Being that this is Thanksgiving Week in the United States, I wanted to take some time and express my gratitude and appreciation for all that I’ve been able to enjoy in gaming throughout the year. For many people around the world, this has been a very rough year. I’m sure for some gamers, the opportunity to escape reality even for just a temporary amount of time helped to provide much-needed relief to keep pressing forward. Gaming is a form of entertainment that I’m thankful we have in 2021. So as we approach Thanksgiving Day, I wanted to use this opportunity to point out five things I’m thankful for when it comes to gaming.
THE HARD WORK OF EVERYONE INVOLVED
Every year, we are privileged to see the release of a multitude of new games. In many cases, these games are the result of a collaborative and cooperative effort that involves many people. Some of the people involved in making an anticipated game a reality don’t even get their names in the credits. But the truth of the matter is that if it wasn’t for the efforts of all of these people, we wouldn’t see many games finding their way into the marketplace. And let’s not just give credit to the developers, though they deserve a great deal of it. Executives, board members, supervisors, and managers are also a major part of this. There have to be people who can keep the company afloat and constantly find ways for the company to have a continuous flow of revenue so that these games can be made. So whether someone is an executive, developer, maintenance worker, or intern, I’m thankful for all of you because it takes a combined effort of a team to produce the great work we see.
SO MANY CHOICES
We are privileged to be living in what I like to call “The Golden Age of Gaming.” In 2021, we have so many gaming choices that it is nearly impossible to not find something that you will enjoy unless you are not into gaming. New games are constantly being developed and new platforms are finding their way into the marketplace. This is all impressive to me because when I grew up, choices were limited. There was no such thing as mobile gaming or cloud gaming. Something like Xbox Game Pass was not available. Heck, online gaming didn’t even exist. Today, you can play games without spending a dime or spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on one game. You can play current games in ridiculously high definition or go back to the past and indulge the thousands of retro games that exist. Games can be bought either digitally or physically. There are so many choices out there, which is why I advocate for gamers to spend more time focusing on the games they enjoy rather than the ones that are disappointing them.
THE GROWTH OF INDIE GAMING
One of the reasons we have more choices in modern gaming is because of the increasing number of indie gaming developers and publishers that are part of the gaming scene. I love indie games because they are helping to bring the variety, creativity, and innovation that gaming desperately needs. Some of the bigger developers and publishers are relying heavily on what already works and are not willing to take the risk that comes with creating something unique. That’s why there is an oversaturation of sequels and annual releases in gaming. It is also the reason why sometimes games feel the same. With indie games, there is so much to discover such as the award-winning rogue-like Hades, tactical first-person shooter Insurgency Sandstorm, the retro-inspired football game Legend Bowl, open-world survival game Valheim, and ambitious action RPG Last Epoch. I’ve found that many indie games are inspired by some of the best and most iconic games in history. If you are not happy with the AAA-produced, bigger-budgeted titles that are out there, realize that there is a whole other world out there of indie games that represent people putting their best foot forward with limited resources hoping to make a name for themselves. They are willing to listen and consider your feedback and are just looking for a fair chance in the gaming world. I’m so thankful for indie gaming and I support it as much as I can.
GAMING IS FUN
When it comes down to why gamers love gaming, the simplest answer is that it is fun. I’m very grateful to have such a fun activity that I can engage in regularly. Some people like movies, concerts, sporting events, outdoor activities, etc. Gaming is one of my favorite pastimes. It’s like watching a movie and reading a book but getting to interact with it at the same time. For me, it’s the ultimate form of entertainment. You can learn from it, be challenged by it, create social activities with it, and just have a wonderful time. That is the greatest thing about gaming.
CONNECTING THE WORLD
Much like sports, gaming has succeeded in bringing together people from all over the world. Many of the people that I follow on YouTube are not from the United States. Yet the commonality that we all share is our love for gaming. I think this is a beautiful thing and I’m thankful that this occurs in the gaming world. Sure the emergence of online gaming has led to a lot of headaches due to gamers who use this access as an opportunity to damage the community but many people are helping to build the global community of gaming as well. It’s also been great to see more female gamers emerging onto the scene to the point where it is normal for a female to enjoy gaming just as much as a male.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post. Please have a wonderful Thanksgiving if you celebrate it. There will be no post on Thursday.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST THANKFUL FOR IN GAMING?