• The world of gaming

    Richard Machado, 21 years old is from Fall River Ma. He is a 2012 graduate of Resiliency Preparatory School.

    Richard Machado, 21, is from Fall River, MA. He is a 2012 graduate of Resiliency Preparatory School.


    When it comes to gaming, millions of gamers spend their days finding an escape from problems of the world, or they try to relax and have fun. Playing online with friends or by themselves can be very stressful because of a difficult boss battle, level, or other players online. Determination and devotion pays off highly in the end. Accomplishing the impossible and sharing your achievements with others are two of the rewards of gaming.

    There have been many amazing video games in the course 30+ years. From consoles to PC, there’s almost an infinite list of video games. Some of the most popular games that are well known today, such as Donkey Kong, which featured Mario as the main character, led to the popular franchise of Mario. Then there was the Legend of Zelda franchise, which became extremely popular. As many other games were made and became incredibly popular, it caused the gaming world to become what it is today.

    Another topic of the gaming world is the players. There are the players who play honest and fair, and then players who cheat and modify game play. Cheating makes for a terrible experience online. Games that are well known for this are games such as Call of Duty (doesn’t matter which game of the franchise), the Battlefield franchise, and many more. From personal experience, I do not like it when people cheat or play unfair. Nothing is more rage-inducing than to lose to a person lacking online gaming integrity.

    I strongly believe that video games are great in the world, especially for social interaction and jobs. Gaming can improve motor skills, thinking skills and reaction time, as well as hand-eye coordination. When people say video games are a waste of time, they’re dead wrong and should clearly reevaluate the statistics.

    It is gamers that help bring income to countries and companies worldwide. Without the gaming industry, a part of the world’s economy would plummet. Major companies such as Capcom, Square Enix, EA Games, Treyarch, Infinity Ward, 2K games, etc., are some of the major leaders in the gaming world, which brings in a lot of money. If these companies didn’t exist, then we wouldn’t have the great games we have today. My point is — video games are not pointless or a waste of time.

    Games that I feel are great for hand-eye coordination would be Guitar Hero, Rock Band and Rocksmith. Memorizing notes in these games can be tough in the beginning, but over time, it becomes much easier. Of all three games, I’d have to say that Rocksmith is much more superior to Guitar Hero and Rock Band — even if I am a diehard fan of Guitar Hero. Playing on a plastic guitar is fun for awhile, but playing on a real guitar along to your favorite song is much better and it helps speed up the learning process.

    For communication skills, Call of Duty, Battlefield, Halo, Counter Strike are great. Players can use a strategy against the other team to win. If you can communicate, you’ll have a much better chance of winning and destroying your foes in game. If you play as a lone wolf, you follow your own rules and only help yourself — which is what I do most of the time because I don’t like to communicate with my team. It’s either lead the team to victory or suffer defeat.

    What I’ll never understand is how other people attack others who are innocent — attacking players because they’re female, gay, a different race or misunderstood. Games are meant to help bring communities together, not shame others for who they are and what they believe in. Play the game and enjoy it. Don’t judge others because they’re different. Female gamers are discriminated against solely because they’re female. Female gamers can be better than male gamers, and it’s been proven by statistics. Some of the most successful women in the world are gamers.

    Another topic I’d like to bring up is You Tubers. A large handful of them are gaming fanatics who live, breathe, sleep for video games. For example: Mark Fischbach, well known as Markiplier. His passion for gaming burns bright and will continue to burn. He has donated to charity countless times, stopped people from hurting themselves and shown them that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and for many years to come, he’ll continue to do so.

    • Bravo !!

      • Maya North

      • December 27, 2014 at 9:35 pm
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      I’ve played World of Warcraft almost since the beginning, my daughter before me and my granddaughter since before she could read or write (at pushing 12, she’s incredibly good, too — better than I am and I’m not too shabby). I love this game. I love the art, the computer coding virtuosity, the friendships, the story — it’s like living the stories I so loved growing up. I love computer games, right up until they’re misogynistic or allow you to rape and then murder a prostitute. Those, I cannot help but despise with every bit of my mother-of-daughters heart…

    • Richard,
      This is great. I’ve been playing video games for most of my life. My first set was the pong game. I played it for hours. Now it’s Call of duty, Diablo, Skyrim, and Halo. Keep up with the writing for you have my interest now.

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