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Apr 15 2013
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5 Ways Video Games Prepared Me For Adulthood

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My entire life growing up I had to listen to my parents telling me that one day I would have to grow up and stop playing video games. What they didn't realize was that I was actually learning how to be a well-rounded adult from playing video games. PARENTS JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND! This is how video games prepared me for adulthood.

 

Persistence

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How I Learned It as a Kid

Video games these days are incredibly easy. When you start a game in today's world, you pretty much are guaranteed to win it eventually. NES game were nearly impossible to beat. If you wanted to beat one, you had to spend hours and hours trying to perfect every single jump. If you didn't play it so many times that you had every single jump memorized then you probably haven't beaten any NES games.

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Why It's Important

Being an adult is really hard. Everything costs money and the only way to get money is to try to get money every day. If you give up and stop trying, then you'll wind up living on the street. Even worse, you might have to sell your PS3/Vita. Plus, you will probably have a family to support too.

 

Time Management

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How I Learned It as a Kid

A big part of growing up for me what figuring out how to spend the maximum amount of my free time playing video games. It was a delicate balancing act between school, home work, chores, music lessons, sports, and after school clubs. If I didn't plan carefully then I wasn't going to get to fit any video game time in to my schedule. As a kid, Video game time was more precious than any other time so I had to use it wisely. But of course, education come first.

 

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Why It's Important

As an adult, you have to be able to plan a schedule. You don't want to be the person that constantly late or even worse the person that flakes because they forgot. Everyone hates that person. Adults know how precious their time is and they get really mad when other adults waste theirs because they don't know how to manage their time. I know it makes me really mad if someone's a half hour late to something that I'm meeting them at. I could have been playing Call Of Duty for that half hour instead of sitting here sipping on slowly chilling coffee.

 

Being Detail Oriented

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How I Learned It as a Kid

The only thing greater than beating a game is getting 100% completion. Technically, if you haven't found everything in a game then you haven't beaten it. You have to scour every inch of every map to make sure you've found absolutely everything you can possibly find. It's a thankless job, but someone's got to do it. That someone is me. I am the King Of Completion!

 

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Why It's Important

The work force is extremely competitive. You have to work quickly, but you also have to work accurately. No one wants to hire someone who constantly misses important things because of carelessness. King Mogbor of Tondgulch isn't going to put up with that and he's king of the slime people. Why do you think Steve the Department Head at your job would have any lower standards than the slime people? He wouldn't.

 

Completing Menial Tasks

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How I Learned It as a Kid

Roleplaying games are awesome because you get to create a character and legitimately feel like you are part of an awesome fantasy universe. The only thing that sucks about roleplaying games is when you have to complete some dumb boring fetch quest. It just didn't make a lot of sense to me at the time. I just killed a dragon. Why do I have to go deliver a letter?

 

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Why It's Important

It's important to do stuff that makes you happy. But not everything you do is something that will make you happy and you just have to deal with it. Being an adult means you have to run errands all the time. Errands are al of the things that your mom used to do for you like laundry. If you have to go to a laundromat then make sure you find one that has some sweet arcade games.

 

Cooperation

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How I Learned It as a Kid

Video games are fun to play alone, but almost all of my best gaming memories involve playing with other people. There's something about working together to complete a hard co-op level that makes the game that much more fun. The people don't even have to be in the same room. They could be on the other side of the world. If you've never known the joy of totally taking down the opposing team in a squad based shooter then you haven't really lived. The flip side of that is you have to be able to play well with others and not hog all of the treasure.

 

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Why It's Important

Cooperation is basically the foundation of our entire society. As a species, we have an advantage over other species because we are able to work together to complete a common goal and then share in the spoils of that goal. Taking down Thyrm the Giant in WoW gives you the exact same feeling that cavemen got when they took down a wooly mammoth.

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Re: 5 Ways Video Games Prepared Me For Adulthood

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TL;DR - Needs mental help ASAP
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xElfenLied wrote:
TL;DR - Needs mental help ASAP

Your reply was TS;DC ( too short didn't care) :smileyhappy:

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I can agree with everything written here. I like to believe one thing video games taught me was patience. Back when video games were difficult, you always had to be patient when traversing a level or fighting a boss and etc. You couldn't get careless or else you'd fall off a cliff or into some spiked pit.

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Games are incredibly easy compared to NES these days? Dark Souls? Demon Souls? Also, by easy are you comparing that with hand-eye coordination? Because theres lots of games that are hard as far as puzzles and riddles go(SH anyone?).

But, I agree somewhat, Donkey Kong Country was a HARD game for me when I was young, still is, but love it to death.
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itsnotozzyitsozz wrote:
Games are incredibly easy compared to NES these days? Dark Souls? Demon Souls? Also, by easy are you comparing that with hand-eye coordination? Because theres lots of games that are hard as far as puzzles and riddles go(SH anyone?).

But, I agree somewhat, Donkey Kong Country was a HARD game for me when I was young, still is, but love it to death.

I'm an expert Monster Hunter player, so Demon Soul/ Dark Soul isn't that HARD at all for me, the hardest part of those game, for me is the grinding and getting good gear. Back in the day, however, I spend 10 hour trying to beat that level of Mario with the insanse and almost impossible jump, world 2-5 as I recall

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I am also a huge monster hunter player, and dark souls is a lot harder than monster hunter games. I've never spent 10 hours on any level back for the NES :?
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itsnotozzyitsozz wrote:
I am also a huge monster hunter player, and dark souls is a lot harder than monster hunter games. I've never spent 10 hours on any level back for the NES :?

It's get harder if you die alot reallty, since you lose some of your soul and health, and have to grind and get them back.

 

Well, I'm guess I'm really bad at Mario

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I agree w/ everything.
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xElfenLied wrote:
TL;DR - Needs mental help ASAP

Your reply is indicative of how modern day video games DO NOT prepare people for adulthood in the way that the original poster was prepared.  

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