What Video Games Taught Me About Life - Part 2
Before doing anything, read part 1 here.
These are some of the games that have not only entertained me, but taught me things about myself and life.
6. Pokemon taught me that hard work will pay off in the end. In many ways, the Pokemon League is a symbol of the final stages towards achieving our goals. Patience is key, and knowing that you won't get there immediately is important. "It's a long way to the top if you wanna Rock N' Roll", as AC/DC said. We work hard to achieve our goal, but before rising to the top we must first gather all the necessary skills, tools and experiences to get there. The hours I spent catching Pokemon on my Gameboy are too many to count, but I made it in the end, after years of playing, hundreds of Pidgeys captured and a Charizard that was invincible.
7. Prison Break: The Conspiracy taught me to never waste my time playing games based off of television series. 24: The Game, The Walking Dead - Survival Instinct, Lost: Via Domus, and the Mothership, Home Improvement: Power Tool Pursuit...no. Just no.
8. Payday 2 taught me about the importance of teamwork. Sure, it is a violent game where you take part in criminal activities, but looking beyond the actual plot there is much to be learned about teamwork in the co-op part of the game. Without a strong team and communication Payday 2 is close to impossible to succeed in. Whether it be in business or in your everyday life, supporting and receiving support is crucial to achieve what you want, as well as opening yourself to receiving help from others as much as wanting to help them in return. Communication and having a plan is vital in order to succeed, and leaving someone behind is never an option. In order to get stronger both in a business as well as in your general everyday life, strong friendships and trust between you and your co-workers will make your daily battles and challenges easier. Be independent, but don't shy away from getting help or helping others. You need people in your life that teach you something and want the same things as you do. Steve Jobs didn't create Apple all by himself...
9. Left 4 Dead 2 taught me that when you run into obstacles and enemies, you're heading in the right direction. As in life, a road to something should never be an empty and easy road to travel. The roads that are exhausting, full of people, places and things that might scare you or make you nervous - those are the ones that are important to walk. In Left 4 Dead it's all about following the zombies. When a Tank appears, chances are it's coming from the way you should be heading. Following the arrows always leads to hoards of zombies, the brainless, barely-living ghosts of people - those who spit at you, those who try and pull you back. In other words, the people that keep holding you back from moving forward. We all have them in our life, friends or not, and it's up to you to decide whether you'll let them pull you back to where you came from or chop their heads off and continue walking - not literally, obviously....or maybe just a little.
10. Journey taught me about the beauty of life. Personally, I fall into the category of people unable to describe Journey to those who haven't played it. Not only might it change how you look at video games in general, but the essence of the game, the co-op part you hardly notice takes place and the moments it's done - it's an experience everyone should have, gamer or not. For is there a game that can teach you something, it's definitely Journey.
The importance of taking a break from your busy day to just stop and take in your surroundings before continuing forward is something most of us forget to do. And as cheesy as it might sound, life really is all about the journey and not just the destination. There will be good times and there will be bad; there will be challenges to face and there will be moments of peace, and there will be times where life will feel like it's rushing past you. You'll meet people on the way that might be headed where you're headed, people you'll share only a moment with and people that will walk with you through the hardest parts of life. But in the end, we will all find peace. Getting in touch with nature and seeing beauty in everything from a beautiful flower to a spiderweb will make your day so much better. So take a break from worrying about the long road towards your destination, and enjoy the ride that is life.