I love gaming, along with my family it consumes my life. I'm lucky enough to work in an industry that I love, It's an industry which is closely knit and one of the friendliest places to be. I'm lucky that gaming is my passion, but I'm not the only one for which this is true. There are millions of people in the world for which gaming is a way of life and despite all the apparent hate and fan boy rage, gaming brings people together like no other medium.
The PS4 will launch in Japan tomorrow and this got me thinking, why do we not celebrate gaming more? There are thousands of people highly anticipating the launch of the PS4 in the Far East, just like we anticipated its launch and the launch of the Xbox One just a few short months ago. We all have this one great thing in common, we all love gaming. And no matter whether you play on PC, Xbox, Nintendo or PlayStation this one thing that unites us all. It's amazing to think that people consider gaming a lonely place. Negative Newspaper reports always talk of people being confined alone in their room, with no friends to a call their own. But combined with a healthy, active lifestyle, there isn't a more social place to be. Where else can you go online and instantly chat to millions of likeminded people. Sure there are always bad apples, but the majority of the time you are greeted with friendly gamers who are there for the same purpose as you.
Already there are perfect strangers lining the streets of Japan to wait on their PS4 console. They probably don't know each other but you can bet that they are already making friends. The same can be said of the many launch events and conventions which take place all over the world, where you turn up, play games and make friends for life. Sure social media and forums can paint a bleak picture with their sheer amount of negativity but all these people have one thing in common, a passions for gaming. So is it not about time that we celebrated that?
A quick search on google show just how much gaming can unite people. You'll make friends for life, people have even fallen in love and got married. Sure the latter is probably rare, but it happens and it wouldn't have done so without gaming. But it's about more than friendship and marriage. Gaming can also improve the quality of your own life. How often have you felt down only to play a game and suddenly feel a little happier. How often have you played a game and come away feeling blown away by the experience? When playing games I've felt a whole range of emotions, such as when The Last of Us had me in tears, or the sheer joy I felt at completing Darksiders, which was only furthered by watching THAT ending.
I've gotten plenty of joy out of gaming over the year thanks to the creative minds of those who bring us these experiences. Thanks not only to the likes of EA, Sony, Microsoft and other other publisher and developers, but also the individuals indie's out there who bring us unique experiences which often leave you in awe. Whether 'AAA' or indie, these people are an inspiration to us all. Their creativity fuels us and brings us together. We are a unique community, brought together by their talents.
Like others, gaming runs through my memory as far as I can think back. I remember the first time I played Pong. I also fondly remember playing Football Manager 3, Paperboy, R-type, X-Wing, Dune and more, meeting new friends along the way as I discussed these games with likeminded individuals. Throughout my life gaming has always united me with people and I'm sure other people have similar memories and most likely plenty of stories to tell.
Millions of people throughout the world love gaming, it's a big part of their life, and will no doubt be a big part of other people's life as it continues to evolve and spread its wonderful experience everywhere. Sometimes it's just nice to appreciate what you've got instead of being so negative about it all of the time. So for once why don't we sit back and think why gaming is so important to us. #ILoveGaming, do you?