Reasons Grown Ups Should Play Games More

Gaming has often been as a past-time of teenagers or older children. Sometimes for adults is can be seen as a bit of a guilty pleasure and not something that we want to own up to. They are the recreational equivalent of consuming empty calories, or so it can be seen. But in reality, there are many benefits to gaming, and adults need to do it more, if they’re not already.

Video game design is getting better and better, and they can almost be movie-like in the stories that they tell. So as long as you’re able to control and limit the time that you’re on it, much like the site, then a little isn’t going to hurt. Here are some of the reasons why gaming could be good for you.




Like you might do with an item of clothing, the price per use of games is pretty high. There is an upfront cost, similar to that of a concert ticket or a couple of movie theater tickets. But the game goes on and on, for as long as you want it to last. Even if it is a game that you can do until completion, you can do it again and again if you’d like. So the value for money with gaming is low, as far as a recreational activity goes.



Back in the day gaming was seen as quite an isolated activity, with images of loners sitting alone in the dark playing games. But in fact, these days, it is a pretty social activity. Most games have a multiplayer function, so you can invite people round or have other family members join in the fun. There are even games like that allow you to be a little more active, and interact with others. Those kinds of games are only going to be fun with other people around.



The Future of Technology

The gaming industry is always changing, and it can give us an insight into technology and what is changing. If you’re a gamer, you’ll see just how much of an impact virtual reality is having on us, and you can look at the possible opportunities for using that in everyday life. Even games that are traditionally seen as games for children, like Minecraft, are being used in testing for AI Bots. The future of banking and retail could be going along the lines of chatbots, so gaming offers insight into those kinds of thing.



After work or college, when your mind has been so focused on certain things, it can be nice to come home at the end of the day and relax. Gaming, like movies or television shows, can offer an element of escapism. It can be a way for some people to relax, while still using your brain in a different way. When you combine gaming as a hobby, alongside reading, exercise, and other things, it is important to remember that it is OK to play from time to time.

What I'm Geeking Out About This Week - 04/03/15


It's Friday and that means it's time for another wrap up of my weekly geek outs!

This week has been full of "adulting" moments for me, so I thought I'd share some thoughts on them.

  • Cars!

I recently swapped my car I've had been leasing for the past three years for a new lease (just a newer model of the car I had before). The payments will be less, I'll have more insurance for less money, and my maintenance is covered for two years. It seemed like a good deal to me and the car has been running great so far. I don't need much when it comes to cars and I am admittedly aloof when it comes to them. I don't know much but as long as it runs well, I'm set. I just make sure to take it in for routine maintenance when I'm supposed to and everything is fine. I hope to get at least a hybrid, if not an electric car, for my next vehicle but we'll see where we're at then with infrastructure for electric.

  • Money!

I've been trying to be conscious of my spending and work off a budget for these past several months now that I have a steady, predictable income with my job. It's been working pretty well thankfully! I don't feel like I'm depriving myself I just scrutinize if I really need certain things and make sure I'm saving money as much as I can. I try to use up the goods I have so I don't have to buy more and just make smart choices with my money. It's felt good to be responsible and I know as I continue to foster these skills, I will only get better as my life gets more complex and complicated.

  • Retirement!

This is something I've been thinking about since I started this job almost a year ago. My employer makes contributions once you are working for a year, so since that date is on the horizon, I've been giving it some thought. I haven't started a retirement account yet since I felt like I needed the money now and it was hard to think about myself 40 years from now benefiting from the actions I'm taking now. I chatted with a friend about retirement accounts and what it all means which nudged me further on this. Definitely ask the financial whiz in your life or just someone else in your life in that has gone through the process and they'll be able to help you out if this is something your thinking about. It definitely feels very adult to even be considering retirement accounts but it is important to do for your lifelong wellbeing.

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