I've oftentimes thought about why gaming is such an important part of my life. Is it because I grew up with it? Possibly. Is it because I love tech and it's an extension of that? Maybe.
But I don't think either characterization really captures why I love gaming and why anytime I have some free time, I immediately push my computer aside, turn my HDTV on, and start playing with my Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or the countless consoles that have littered my past.
In reality, I love gaming because it's an escape into a reality that can only be possible in the world of video games. It's not just a place where I can be entertained--though I am quite often--and it's not even a place where I can waste the day by immersing myself in a virtual world.
Video games create a world that's free from stress, and although some like to say they ruin our children and will ignite a wave of violence unlike anything we've ever seen, they're not nearly as violent as the "real world." If I wanted to look at the horrors of our society and see the worst human beings for what they really are, I wouldn't play a video game. Instead, I'd do a simple Web search and learn anything I've ever wanted to know.… Read more