I don’t know about you, but I grew up playing many games. If you share the same interest as I do, you might be aware that gaming can be addictive. When you are playing a game, you rarely pay attention to the clock and before you know you have already played the game for couple of hours straight.
As a gamer, we learned a lot of things, but we rarely appreciate the efforts put in by app designers&game developersin bringing the game to life. Each character, scene and action sequence take weeks. Just like in app development company Toronto, game developers develop the game and release them after little testing. In some cases, they don’t even get to play the games they have created with their own hands.
In this article, you will learn about seven useful lessons that game developers can learn from gaming.
1. Impossible is Nothing
After playing Final Fantasy franchise games, I have learned that you can achieve anything you can put your mind to. No goal is unachievable, and nothing is too big to tackle. After saving the planet from Sephiroth, one of the most powerful villains I have ever faced, I realized why it is important to challenge the status quo. Whether you win or lose, taking a stand is important. All you must do is to give it your best shot.
I have learned the same lesson by playing Super Mario Brothers. Despite being a plumber by profession. Mario still successfully navigates the dungeons, fight with villains along the way and rescues the princess. He wears multiple hats during the game which you might have to do in your real life. Don’t be afraid to take risks otherwise, you will never achieve your goals.
2. Determination Is Key to Success
Legend of Zelda is another game that will put your determination to test. Passing through dungeons of Hyrule will push you to your limits and you might fail to complete the task in a single day. Don’t let this bog you down and keep moving forward. If you stay steadfast irrespective of how tough the situation might be success will come your way. The satisfaction of a achieving your goal can not be described in words. If you lose hope just because you cannot complete the mission in one day, you will never be able to achieve your goal.
3. Teamwork Win Championships
Michael Jordan, one of the best basketball players of all time once said, “Talent win games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” and he is right. After playing Team Fortress 2, I realized that teamwork is critical for success. If you have a team filled with team members that go along well with one another, you can achieve anything. Everybody understands each other well and knows about their strengths and weaknesses, which help them to perform as a cohesive unit. No matter how tough the challenge might be, if all team members work towards achieving the common goal, you are bound to achieve success.
4. Face Your Challenges Head On
Imagine being stuck in a scary town full of monsters who are coming to take revenge for murdering your wife. Silent Hill 2 takes you on a thrilling ride where James initially denies charges against him, but the Silent Hill town make him feel guilty at every turn. He decides to change his stance and look fear right in the eyes instead of shying away from it. It might be a tough decision to take but it is much better that letting fear get the better of you.
5. Explore the World
Fans of Grand Theft Auto Franchise might be familiar with this but if you have not played the game you should play it to realize the exploration opportunities the game has to offer. You can play tennis, go to movies, take photos as a photographer and do much more when playing Grand Theft Auto 5. This includes robbing banks, stealing cars and scuba diving. The moral of the game is that you should explore the world around you.
6. Be Prepared for Everything
Call of Duty raked up millions within first couple of days of its launch. Call of Duty is my favorite game because it taught me that lesson. Even if you have played any first-person shooter or war game, you might have also learned this lesson. It teaches what items are necessary for survival whether it is ammo, healing items or water. That’s not all, the game also teaches you how to take full advantage of your surrounding environments. You will also learn how to keep your essentials safe by hiding them at places no one can guess so no one can steal them.
7. Choices Have Repercussions
There are instances when you must take tough decisions both in real life and video games. Games like Fallout 2 let you play both as a bad guy or as a good guy. Depending on the choice you make, it will determine who you have to kill and the mission you need to complete. Your choice will also determine who you can trust and who you cannot. If you make decisions haphazardly, you will end up on the losing side. This gives us a message that whether it is a game or real life, the choices you make has consequences.
After spending two decades of my life as a gamer and playing hundreds of games, I have realized that games can also teach you some valuable life lessons. If you play a game just for entertainment purposes, you might not notice it but if you analyze the sequence of events in a game more critically, you will surely be able to unearth hidden gems that will change your life. Gaming can improve your focus, problem solving skills, critical thinking and provide an avenue where you can vent out your frustrations so others around you stay safe.
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