Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Friends, The real reward of online games

I'm sure you would have tried an online game at some point in the past or the present. Who knows, you might in the future. Everyone with a internet connection would have at some point. Could be a entertaining and simple flash game or a huge MMO (Massively Multiplaying) or perhaps even played online from a offline game. Games are generally conceived as a waste of time by many and at the same time, a few of them go on to win at World famous events and earn their living. The former are indeed right but there is a obvious catch as you might have guessed. Too much of gaming would earn you a lot of misery. If you aren't taking it up as a career that is. Normally, a relaxing thing tends to draw us in till we decide that we want to stay in it no matter what. Few manage to have a balance between a virtual escape and their identity in real life.

The time I encountered a online game was at the beginning of my college life. A funny fact is the game was shut down when I finished college but let's not go there. I have, from the game, experienced a change in myself. A change so big that I would look back and wonder if there was a different person who was present in my life than myself. I was told repeatedly that games are merely for kids (as kids we were told games were for toddlers and so on...) and that no matter what there would never be a chance for something positive to come out of it. But things were different. I did not even think of it as a escape from reality and instead my growth was impacted in a positive way. I improved my use of languages, got to know a lot of things and most of all, I ran upon a hidden goldmine: FRIENDS. "What?" you ask. Actually you heard that right. A game, something which was considered useless by a lot of people brought me a LOT of great friendships which have lasted (and still are lasting) for more than 5 years! Making friends is easy but keeping them together is not a small feat.

Over the course of years, people would leave the game to concentrate more on studies or their family. But we never broke apart. Not even a single person lost touch and even today, still recognizes who they were inside the game and outside as well! Can you imagine that this was caused by just a game? It is amazing and I'm always astounded when I look back and think about it. A tight knitted community is a wonderful thing to have, whether it is from a game or not. Let me "borrow" my title from the top of this blog and say "You would not be mistaken to be optimistic to the point of foolishness if you are looking for wonderful memories with people all over the world". And who knows, You could even meet your future partner as well! It has happened in many online games throughout the world. A revolution in the way people play games has begun to revolutionize the way people act in life as well. Over the time, you could find positives changing your life for the better as you hurry to join your partners-in-crime to chat or have fun.

Don't get me wrong though. Playing a online game is great if you manage to make friends with some nice people. At the same time, you need to ensure that it does not cause problems in your own life (like some important stuff and exams). If you manage yourself well, you might just find a treasure of memories to be cherished throughout your life. The best part is: You'll have made some great friends who you never knew existed!

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