So unless you're a pro gamer on the esports scene, a professional streamer, or a live commentator, that's likely all that video games are for you.
And to be honest, that's completely fine!
The gamer life can be a fun way to relax after a stressful day at work or simply an excellent way to catch up with friends.
And the best with it is that there a way more benefits of gaming while it's one of your hobbies.
Let's run through some of them.
Gamer Community Affiliation
Gaming allows you to work with others, whether they are people you know in real life or strangers you've just met in a playthrough.
While this may seem scary, it's just like meeting someone for the first time.
Only in the gaming scene, you have a clear goal in mind, whatever it is.
You have strengths and abilities that can benefit each other to reach that goal.
And at the end of the day, if it doesn't work out, you can simply find someone who more accurately fits your comfort levels.
This is why gaming is such a safe hobby, especially for those stuck at home during quarantine.
While it may not be safe to socialize face to face in a game setting, it's perfectly normal and even encouraged to build a sense of camaraderie.
Learning and Mastering Teamwork
The nice thing about gaming is that you can choose games that allow you to work in co-op, meaning literally 'cooperative' games, or you can play solo.
If you're comfortable, you can work with other people just like you, sitting at their computers or holding their phones.
You can learn how to communicate in a relatively safe setting.
That's worth multiple tries, as benefits are huge here and could even result in joining a crew or a guild to belong to a community.
Nowadays, video games bring joy, especially when playing and communicating with other people in difficult times.
And if you're shy or just want to do your own thing, you can play solo and still learn teamwork.
In fact, solo games will often place you with other characters.
Think of Genshin Impact, where even when you're technically doing all of the work yourself, you're playing with a team you create.
And often, NPCs are speaking as if they're working alongside you.
It fosters a sense of responsibility and communication within the game.
Even if it's not exceptionally real, it allows you to grow your skills until you're ready to communicate with others in the game.
Goal Setting and Winning Mental Mindset
Video games have a clear sense of goals.
In many recent games with a bit of role-playing, the player can have missions or quests, and once they achieve them, they receive some rewards.
It is huge!
Especially when it can be so difficult for people to be rewarded for their hard work in real life as they can do in a game world.
But in a game, the rewards are clear, as are the goals and the achievements.
There is nothing unclear or delicate subject.
Do action and be rewarded.
That's pretty much it!
It's a sense of accomplishment for many to complete something successfully.
Many hardcore gamers chase accomplishments for this exact reason.
For people whose everyday life may not offer them this sense, video games are an important reminder that their hard work will pay off if they are working hard.
And this mental stimulation applies in video games and in daily life, whatever the domain.
Interactive Stories and Video Game Culture
Often, adults lament their inability to get through a whole book anymore.
They feel that they waste their time on social media and don't have the time to sit down and read through a story cover to cover.
It is entirely understandable and typical for a variety of reasons.
But video games allow an in-between.
While social media offers some reading material, it's essentially random in short spurts.
Video games, of course, have their own storylines. And some of them have in-depth stories with lore as advanced as the most famous fictional sagas.
While you may not immediately think of them as similar to books, their plotlines, character arcs, and morality questions contribute to the overall story.
On top of that, they also provide interactive features that make the immersion complete and something even more intense than what books can provide.
Instead of being a passive appraiser, the player is causing the events to change.
He has a hand in what he does, making a massive difference in immersion.
Some game genres are also less action-focused, like visual novels.
Visual novels are an excellent option for those who prefer slow-paced reading.
And they're exactly what they sound like.
They are basically like reading a book or an ebook on your Kindle but with characters, expressions, sounds, backgrounds that result in a unique reading experience.
Depending on the game, the player reads through prompts at their own pace, while the characters onscreen may or may not make some consequences moves.
There are so many available for mobile form!
It's not even funny.
But other games have their heavy plotlines, too, especially single-player games.
And of course, there's all the lore to consume, in videos format released by the game developer companies and websites.
Sometimes, there's even comics or manga material to read!
We recently even see some popular show adaptations like The Witcher and Arcade from League Of Legends.
And we recently even heard about the Fallout series.
Both are video games first.
The excitement generated by this amount of interest in a game doesn't have to stop there.
While it can be hard to find book clubs running now, finding other people who like the same games that you do is easy!
Most social media does have some form of 'fanbase' for popular material.
Some of the longest-running games even have their own forums dedicated to learning more about characters, abilities, and ideas of what's coming next.
Multiple Art Styles and Creative Ways to Express Yourself
Does this seem like a weird thing to bring up?
Gaming art is the inside of every game, the beautiful visuals existing for you to enjoy.
For artists, it's essential not to get burnt out.
Creating something requires ideas, passion, and exposure.
An artist needs to see other art to generate their own work more efficiently.
For gamers, this exposure happens on a daily basis, even on the way to work.
They get to witness multiple artistic styles, each one tailored to the type of game they're playing.
There are countless color studies examples done on specific scenes in games.
Think The Witcher and the assortment of characters, landscapes, and settings available to appraise.
Each of these has the potential to not only be inspiring but to teach artists about what published art looks like, in its many nuances of use.
There are so many layers to this type of work, including the designs of characters in 3D and 2D models, the layout of the menu selection, and even the contribution of voice actors and background music.
Artists have a wide range of careers within the scope of gaming.
Many enthusiasts become graphic and game designers who create the characters or landscapes found within games.
Many more become game developers or programmers, formatting how the pieces of the realm fit together.
Some others are more focused on creative promotional materials content like making game trailers, announcement campaigns, press events, or social media management.