Growing Up As A Gamer

The people in this community grew up with the Atari and Pac-man, so I am gonna give you a look at the life of a 15 year old gamer in today's world.

The Criticism of growing up playing games

    I live in a family with 3 other brothers, one is 23, the others, 21 and 17, and I have the type of parents who always ask why we don't go outside, why we don't live like our older brother. A kid who games now does receive a lot of criticism for gaming, from family, and sometimes even the gaming community. I played Destiny all of 2015, and I had a lot of people who hated me on the mic, but I made some amazing friends on that game, still one of my favorite game communities ever. Another example of critism is that almost every Christmas I face criticism that people don't know what to get me and I have no hobbies, while this is entirely false because gaming is a hobby, but that's aside the point. The point is if the people around us don't look at gaming in a positive manner, how can we ourselves be positive?

Gamers are Less Creative?

    One common complaint I receive is that because I play games, I don't have the creativity or the imagination like those who don't. Although according to Michigan State University, who did a study on does gaming affect our creativity, they found that “A study of nearly 500 12-year-olds found that

the more kids played video games, the more creative they were in tasks such as drawing pictures and writing stories.”  The way I see it, as long gaming doesn't cut into our work or into our grades in school, then gaming only helps you become successful.

Gaming Has Made My Childhood Better

    I may be criticized for it by my family and some friends, but gaming has made my childhood so much cooler than I can imagine. Every time I play an online game I meet people and sometimes we keep playing and I find another guy to game with, and just because we can't see each other doesn't mean that we can't have fun. I see gaming as it doesn't disconnect us, but CONNECT us, everyday people meet everyday people and chill and have fun.

Conclusion

    Growing up with today's technology is a blessing in my mind. I can bring my gaming life anywhere and make it a part of my life in a good way, if we make gaming positive, we can make gaming a part of everyone's life in a good way, stay positive!

*University, M. S. (n.d.). Video game playing tied to creativity. Retrieved December 20, 2016, from http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2011/video-game-playing-tied-to-creativity/

 

Mitchell Imig

I'm 15 and I'm from the iceberg that is Wisconsin. My generation is where my older brothers grew up outside playing in the mud I grew up with Battlefront and Smash Bros Brawl. 

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Mitchell Imig

My name is Mitchell Imig I'm 15 and I'm from the iceberg that is Wisconsin. My generation is where my older brothers grew up outside playing in the mud I grew up with Battlefront and Smash Bros Brawl.