It’s been some form of week. I gained’t bore you with the main points of my private life, however issues have been worrying in a kind of “this doesn’t appear to be it’s ever going to finish” kind of how. And on the finish of every single day—and maybe most notably on the finish of this totally insane week—I at all times had video video games to fall again on. So many video video games. Single-player video games. On-line loot shooter video games. Indie video games. Huge AAA superhero releases.
There’s an excessive amount of rhetoric about how dangerous video games are. I imply, many video games journalists are critics in any case, and a critics job is to critique, to be crucial. That’s inherently damaging. We at all times discover methods to see what a sport does flawed, what a studio is doing flawed, or why this passion and fervour that we love a lot is “dangerous.” And there’s nothing flawed with that. We must be crucial as a result of that’s a catalyst for enchancment, to make issues even higher.
However let’s not overlook that video games are additionally oh so good. Regardless of the criticisms levied at video games, they’re enjoyable. They’re an escape. They’re artwork. They’re a technique to join with family and friends. They’re autos for emotional immersion. I like loading up Future 2 for an hour or two (or 5) at evening. I’ve been having a blast with The Division 2, regardless of a few of the criticisms being thrown at a narrative that some say looks like a gun nut’s fever dream. Sekiro is conserving me fairly busy, irrespective of what number of curse phrases I’d throw on the enemies that roll me over repeatedly.
On the finish of a worrying and busy week, I have a look at how a lot actually flawed and damaging and dangerous is out on this planet and in our lives. Why do folks actively search to tear down one thing that we love? I’ve talked earlier than about how we must be good about criticism. There’s no have to burden critique with further toxicity and hate. I work to remind myself every single day that I do what I do as a result of I like video games. I’m keen about video games. And on the finish of the day, criticisms apart, video video games are good. Let’s not overlook that.
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