Do Video Games Make People More Social? One Gamer’s Perspective

It’s surely now not a brand new concept – that when your kid (or your self) is caught in a satta for hours on quit playing the modern-day installment of Call of Duty at the same time as out of doors it is beautiful and sunny, that in some way this inhibits some critical social aspect of growing and interacting with different people. And to some extent it seems logical: the greater time my kid spends in front of his sport console, the much less time he spends interacting with the outside world.

But with the explosive nature of on-line play during the last few years (and especially with the next technology consoles) the idea of the anti-social gamer is coming to an end, although the mainstream public would not appear to be noticing.

Let’s start with a few numbers – currently I am a part of 2 special online communities via my PS3 and Xbox360 consoles, each with at the least 50 friends I engage with on a each day or weekly foundation. I actually have a Facebook account (which I can now get entry to via my next gen consoles) with over 300 buddies (which isn’t always lots), a twitter account, PS3 and Xbox360 gamer tags, groups of friends in at the least 6 distinct on-line games, 3 special non-public electronic mail accounts and a slew of gaming forums I get admission to online when I’m not related to my systems.

On a given week I would say I interact with approximately 25+ different humans thru my connections indexed above, most in the US, however some certainly out of doors. At least one of these humans is a person I’ve never met before and at least certainly one of them speaks a language apart from English as their primary shape of communication. Interactions range from short “howdy what is up” comments to lengthy communication over the intricacies of the trendy DLC for Fight Night Round 2.

I’ve labored with buddies (actual stay, tangible pals) to develop LittleBigPlanet levels. I’ve had visitors that have come over and performed 6-Player PixelJunk Racers matches. I’ve gotten inebriated even as grenading my roommates in Worms. And I’ve accomplished all of this as an instantaneous result of my involvement with gaming. I don’t assume that every kid must spend each waking moment in the front of a television display, but I do assume that it’s crucial we realise that we aren’t in the same error of 2D, single player video games that required you to stare at one display screen for hours on end. Games are evolving in social networks that are constructing upon themselves every day.

Video games have now not simplest accelerated my non-public community (both in digital pals and live buddies), however they have taught me to have interaction, argue, relax, interact, create and experience time with hundreds of humans I’ve never met earlier than and loads I have.