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Why are we gamers?

Not everyone in the world enjoys a good sitting in front of the TV playing video games. Some people would rather be watching a movie, reading a book or having a conversation. If you have ever tried to get a non-gamer to play video games you know that this isn’t an easy task. If by some slim chance you are able to get them to play it will be short lived game session you will understand what I mean. Unfortunately they will resort back to their ways. Some view gaming as a waste of time and/or pointless. To me and to a lot of others, games are what keeps me sane.

Now you may be thinking I am completely crazy. Or maybe you are thinking “totally agree”. Most people in my family don’t understand my gaming needs. They don’t understand how I can sit in front of my TV for hours playing a game. If you are anything like me, you have probably tried to explain and reason with them but they just don’t understand and probably never will. For us that play these video games and love our consoles. It is our way to relax and enjoy ourselves. A way to escape the real world. Once you hit that power button you are whisked away to another world. A place to relax or with a totally different kind of stress. Where you can leave all your worries behind. Whether it is to a war that happened many years ago to a fictional place with amazing creatures. You are there in the game. I can’t think of any better way to escape my worries and troubles. Not to mention a great place to meet up with friends and have fun.

My video games are a way to stop thinking about all the things that need to be done and just enjoy the moment. Right then, right there. Whether it be playing alone, with friends or with my kids. Some families have a movie night. My family has an Xbox game night.

When not playing Kinect based games with the kids I enjoy a lot of FPS. Some games get your adrenaline going so much it is almost like an addiction. Maybe that is why I enjoy video games so much. (I do have to take a break for coffee every now and then.). Not knowing that if and when you turn that corner if there is going to be an enemy there just waiting for you? Will you find that perfect spot to keep the enemy at bay? Will you draw the next winning card? Will I crash that car (again)? This list could go on an on.

Whatever your favorite genre of gaming is, just know that you are not alone in your love for video games. Millions of people are just like you.


Frederik De Breuck is better known as Stonyarc (GamerTag). Next to writing and maintaining his personal blog he is the owner of and . He's also Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) since 2010 and works as Presales Director for Fujitsu Belgium.

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