I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that most people have played at least one video game in their lives, so I shouldn’t have to explain the basics what I WOULD like to explain, is that despite the media’s portrayal of games as “violent murder simulators”, I would like to make the case that gaming can help bring people together.
First, a hypothetical say you and one to three friends decide to go see a movie, it’s fun and all, but it’s over in 2 hours no matter what you do. So you decide to try some sort of activity instead. Sorry, but most people outside of your immediate family would get bored playing scrabble or monopoly.
However, if that party of two to four decided to play Mario Kart together, they’d be having fun for hours on end.
Gaming is no longer the activity of a recluse. Most games are designed with multiplayer in mind. It (multiplayer mode) can-in fact-impact sales if a game doesn’t support this option.
The modern consoles of today are designed to have their own friends lists, online play, and can even sync with your Facebook, encouraging gamers to actually socialize, sure there’s a machine acting as the middleman, but in this day and age of smartphones, twitter, and Facebook, what isn’t?
Anyone can talk to someone online, sure, but you’d be surprised at the kinds of friends you’d make forged in the fires of a heated multiplayer match
~ John Kamerer