Video games can actually give you ideas
This is a guest post written by my 12-year-old son Jack.
People who think video games are pointless and useless are misguided.
Video games can be fun and useful and can actually give you ideas. My mom has written about this a little already — what you consume, you produce.
Also, they give you a sense of accomplishment. If you’ve just gotten past an eagle warrior using the silver sword of destruction without using any health or something, it boosts your confidence and sense of self-worth. Anyone who watches a kid play a video game doesn’t see him coasting along. You can see him come to some sort of obstacle and spend enormous amounts of time trying to get past it, doing endless repetitive things that would clearly not be ‘fun’ to anyone else. Everyone does something that gives them a sense of accomplishment that would be incredibly tedious or arduous to anyone else. Cooking, cleaning, climbing Everest, running a marathon.
Also, they can hone your mind. Mind puzzles are pretty much in any game you lay your hands on.
Also, games are just enjoyable to some. You shouldn’t keep your children from having fun. If you keep them from their source of enjoyment and try to force books on them, what are they going say about their childhood to their children?
It’s not one or the other — they can like video games, television, books, and playing outside. Many people think television is just a book except you don’t use your imagination. I don’t think so. I think they are completely different entertainment forms.
Video games are different still. Games make me use my imagination. Let me relate a story to you.
I had been playing a video game called Oblivion: Elder Scrolls IV. It’s a fantasy themed game. After I had been playing for a while, I decided I would write a fantasy themed book. So I started it. After a while, I realized I wanted to improve my writing, so I checked out a ton of writing books from the library and read them.
You see, a video game sparked an idea for a project that ended up with me improving my skills. Without that video game, none of that would ever have happened. I might have become a drifter or a construction worker or something, but instead I learned how to write better. Oblivion led to my largest writing project ever, a 30,000 word novella. I just need to finish editing it and it’ll be done. Thank you, video games!