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.
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/
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.