Why do we adore video games? Well… there’s a science to it!

“At times like this, kids like you should be playing Nintendo games.” –Earthbound

Man, does the world adore media.

Without realizing it, any form of art stirs and sparks the soul with life. Sometimes, a movie is an escape. Occasionally, a movie is a moving reminder of life and love. Often, it inspires those with creative bones in their bodies.

Yet, it slams the world hard–always.

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One of the greatest forms of media out there besides television and motion pictures is video games. Now, talk about an impact. Has anyone here seen the numbers for Pokemon Go? Raise your hands. Yep, that’s about all of you right there.

It still remains the most downloaded app from the Apple store in history. In history!

 

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Where is this guy at?

 

But that’s just the mobile app game. Let’s take a moment and ask ourselves one thing: what about the actual Pokemon franchise?

Well, considering the franchise has over 70 games, Pokemon stores in Japan, stickers, pillows, pajamas, bedding, a Build-a-Bear Pikachu that was sold out everywhere until recently (I missed out on the Charizard Hoodie, dangit!), an anime, manga books, films, trading cards, and airplanes…

 

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Apparently it’s no longer in operation…. how horrible.

 

I’d say Pokemon has taken over the world.

Pokemon is just one of many, many examples of the love of a simple video game series–don’t even think about mentioning the Zelda series because then this already long post will extend into infinity….

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Did you know that Robin Williams named his daughter Zelda after the princess?

The fanbases extend across conventions like Comic Con, charities like Extra Life, fan art, friendships and families. I am often told the story of my mother and father playing Wolfenstein on computers right next to each other while I bounced on their knees.  No media love seems more involved, as intricately loved as video games.

It seems absurd:

“From a first glance, it looks like an awfully significant waste of time. You’d be better off learning a musical instrument or reading a book. Or even playing a sport nobody understands. Like croquet.” —Huffington Post 

But, then there is this beautiful nugget of truth:

“Video games have democratized the nature of storytelling, which allows players to take part in the stories being told. And when the story is interactive, more complex tales can be told.”

 Video games are unique in that they combined massive forms of media and art into one layered croissant of s
Video games are unique in that they combined massive forms of media and art into one layered croissant of entertainment. Games are storytellers while they also are a story in themselves. They present to you a new world to explore or to pin after while inviting you to make decisions.
““The truth is this: in today’s society, computer and video games are fulfilling genuine human needs that the real world is currently unable to satisfy,” said McGonigal, the director of Game Research and Development at the Institute for the Future, in her book Reality Is Broken. “Games are providing rewards that reality is not. They are teaching and inspiring and engaging us in ways that reality is not. They are bringing us together in ways that reality is not.”
Psychologically, we human beings are task oriented. Even a simple need like: “I am thirsty” spawns an ordeal (well, that’s what it feels like, anyhow) of quests to obtain said water. So, it makes sense that video games fill that need. Then, video games add a beautiful coating to the tasks by creating a new world–a player is living inside the fantasy, completing the main character’s tasks. A gamer is the center of the story; not an audience member.

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