Happy National Video Games Day!
One of my earliest memories was being six years old, and getting a Gameboy on Christmas morning in the early 90s, I would spend HOURS playing and failing at games like The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Super Mario Land, Frogger, Paperboy, and eventually Pokémon Red Version. I’m proud to say, my original Gameboy still works and is in near mint condition.
Gaming continued and lasted most of my childhood, with hours spent hanging out with my younger brother and playing our way through the PlayStation 2 games we owned: Twisted Metal, Tony Hawk, Guitar Hero, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro and every MBL game. We still have a ton of random inside jokes that reference those games, and even have a secret side project of writing fanfiction for Twisted Metal. Okay, fine. It’s just ME writing the fanfiction.
My fiancé is also a huge gamer, preferring to game on his PC with Hearthstone, League of Legends, and World of Warcraft. These days, I spend a lot of my gaming time on my PlayStation 4 playing the remastered Crash Bandicoot and all the LEGO games, especially Harry Potter.
I love gaming because it allows you an escape that is more interactive than a movie or book. It teaches you problem solving skills, comprehension, working through challenges, and teamwork. It’s also a really great way to connect with people. My brother and I would spend hours a day together playing video games, while talking about nothing and everything. Those hours are some of my favorite memories and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.
There’s a ton of research out there to the negatives and positives of video games.
- Increased levels of aggression
- Gaming addiction
- Poor academic performance
- Adverse effects on health including obesity and eyesight issues
- Problem solving and logic
- Hand-eye coordination
- Planning and resource management
- Quick thinking and fast analysis
- Situational awareness
- Pattern recognition
- Inductive reasoning and hypothesis testing
- Mapping and memory
- Responding to challenges
- Teamwork and cooperation
- Exploring and goals
- Introduction to technology
Whether you’re a full-time gamer or looking to pick up a fun, new hobby, the Niles-Maine District Library has you covered. We have videogames for all ages in a variety of platforms including Nintendo Switch, Playstation 3 and 4, Xbox one and 360, Nintendo DS and 3DS, and Nintendo Wii and Wii U. Check out our catalog to see what you can play today!