Hey, it’s me with another rant. You know I love them, better out than in, right?
This time it’s about computer games. I love computer games, or at least, there are a handful of computer games that I think are bloody awesome and have spent weeks of my life playing now. You know what I hate, the fact that I get judged for that. Tell people I’ve binge watched even kinda shitty shows and they’re not bothered, say I’ve spent the entire weekend reading and people are usually impressed, say I’ve spent my evening on the computer and I’m weird and wasting my time.
When I say that my OH and I regularly sit in different rooms, chatting online playing the same game the responses I get are pure disgust tbh. Yet when we’re sat watching tv together we’re talking lot less and we’re not constantly working together within a game? On our computers we’ll often be joined by friends as well, so we get to talk to several people for hours every evening.
According to a 2016 Thinkbox report the average viewer in the U.K. spends 3 hours and 51 minutes watching tv a day. So say they get home at 6 they’re basically watching tv all evening. If that’s average, that means that’s most people’s evenings and from talking to my friends and family that seems pretty a reasonable guess.
Why the heck is my spending the same time in front of a computer such an issue?
In a computer game I’m constantly moving both my hands, I’m constantly learning, usually talking to people, creating things, working in a team, achieving goals, failing, winning… the list goes on.
In Minecraft I get to build and I can also watch YouTube videos of people recreating things like Minas Tirith to one of my friends who recreated Notre-Dame?! I don’t understand the mindset that thinks that’s a waste of time, that it’s not impressive and that it’s not a skill. Not wishing to offend anyone but it’s pretty similar to what architects do, no?
In Overwatch I have to work as a team and honestly I’ve probably learnt more team skills from it than I learnt at school or uni. You want to win, it’s something you genuinely care about – not a piece of shitty coursework. I’m also getting better reflexes from actually having to react to such a fast paced game. Again, this translates to real life, I feel more alert.
In Guild Wars 2 and Skyrim I got to have adventures. I get to live in the worlds that normally only exist in my imagination whilst I’m reading a book. With mods Skyrim is spellbindingly beautiful and you know what, it’s fun.
My OH also credits games like Forza with teaching him to drive and I believe it. He got into my car as a learner and just knew. Sure he’d previously ridden a motorbike but they’re pretty different vehicles. I’m pretty sure he stalled the car less as a learner than I do in my regular driving.
I can just about take comments against computer games from people who have genuinely no idea, who don’t use a phone and barely use a computer. When they’re coming from people who I’ve seen spend hours playing phone games… yeah, no. Your phone IS a computer matey. Oh and please don’t say you’ve never found a computer game that interests you – sure, I thought the same for a while and I do hate a lot of them BUT I found ones I love because there’s something for everyone.
I really loathe the idea that there are people my age who hate computers that much. People who won’t be bringing their children up using computers – yet they’re likely to be spending their entire working career on one. Sure, I do think kids need to have more outside time but I’d also rather their inside time was playing games over watching tv.
Whilst we’re at it, I wish people would just take a long, hard look at themselves. Dissing people for playing/watching people play computer games whilst you’re watching things like I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here, X-Factor or Love Island? Politely, go fuck yourself. How are they better? I’m not saying they’re not great but come on.
Oh also, I’m pretty sure looking at a computer screen isn’t going to damage my eyesight as much as all the times where I’ve been reading and haven’t noticed how dark it’s got.
Ultimately everyone likes different things and you shouldn’t shit on people just because you don’t understand what they enjoy.
xo Fleur xo