all amazing, all wonderful ever since the Atari 2600 or even before it, from Atari 2600 to Nintendo's hit, to Sega's cool console, through the three behemoths PSone, PS2 and PS3, Baring in mind the fine big ugly black box and its wonderful little BIG brother Xbox360, and of course the unusual wii and its "cubic" predecessor. They are all great and will remain an essential part of gamers' legacy.

It is undoubtedly hard to try and find a reason to define the urge that drives us to play games. For that and for much more I think an illogical reason would explain it all perfectly. and so I guess it is safe to say that it is actually "in our blood" it is our nature, what we were born to love. It is in our genes that we gamers can't quit it and always look for it. So go on playing what ever you are playing, and it is as Kevin Butler said referring to gaming as a King:

"We are all in the service of a great King, May he reign for ever".

To all of you my fellow gamers, SALUTE