My mom was born in the era where video games were becoming mainstream, so she was always hands-on with a new gaming console. Just like my mom, growing up I was surrounded by the latest gaming technology; Gameboy, all forms of Nintendo, PlayStation when it was just a PSP, you name it. I’ve spent limitless hours playing countless games, but I was never really the best, so I’d always have to ask Philip to beat a level or ten for me. Having been so awful at games, I decided to steer away from it and let other people who were good keep at it. Though I could never pass up a couple rounds of Wii bowling or Mario Kart.
Ms. Peyser argues that video games are more stimulating than binging Netflix, and I would have to agree. Although they are both entertaining, you are required to engage in video games, whereas you’re staring at a screen watching a show or movie, but you can doze off from boredom and forget you were even on Netflix. Video games most definitely build bonds and strengthen relationships, and I can see how it can be considered a whole new type of media. The idea of building relationships through video games is quite pleasing, since video games require teamwork, which allows us to know more about the person playing with us. As you progress, you will understand how your partner thinks and forms opinions. For instance, “Detroit: Become Human,” a decision-making game about androids, would be a good example for getting to know your partner better.