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    Aside from entertainment reasons, what things (physical, mental, social etc) do you learn from gaming?


    Also, what kind of games do you enjoy playing the most and WHY?

    How many hours per week do you estimate you spend playing?


    PS - when answering please keep in mind that I'm not a gamer.

    Thank you.

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    I learn mental and social from CRPG's(Computer Role Playing Games or Western Role Playing Games). They're dialogue heavy, you can choose your own dialogues limitedly, resettable, and unreal so I can learn about differing personalities through social experimentation. Also, the factor of "choice" creates instances that are thought-provoking. Destroy a soul-trapping device to save the trapped souls or make use of the device to kill greater evils. Force a race to be good or allow them to do bad but with their own will. Stuff like that. Then...there's the stats that you tweak. Which ability is the best? etc.

    I like CRPG's because they're convincing, thought-provoking and because I can interact directly with the characters.

    I play 12 hours per week maybe.

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    It depends on the games, some of the ones that pit you up against other people cause to to learn how people think, test your reflexes and your wit, a lot of extremely quick thinking be required for success, you wouldn't believe how fast people react to situations in fighting games, and the same goes for strategy games like starcraft, in which players are required to be fit otherwise their brains will not have enough capacity to play at higher levels. Other games often include puzzles and a bit of problem solving, The Legend of Zelda and Tomb raider are classic examples, but most of it is story telling and repetition. I also think that playing a lot of video games teaches you how to deal with frustration and anger, particularly the older games, where they are rather cruel. If you fall of the edge a few times, it's game over and you have to do EVERYTHING all over again.

    I'll play a huge variety of games, but there's usually one or two that I focus on and try to complete. At the moment, Mass Effect and Viva Pinata. I play something like 20 hours a week unless it's uni times, then I'll try not to play at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Craft View Post
    I learn mental and social from CRPG's(Computer Role Playing Games or Western Role Playing Games). They're dialogue heavy, you can choose your own dialogues limitedly, resettable, and unreal so I can learn about differing personalities through social experimentation. Also, the factor of "choice" creates instances that are thought-provoking. Destroy a soul-trapping device to save the trapped souls or make use of the device to kill greater evils. Force a race to be good or allow them to do bad but with their own will. Stuff like that. Then...there's the stats that you tweak. Which ability is the best? etc.

    I like CRPG's because they're convincing, thought-provoking and because I can interact directly with the characters.

    I play 12 hours per week maybe.
    Quote Originally Posted by King-Of-Despair View Post
    It depends on the games, some of the ones that pit you up against other people cause to to learn how people think, test your reflexes and your wit, a lot of extremely quick thinking be required for success, you wouldn't believe how fast people react to situations in fighting games, and the same goes for strategy games like starcraft, in which players are required to be fit otherwise their brains will not have enough capacity to play at higher levels. Other games often include puzzles and a bit of problem solving, The Legend of Zelda and Tomb raider are classic examples, but most of it is story telling and repetition. I also think that playing a lot of video games teaches you how to deal with frustration and anger, particularly the older games, where they are rather cruel. If you fall of the edge a few times, it's game over and you have to do EVERYTHING all over again.

    I'll play a huge variety of games, but there's usually one or two that I focus on and try to complete. At the moment, Mass Effect and Viva Pinata. I play something like 20 hours a week unless it's uni times, then I'll try not to play at all.
    OH wow, this is very enlightening!!! Thank you. What do you think of games that are played alone? Different experience?
    Hoping to get more feedback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giggly View Post
    Aside from entertainment reasons, what things (physical, mental, social etc) do you learn from gaming?
    To me, strategy games keep my sense of competitive..ness.. in check/alive. I don't get so complacent, and I don't get into super competitive mode either. It's an outlet for that.
    Emotional outlets are awesome via video games. The super complex stories and characters of RPGs, the rage and combat of fighting games.. it's an escape and a release, similar to the high I get from reading books.
    Puzzles challenge your mind, and keep you sharp and searching for new ways of doing things. It's a useful skill to have in the real world as well.
    Also, the social circle is amazing. Having similar interests with others immediately, you not only have something to talk about/play together with immediately, but it opens avenues easier with other gamer-friends. I have trouble talking to strangers.. but it seems easier once I know they're gamers as well.

    Also, what kind of games do you enjoy playing the most and WHY?
    I've always been, and always will be, primarily an RPG (role-playing-game) fan. Whether it's table top (the old pen-and-paper-and-dice, actively talking like your character in the world) via Dungeons and Dragons and Warhammer Fantasy, or console Final Fantasy rip-offs (A typical RPG game with some characters in a world, going on an adventure that you facilitate).. I think they have a wide range, and RPGs are starting to leak into other genres as well so you can have amazing storylines and character development in games that were typically just "shoot those things. Now those thing. Shoot that too. Sweet."

    How many hours per week do you estimate you spend playing?
    Hm. Not toooo too long. I'd say I spend, on average, anywhere from 3-24 hours a week playing games. The hours go up a bit if you include researching about the game, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Giggly View Post
    Aside from entertainment reasons, what things (physical, mental, social etc) do you learn from gaming?


    Also, what kind of games do you enjoy playing the most and WHY?

    How many hours per week do you estimate you spend playing?


    PS - when answering please keep in mind that I'm not a gamer.

    Thank you.
    I haven't been playing games that much nowadays, at least since last year.

    I tend to like RPG/action-adventure games. Strategy games can also be fun. I've also played a bit of MMORPG(FFXI) back then.

    MMORPG because of the online interaction. Needing to cooperate with other people to get to a goal... etc. The only MMORPG I truly liked was FFXI because there was a story to every quest(whether the story was humorous, serious, sad, happy, you name it.) You can sort of called it a book. Haven't played the game since... two years ago.

    Strategy games like Civilization, needing to find what you need and what to build to your advantage.

    RPG/action-adventure is a bit self explanatory. I guess you can say Kingdom Hearts is a good example of it.

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    I should also mention--you don't need to be a GREAT gamer to play games. You can just enjoy yourself--or you can get super competitive. It's like being able to choose an instant league of football teams.. From "Novice" to "NFL", anytime you want, from the comfort of your home.
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    I don't play video games for any reason other than entertainment. True, some games do build mental capacity and problem solving skills, but if I really had that in mind when I sat at my computer, I would be playing chess online or something instead. The social factor only really comes into play at LAN parties, though there is a text/browser-based MMO that I play called AstroWars where I've known a couple guys for a long time because we've played in the same alliance for awhile. I hesitate to call AstroWars a videogame, however.

    I dabble in a lot of genres. I enjoy RTS games, but in truth there are really only a few worth playing, as a few titles dominate. I used to love Age of Empires III until I realized it sucked. Starcraft and Starcraft II kind of destroy all the competition in the RTS department. Say what you will about your favorite RTS titles, but when it comes down to it, no RTS has the extreme depth of strategy that Starcraft has, and with near-perfect balance. There's a reason why Starcraft, and not Command and Conquer (or some other RTS) has had a professional circuit for years and years. Like chess, it is an ever-changing game, with people constantly developing new openings, new tactics, and new strategies.
    I am a huge fan of the Total War series as well. It fits into a genre all on its own. It combines turn-based campaign play with real-time tactics. The historical backdrop of each game always catches my attention. The series is also the home of a very talented modding community.

    I like shooters as well, but not the more recent ones. I've played quite a bit of Call of Duty 2 and Battlefield 2 in my time, but I think the FPS genre has really taken a dive since then. The original Unreal Tournament is awesome, I've never tried any of the other ones. I thoroughly enjoyed the original Half-Life, as it required a level of dexterity most other shooters just don't have. There are several parts in the game where you need to have total control over your player (as in knowing exactly how far he will jump, walking on skinny rails, etc.) in order to advance. FEAR also had some clever innovations that makes it just plain fun to play.

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    Aside from entertainment reasons, what things (physical, mental, social etc) do you learn from gaming?

    To be honest I never played with the intention to "learn" something from it. Maybe I learned something from it while doing so, but I don't know.

    Also, what kind of games do you enjoy playing the most and WHY?

    I tried several genres, but the genre I feel most at home with is probably strategy games (real time strategy and old turn based games), but I also play some RPGs. I played shooters in the past too, but I didn't enjoy playing them for a longer time period usually. A few building games (like Anno) and sports games (car race, football) I played sometimes as well, though sports games is some while ago already.

    Why do I like strategy games the most? Well, I don't know. They often leave many options open for you to play a game every time which gives much replay value, you can play them very well against other human players (in RPGs this is an element which is not so present, although Guild Wars was quite big in Player vs Player play which is one reason why I enjoyed it much I guess), you can think much about the game and stuff, you can see how you improve yourself in the game. RPGs on the other hand let you build up a character, collect cool stuff, be more cooperative with other players (if it is a multiplayer RPG), some have a nice story and atmosphere...

    Currently I play nearly exclusively the game Dawn of War 2, and that game just doesn't get boring even after years.

    How many hours per week do you estimate you spend playing?

    I have no idea, because it is varying very much nowadays. Some weeks I play very much, some I don't play at all. In general I play less time than I used to when I was younger.

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    I don't learn anything, but I do have fun

    I prefer real-time strategy (mostly starcraft) and first-person shooters (mostly team fortress)

    I probably spend like 2 hours a week gaming now, and I don't really miss it. This could be a sign of depression.

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