Although it has developed very strongly in recent years, it is undeniable that online games are still subject to a lot of negative stereotypes. The peak of this prejudice was in the years 2009 – 2010, when there were many dramas, scandals, and social problems stemming from excessive online game addiction. To the point that the WHO then had to list “gaming addiction” as a mental illness. However, it must be said again, online games not only entertain, but sometimes do better than what it is asked to do. Examples are the cases below.
The Last of Us
Will playing games help us get rid of game addiction? This seemingly absurd argument is extremely true in the case of Downward Thrust, a relatively famous YouTuber. Specifically, as the guy himself admitted, it was The Last of Us that became a special “medicine”, helping him get rid of serious game addiction.
According to Thurst, after playing The Last of Us, he suddenly realized that he couldn’t live forever the way he is now, locking himself in a dark room and then immersed in playing the game anymore. Through The Last of Us, Thurst really realized his need to “connect with others”, especially after witnessing the suffering of the two main characters in the game. Game addiction has cost Thurst many things like money, house, friends and even girlfriend. But then, it was the same game that helped him get out of that abyss.
Online game to save people from a distance of 5,000km
The game saves lives – the story is completely true and not made up at all. Everything is thanks to online games. It is known that at the time, Dia Lathora was playing a game with an online friend, Aidan Jackson – a 17-year-old boy. While playing well, Jackson suddenly had a convulsion. Fortunately, Lathora was able to call an ambulance for her online friend from a distance of up to 5,000km.
Jackson’s mother, Caroline, said: “We were at home when the ambulance came, Aidan was on the second floor. I thought they were coming for something else. We are extremely grateful to Dia.” Dia herself said that while she was in voice chat with Jackson, she suddenly heard a call for help from her friend and quickly dialed the emergency number of the EU. Luckily nothing bad happened.
Tales of Symphonia
Playing games helps children to be more obedient, more aware of life – this is certainly not something a parent usually thinks about. However, Tales of Symphonia did a great job on this task.
Megumi Yamamoto, a Japanese teenager recently shared on the online community that Tales of Symphonia really changed her life because of the themes it conveys. Megumi herself also thinks that after playing the game, I have a better understanding of the problem of school bullying, social discrimination as well as blameworthy selfishness and the need to sacrifice interests. individual to collective.