Jump to content
×
×
  • Create New...

Do more thought-provoking and intellectual games have the same effect?


Recommended Posts

Hey,

 

So I've been becoming more aware of how video games affect us (have played them all my life). Looking at this website and others it seems like it can really effect your mood, brain and general life.

Thing is, I'm wondering do more thought-provoking and intellectual games do the same thing? I'm thinking like indie games like Virginia, Kentucky Route Zero, Gone Home etc. They don't have violence and take a different approach.

Or are they ultimately the same as all other games as they are still games, and still take up your time?

 

Thanks 

  • Like 1
  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

From my perspective, the video games themselves aren't evil. It's our relationship with said games that create the problem. There's nothing wrong with playing video games at the end of the day. The issue arises when we start to play the games in excess and to reap the negative effects of said excess. This applies to all games, thought-provoking or otherwise. As unlikely as it may be, a person can have a toxic relationship with a game as simple as Tetris if they spend enough time playing it to the detriment of their overall life. Hope this helps

  • Like 2
  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I agree with Paul in it being very much about the person's individual relationship with video gaming. The same can be said for pornography, social media, smoking cannabis etc. And similar to what you're talking about in your post OP, people can choose to watch pornography that isn't intensely graphic, and that takes into account a female perspective for example. Or social media which is educational and life-affirming.

I know there are people out there who would say these things are still inherently bad for you or a waste of time, regardless of how you use them or the "genre" of use that you choose. And hey, they might be right in many cases. Personally though I think that's for each of us to decide and requires ongoing and honest reflection on how it's working for us.  
 

On 7/15/2022 at 6:54 PM, Velrias said:

Or are they ultimately the same as all other games as they are still games, and still take up your time?

This part of your post stood out to me though. 

I think if it takes up so much time that there are little other hobbies in your life, or if it consistently takes time away from spending quality time with people in your life then it can be an issue. But one that could be solved by choosing to spend more time doing other things and breaking up the sessions. 

Edited by blueclouds
  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 7/16/2022 at 12:46 AM, Paul A. said:

From my perspective, the video games themselves aren't evil. It's our relationship with said games that create the problem. There's nothing wrong with playing video games at the end of the day. The issue arises when we start to play the games in excess and to reap the negative effects of said excess. This applies to all games, thought-provoking or otherwise. As unlikely as it may be, a person can have a toxic relationship with a game as simple as Tetris if they spend enough time playing it to the detriment of their overall life. Hope this helps

Thanks Paul, a great comment

  • Like 1
  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 7/20/2022 at 3:51 AM, blueclouds said:

I agree with Paul in it being very much about the person's individual relationship with video gaming. The same can be said for pornography, social media, smoking cannabis etc. And similar to what you're talking about in your post OP, people can choose to watch pornography that isn't intensely graphic, and that takes into account a female perspective for example. Or social media which is educational and life-affirming.

I know there are people out there who would say these things are still inherently bad for you or a waste of time, regardless of how you use them or the "genre" of use that you choose. And hey, they might be right in many cases. Personally though I think that's for each of us to decide and requires ongoing and honest reflection on how it's working for us.  
 

This part of your post stood out to me though. 

I think if it takes up so much time that there are little other hobbies in your life, or if it consistently takes time away from spending quality time with people in your life then it can be an issue. But one that could be solved by choosing to spend more time doing other things and breaking up the sessions. 

Thanks also blueclouds, great comment, and I would agree, it feels like each of us have our own individual experience, and we must figure it out in our journey 

All the best both 

  • Like 2
  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

For me its pretty simple. Everything which is fun and leads me to not do my tasks is bad for me. I could restart with any game I want, as long as it doesnt influence my life. I am not the guy for ‚uh I could use those hours for something else!‘. I have certain goals in life and thats what matters. I dont add or delete anything every week. 

The truth is even stuff which is no fun, but leads you relax like reading a boring book or so can prevent you from doing your tasks. Thats why I have that one rule: Do what you want, but you must do your tasks. Some people which are new to all this qutting games etc. tend to think ‚oh hey my routine is good now, I could play 1 hour everyday‘ the truth is that this is a addiction. An addict cant just play 1 hour. And this is the reason why my own rule doesnt apply to games. I will NEVER play any game which COULD provoke an addiction, because this will let destroy my own rule. 

 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share