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Published 3 years ago with 6 Comments

"When you grow up with video games, you grow up in a lot of places" by booksofadam

When you grow up with video games, you grow up in a lot of places. (by booksofadam for yrbff)

 

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  • TheEnglishMajor
    +11

    Absolutely true, of video games and books as well. Stories teach us empathy, especially when we are the ones making the decisions (as in video games) or when we are completely immersed in the stuff of the story (as in books).

    I'd say movies and TV shows can't have the same effect, because the audience is always aware of the actors behind the characters. In video games, we ARE the actors behind the characters! And in books, there are no actors at all!

    • PeterBB
      +4

      I read a lot of sci-fi growing up, and I credit it with helping me develop a lot of mental flexibility. The range of possibilities is always broader than you think, and having your mind repeatedly and thoroughly blown by fiction is a good way to teach you that.

  • KingWizard
    +6

    As a kid who had nothing but a super Nintendo, his imagination, and no friends I spent most of my childhood indulging myself in the very few games I owned

  • wilsmoove
    +5

    That's always been my favorite part about books and games: you can be whatever you imagine. You decide how the character look,s sounds, and acts, and that is quite exciting to do. Imagination combined with games and books can provide endless entertainment, even if you're not actively using them.

    • uncornrage
      +5

      This is so true. I fondly remember the years when I was 12-15 years old and first started to read J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and other works. I was completely immersed in that world, I basically lived in Middle-Earth. I miss that time, but it's always possible to have a glimpse of that world back by reading the books. Though it's not quite the same as it was when I was a kid. I guess imagination dwindles, or it gets constrained by all the knowledge and habits you have acquired as you age.

  • cannon (edited 3 years ago)
    +3

    As a guy with a disability growing up, video games were my refuge. I could escape from my reality into a new world where my disability virtually doesn't exist and nobody would judge me for it. I wouldn't have been a well rounded person I am today if not for my love of video games.

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