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   2008-04-16

 

My Big Fish Games Why do we play games? Have you ever tried to find an answer for the question? What makes so many people spend so much of their time playing? Actually, there are so many ways to spend the time more productively and with more use. But we still turn on our computers and play. Why? Are you interested?


I'd like to speak to you about the reasons that make you play games. When I think about it, some versions come to my mind. The first one and most obvious - we play to pass time. When we can think of nothing else to do, we open Zuma or Bubble Shooter to play a couple of levels. Personally I sometimes play games when I need to think something over - it helps distract and concentrate on important issues at the same time. Such games as Runes of Avalon 2 or Snow Queen Mahjong facilitate this process and let you just click and click and click.


But that would be too simple. And most games nowadays are not like this. They require real thinking and concentration and challenge your abilities. What if this is the reason? When we play such games as Dream Chronicles 2: The Eternal Maze or Natalie Brooks: Secrets of Treasure House , we enjoy the challenge and the difficulty. And the victory, surely!


I guess this is one more thing, and very important, about playing games. Vanity. When you win a game you can feel triumph and you can feel yourself something you'd never be otherwise. What about earning millions of dollars on real estate in Build-a-lot 2: Town of the Year or creating a hotel empire in Jane's Hotel: Family Hero ? Unfortunately, very few of us are able to achieve this in real life. and games give us a chance to raise our self-esteem and become more confident - who dares say it's bad?


And let's not forget about community, for it's what attracts so many people to the industry again and again. Diner Dash Hometown Hero is a great game, but would it be that popular without the populous community where you can get acquianted, communicate, compete and share your experience with other people? Isn't it fun?


And, I guess, we have come to the most important part here. That's what it's really all about - fun! Fun is an essential part of our lives, and everyone gets it the way he can. But fun is indispensable. So let's stop talking and start playing - and have our portion of fun to spice up the life!

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