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9 Valuable Life Lessons We Learned From Gaming

The world is yours to explore

In GTA V you can do almost anything: hang-glide, play tennis, go to the movies, even take artsy photos with a cameraphone.

The big question is: Why not do these things outside, in the real world? Don't rob a bank or steal cars, but scuba diving is way more fun when you're in actual water with real-life fishes, no matter how beautifully rendered the graphics.

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Having A Good Laugh

Games, just like life, have a competitive component to them. But being obsessive, strict, and narrowly-focused on one thing to the exclusion of everything else is not the way to go if you want to be truly happy. Gaming is often just about feeling good, having fun, and being fulfilled and content at the end of the day.

You’ll Find Valuables In The Strangest Of Places

Thinking for yourself and going outside your comfort zone might lead you to untold treasures.

Just as you will often find a rare and incredibly powerful item in a random closet, you can find a job or a new relationship in unexpected places. You’ll never know what you may find if you don’t go out there and explore.

Finding Shortcuts

There are rules to everything, and understanding the underlying system, makes it easy to find loopholes and exploit them.

In real life, there are many predictable situations and in most cases there is an easier way to overcome them if you know they are coming. You have to pay attention and exploit them within reason.

Real Life Lessons From Videogames
Real Life Lessons From Videogames
  1. Difficulty increases as you progress.
  2. If there are no obstacles you’re going in the wrong direction. 
  3. Look for secrets and do some side quests to get better fast. 
  4. You have multiple lives, but don't waste them.
  5. Tutorials will save you later even if they don’t seem useful at first.
  6. Use the pause button. You'll feel better, with a clear mind.
  7. Don't be that player who only cares about themselves
  8. Explore the map. Maybe something interesting will pop up.
  9. Offer help to those in need, but don't feel bad when they lack the drive to keep going.
  10. Help the less fortunate
  11. Good things and bad things appear differently
  12. Everyone wants to be a hero, even bad people.
  13. Let things go. Don’t forget, but don’t be burdened, either.
  14. There's a pattern to games, and to life. 
  15. You're not alone. 
Video Games Can Teach You Personal Accountability
Video Games Can Teach You Personal Accountability

The reward our brains feel when accomplishing something in a game teaches us to focus our own actions and helps us control the situations around us. Lessons like this are easily applied in the real world.

Video Games Are Now Used In Therapy

Researchers designed a game called SPARX to help treat depressed teenagers. The players had almost double the total recovery rate when compared to the conventional treatment group.

Video Games Can Help You Make Friends

Games that are popular or involve social mechanics can help with making friends by giving access to the community that forms around the shared experience. 

Gaming conventions, online multiplayer sessions, and competitions all help players meet new people and make friends with a common interest.