Why video games are my ultimate escape – Reader’s Feature

A reader reflects on exactly why he enjoys video games so much, even if he now tends to read about them more than he actually plays them.

Gaming me for me is the ultimate escape and something that I hope I never tire of or be unable to afford.

Growing up, my family didn’t have a lot of luxuries, we never went on any holidays, locally or abroad, and so many winter evenings and rainy summers were spent in front of my trusty console and handful of games.

Having fewer games, and only being able to buy what was in my price range in the second-hand market, when I was able to start to spend from my own disposable income, meant that I’d savour every detail and not give up when things got tough. Something that I still do when I buy a physical copy of the game, albeit missing those lovely manuals.

If a young me could see me now, 20 years on, with more games on my hard disk than I know what to do with, and a VR headset bought at launch but only played with a handful of times, he’d be wondering what happened.

Gaming’s never been as good as it is now. The games, both indie and triple-A are amazing experiences. I think it’s harder and harder to prioritise the time, when many of us will have young families and demanding careers, where the ‘me’ time gives way for the sacrifices we make for our loved ones.

It doesn’t stop me from reading about games, and quite often it’s replaced or offered me just as much enjoyment as I’ve had playing the game itself. I work 50 to 60 hour weeks, and that includes working on the commute, and come home and do what I can at home. And by the end of the day, after the bed time stories and finally collapsing in my bed, I tune into GC, and enjoy every single review and every single Inbox.

Maybe things will settle down and the personal time will come back in later years, but I’m told kids get more of a handful and not less. And with the way things are going in the jobs market you’re fortunate to be earning well, with a squeeze on good opportunities meaning it’s not a risk I can take to look for something less demanding.

Thank you GC, and all my fellow Inboxers, for giving me my own wee daily escape. Something I don’t need to share and something that keeps me young and still excited at the prospect of the next curiosity around the corner.

Until then, here’s a nod to my favourite pass time, one that I have many fond memories of growing up with and which I am looking forward to sharing with my kids without the young child-toddler-baby tantrums. Who knows what the future holds, but either way I can’t wait to see it unfold!

By reader Zebadee

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