‘Gaming’ aka playing video games has become one of the largest industries in the world with revenue sitting at $159billion USD and projected revenue to be well over $200billion USD in the next couple of years. That’s some big numbers for playing games but the fact is that there is more to ‘gaming’ than a heap of teenagers sitting in dark rooms swearing and screaming at a computer screen. It has become an integral part of communication and community, to those who are either on their own, with no family, or who have mental health issues that prevent them from mixing with their peers (autism, anxiety etc). Instead of frowning upon these kids and young adults we could be learning from them. Learning how they build fellowship with like minded individuals, regardless of what race or creed they are, if they play games, then they are cool!
Playing online games is also a great way for grandparents to stay in touch with their grandchildren. There are a lot of grandparents not able to be with their families this year, grandparents who live across the country or world who rely solely on phone calls or video chats. Gaming can be played across the internet, with friends, family and grandkids! It’s the perfect platform and a lot of fun! Just because we are over 50 does not mean we cannot learn and enjoy gaming. It’s so good for improving brain function (not scientifically proven yet but research is showing great response) and reducing brain decline.
Getting yourself a gaming console either Nintendo, Playstation or Xbox and start playing is the first step in this journey. Practice as much as you can, because it’s not easy to just pick up if you have not gamed before, but honestly once you get the hang of it you won’t want to put it down. Consoles are expensive but they last for years and give priceless hours of fun. Always look for games with multi player capabilities so you can meet up with the grandkids or friends.
The world of gaming should not be dominated by the young when the older generation are still very alert, active and want to stay that way. Join in on the fun and re-connect with your children and grandchildren in a new super ‘cool’ way!