How video games impact lives

Kyle Jennings, Staff Writer

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Video games have been influencing people’s lives since they were first designed. According to Dictionary.com, video games are described as “any of various interactive games played using a specialized electronic gaming device or a computer or mobile device and a television or other display screen, along with a means to control graphic images.”

Video games also come in many genres, such as role playing, action, simulation, and even sports; they can even let you play with people all over the world.  There are versions of almost all popular entertainment, so there is probably a video game for whatever you’re interested in. People of all ages can play them and they can unite people that normally wouldn’t meet.

Video games have also blitzed pop culture, such as Fortnite, which took off in late 2017 and continues to smash records and get attention from many different celebrities, such as the rap artist, Drake. With these influences, pop culture has been bringing more players to the game and further introducing new players into the world of gaming.

Gaming isn’t just a way to spend time, it can also turn into a career. Countless amounts of people have entered into competitive gaming and entertainment by streaming, making videos, or even playing for a team.

Still, the most important part about gaming is its influence it has on people. They can get people through hard times by distracting them from real world problems and immersing them into a virtual world. Video games can also teach lessons. Blake Henke admitted, “You can relate to characters and a story and it’s a good time playing them, it can also teach you some stuff.”

Video games have the power of allegory, making the player feel more attached or related to a character or story. Video games will be forever expanding with new technology–not only by changing the way people play but also deepening the relationship people can form with the game narrative.

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