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What would the world be like if video games didn’t exist?

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What would the world be like if video games didn’t exist?

Have you ever wondered what would the world be like if video games didn’t exist? For some, a scary thought, for others a matter of indifference. I know it’s a bit silly to wonder about it when video games do exist and we should not dwell on what ifs but I thought that it’d be fun to look into it in one of my posts.Whether you are a fan of video games or not, you have to admit that video games created a whole new culture on top of already established entertainment such as TV, movies and theatre. That brings me straight to point one.

Entertainment substitutes

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If video games didn’t exist, people would still stick with what they know – TV, board/card games, movies, theatre, music, fashion, etc. Some people would say that children would be outside a lot more instead of sitting in front of a TV or computer but I think that’s debatable. Some could very well substitute video games for TV shows and not go out anyway.

Friendships

Playing video games is not necessarily an activity just for one person. Playing with more people is fun and a great opportunity to meet new people, socialize and bond over common interests, creating new friendships. The fact that they have been forged via internet makes them no less valuable or less “real”. I’m thankful for video games; because of them I’ve met some of my closest friends and also my best friend. If there were no video games, those friendships would have never happened.

Helping people

As I mentioned above, video games help people socialize with other people. Unfortunately some people are unable to go outside due to various reasons (such as agoraphobia, anxiety disorders, etc.) and the best way to meet new people is by socializing. Of course there are other means other than video games which can help such people. With the recent launch of the mobile game Pokémon: GO, people with anxiety disorders report that for the first time in a long time they

Guinea Pig Xbox 360 Controller
Photo by Katherine McAdoo @ Flickr

look forward to going out whereas before just the idea may have seemed unfathomable. And while it’s a bit silly to claim the game makes people workout, walking is still healthy and if a video game causes people to walk (with no risk to themselves or their surroundings) and get healthier, then awesome!

Besides this, I’d like to point out the number of gamer Youtubers like Markiplier, Pewdiepie, Jacksepticeye and others, who have raised millions of dollars for various charities and continue to do so to this day just by livestreaming themselves playing a video game. Since their fanbases are so large and growing every day (Markiplier – close to 14 million subscribers, Pewdiepie – 47 million subscribers, Jacksepticeye – 11.5 million subscribers), they have huge influence and they all use it for helping the less fortunate.

Video games made into movies

Whether good or bad, video games have been made into movies. To name a few: Resident Evil, Hitman, Mortal Kombat, Lara Croft, Silent Hill, Prince of Persia and most recently Warcraft and highly anticipated Assassin’s Creed movie. Some may argue that some of these movies were really bad and while that may be true, at least there was a lesson learned from them.

Video games are important

Whatever your stance on video games or gamers in general, the truth is that video games have become a large and integral part of our modern culture. So what would the world be like if video games didn’t exist? I dare to say it’d be very different. Characters and stories that we love and play time and time again would not exist and some people would have never met in real life and become friends or even significant others.

What do you think would happen if video games didn’t exist? I’d love to hear your opinion, so make sure to comment down below! 🙂

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4 Comments

  1. shannon fowler

    I know my fiancé uses them to destress. He is a plaintive care doctor, and his work is emotionally demanding. Without them he doesn’t bounce back after a really hard day as easy

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    1. Dana Author

      Yes, that is very true, they’re very good at destressing. Until you can’t move past a certain point in a game and you get stressed even more. 😀 But even then I wouldn’t change it for the world. Thank you for your comment, Shannon! 🙂

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  2. Emily Conway

    I have such fun and fond memories with my brother playing video games (particularly Rock Band and the Elder Scrolls: Oblivion) in Elder Scrolls, we would be cracking up as we chased a deer in the woods and punched it to death. If that didn’t exist, I am not sure we would have too much common ground. TV is fine, but it is not interactive and you aren’t working together. There is an element missing from it.

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