5 misconceptions about games and gamers that paint the wrong image
The gaming culture has suffered misjudgement for years and is gravely misunderstood. Here are the top five misconceptions that non-gamers and even some gamers have about gaming.
1) Gamers have no social experience
Gamers are often blamed for social isolation. Social interactions have significantly shifted onto the online space over the past few years. Frankly, there is no better place to collaborate productively online for fun than in multi-player games. Online games bring together players from all over the globe to participate in gaming events that require teamwork among total strangers. Most modern games now include inbuilt communication platforms like live chat and voice-overs, allowing players to engage more intimately. In fact, this is why social gaming is growing popular on social media.
2) Games rot your brain
On the contrary, gaming actually improves the players’ cognitive abilities and improves their mental health. Gaming involves swift actions guided by brief observations and quick judgement; studies have proven that this sharpens the players’ observations skills, decision-making, attention to details and real-life judgement. Besides, many games today feature complex narratives that teach the player societal ethics, the greater good and heroism. Some games are even purposely developed for educational gaming.
3) Games are for kids
Games are generally associated with toys, which somewhat justifies this misconception, though it is still untrue. Yes, there is demographic division in games especially when it comes to the age of players. There are games suitable for kids and other for adults. Most game developers target teen players and young adults with their Triple-A releases featuring mature themes, and complex storylines. Bottom line is there is a game for every age group.
4) Games advocate for violence
This is nearly the same as claiming that gamers cannot differentiate the gaming world from the real world. Studies have shown that action games actually lower violent activities among youths. Although the studies are disputable, there is no direct correlation between video games and criminal or violent acts. At the end of a brutally violent game, it is always about the pursuit of justice and good versus evil.
5) Gaming cannot be eco-friendly
There is a growing global concern over the rising amount of e-waste generated every year. Most of this waste comprises of computers or computing-related electronics. So naturally, one would think that the gaming industry contributes to harming the environment. Many eco-conscious gaming studios make an effort to remarket and refurbish old consoles and games in a bid to reduce unnecessary e-waste. Virtual gaming is going a step further in engaging gamers to take action in resolving global ethical and eco concerns.
At Virtue Gaming, we believe that gaming has the potential to change the public’s outlook on social and environmental matters. Take a stance with us in correcting misinformed judgments about gaming, and join the revolution.