While growing up my parents and other elders would comment about me playing games. Games were for kids, and they expected me to outgrow them eventually. I consider myself still pretty young at age 27. I have long thought what I would do with my free time if I will ever outgrow games but just do not think that will happen. I intend to play games my whole life. Sure, I will get bored of games from time to time. I might also become a more casual player, but I will always play games.
This is hard for my parents to understand. While living at home I tried for years to get them into games. They could see the fun in multiplayer games like Mario Kart or party games like Wii Sports, but they could not see how I could have fun by myself with games. The way they saw it the fun was the other people, not the game. For me, the fun comes from the gameplay. Everything is better with friends, but the gameplay is the reason to play a game.
There was even one day I was playing World of Warcraft during college break. My Dad happened to see it, and asked “Why do you play that?” and “How is that fun?”. I explained there were multiple factors like exploring a new world, competing with others in PvP, and reading the little stories in the game through quests, but he just did not “get” it. Having fun playing hardcore games is completely alien to my parents. There is a disconnect that prevents them from understanding or experiencing the fun of hardcore games. Continue Reading