Wherever you turn, everyone’s holding a gadget.
I am not a gamer myself, but having the chance to possess a smartphone, I realized that it’s a good pastime to play and to get mind off things. Once you’re immersed in the gaming scene, it would be difficult to keep your attention on anything else other than the one on the screen. It can also provide an avenue for topics to discuss that at times it gets too grave that people who are not familiar with games would think that you’re having a serious discussion. Upon mentioning ‘someone won’t die’, or ‘this person already died’, or relaying some details of the story make it sound realistic enough that the adults would presume you are talking about someone’s unfortunate flight. But then it’s just a game or an anime, a story from a series or a movie.
Sometimes though, the game gets too intense or it’s eating too much of our time. The smartphones and other gadgets we use are supposed to connect us together, but our focus shifts to that gadget, and keep ourselves secluded in that world. Games draw us in, as if our full attention is needed to complete the tasks at hand. It is true for some games, where a sudden distraction could actually cause us failure to finish the level or to defeat the monsters. Some have time constraints that if disturbed could actually cause the wrath of the one playing. I’ve tried it myself. If you are told to wait, better do so until the person completes the level or reached a save point if it’s an RPG.
The sphere of gaming covers a wide range of choices that has affected our lifestyle. It can be a good way to relax, to slice the fruits as in Fruit Ninja or make fun of our boss as we are letting out our anger on our situation or on people. It can be any word game, puzzle, basketball, mystery game, runs, etc. It can make waiting more fun and ascribe more patience to people as they get absorbed to the game, they won’t even realize that time has passed quickly. At the same time, it can also segregate communication, being too engrossed with the game leave us absorbed to a digital world that we are in fact not living in. Some games nowadays are also violent but in a cartoon or graphic manner so people would think that it’s okay. But it promotes a negative notion that it’s okay to treat people that way, probably thinking they deserve it, or it just is fun, as some would say. Due to the advancement of technology, the graphics become more and more realistic and at times it might even feel real even when you’re just in front of the TV screen supposing that you’re the one holding the ball or the gun. It is helpful to put some limitations, like allot a time in a day where you would play, limit a few lives and then it’s time to spare your attention to the people around you or the things you need to attend to. Trying to hit that mark or complete the three stars could actually waste much of our time. (Don’t wait till you missed the dentist appointment because of playing Angry Birds/Candy Crush.) It can be very time-consuming when you think about it as my cousin would say that she removed some applications on her phone so that she wouldn’t play them anymore. The games are good to pass time such as when you are stuck in the traffic. Place a satisfaction level so that there’s a goal and at the same time fulfillment. Don’t be too engrossed as to fall into addiction. After the game, do stretching exercises, walk about, and remember to know how and when to stop.
A friend’s mom missed her dentist appointment because of playing Angry Birds.
My uncle plays candy crush frequently and loudly. The moment he sits in a car, or any place where he has to wait, you’d here the ‘deng!’ sound and would know that it’s candy crush.
“Napakanta ko na ang mga zombies!” remarked my sister’s officemate’s dad real proud after finishing the entire game of plants vs. zombies. Until now, I haven’t finished it yet. Stuck in the rooftop level and only passing the levels at several tries.