Gaming is one of the biggest hobbies and even careers in the world. People play games for fun or learning while others record videos about the games. In this article, I will focus more on gaming itself and not so much on the side of how to make gaming videos. Gamers come in all different ages, genders, religions, locations, and shapes. The backgrounds of people who are gamers make gaming that much more fun.

Backgrounds of gamers can play a part in the type of games that people play. There are all kinds of combinations for different categories relating to games and types of gamers. You really need to look at the game’s website to get all the pertinent information before buying.


There are many online platforms where you can buy games from, such as Steam or Humble Bundle. Those sites will give you the description, videos by the company, pictures, user and non-user tags, reviews, website, company, and social account(s). Be aware the game’s website might not show you everything you need to know. As a minimum, a gaming company will show a short sales pitch description, a small number of pictures (5 at best), one or two videos by them and their social accounts. They will provide an informative description, their social accounts, user reviews, and videos.

Let’s dive right into what is perceived as negative about gaming. The majority of the negative things about games come from the real-life people on those games, the type of games, and the types of games for the wrong person. A game can be poorly made, but it’s not always the case where the game itself is bad. It could be where it was the wrong type of game for the wrong person. This is where the categories come in. Maybe a game has a bit of violence. That doesn’t make it bad; it just makes it the wrong type of game for a seven-year-old. Or maybe you bought a puzzle game for a person who loves action-type games. So the action-loving person won’t enjoy it, but that doesn’t make the puzzle game bad!

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The types of games are endless, from nudity, drugs and alcohol, horror, gambling with money, and more. These different types are wrong for youth gamers and wrong for people who don’t like seeing such things. Gaming has good and bad sides, just like everything else. The key is how good and bad are those sides. For example, some games have a bad side with players that like to fight a lot. This is common in games. Understand for many gamers, this is not a big deal; however, for youth who are new to the game or even gaming in general, this can be frustrating. There are times when you want to avoid the bad sides altogether. There are times when the good outweighs the bad. If this happens and there are no problems with the game itself, then the bad side is just that one little fly in your room is no big deal. Caution: If the bad outweighs the good, I would strongly recommend avoiding that game.

Another aspect that people will nag a game developer or creator about his representation. Should I say, a lack of representation is not limited to race, body type, and message in the game? If you can customize your character, then, of course, you will not have a problem with representation. There is a problem in some games where they don’t represent strong and smart females, minority females and males, big, small, tall, and short females and males. Notice how I didn’t put “males” after females for strong? That’s because males in games are ALWAYS represented as strong and smart.

In games that show a male strong and smart, he will most likely be white, tall, thin, movie star looking, and buff. You will rarely see him be a minority, short, chubby, not buff, nerdy looking, while still strong and smart. You see this even LESS for females. Some games are also white, tall, thin, and strong while showing skin like no tomorrow. You only see THESE females in MMORPG games (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game), though. RPG games are meant for fantasy worlds where you mostly fight people and monsters. Of course, the females’ stats will be strong, but they won’t look strong.


In most games, when they add a character for you to play, they always add a white male first, then a white female, then a black male, and then a black female. They don’t even really add people who are mixes of races or in between. When it comes to the black characters, they only add one shade of “black” or “African American,” and not every black person on earth is that shade. In games, the majority of the characters are always thin and tall. You don’t really see short and thin characters, tall and chubby, short and chubby, etc. There are a lot of people who aren’t thin and who aren’t tall.

Then lastly, there is the mental message that goes with gender, race, and body type. What do I mean by the mental message? Some games send an indirect message about that character being strong and smart or something else. While for other games, it can be a mental message either on purpose or not. For example, in the game you play, and you see a minority female who is short, chubby, nerdy looking, and her traits are to be a goofball, naive, and dumb. It could send a mental message to you that people that look like her are just like her. They’re not smart, they aren’t thin, and they are not tall. They did poorly in school, etc., etc. So you start thinking those things based on not only seeing this in that game over and over again but when it happens in other games too.

The worst part is NONE of these things are true. Yes, some people aren’t thin, tall, and maybe not that bright; but not EVERYONE is like this! You do have short chubby minorities who are smart as all get out! You have all kinds of combinations of smart people! Of course, all these things about gender, race, body type, and messages aren’t just in gaming; they’re in movies, TV shows, ads, etc. Interestingly, some of the creators who make the games, movies, TV shows, ads, etc., are minorities themselves, and they make up the population of the earth. (Search “world population by race 2016” and click the first three links if you don’t believe me.)

Quick disclaimer: I AM NOT BASHING ANYONE! Yes, I was shouting that. This section of the article tells you what I know, read, hear and experience in gaming. If you don’t believe me, look at today’s TV shows, movies, ads, and games. A show to look at for good representation is Milo Murphy’s Law. Two games to look at as a reference for good representation are OverWatch and Atlas Reactor. In these fields, it has gotten better for representation, specifically gender, race, and just now starting body type (specifically in this order). Some games even add robots and creatures as playable characters to avoid having problems with representation. This removes the problem of users wanting a character to represent their actual or preferred gender, race, or body type because now there is a character most users can agree on. After all, you can’t please everyone.

Alright, now that I ranted and got the bad stuff out of the way, let’s get into the good parts of gaming! You have gamers as young as three years old and as old as 90+! No matter your age, race, gender, religion, culture, or location, gaming can be good for anyone. Gaming can not only be fun but beneficial and educational. A benefit of gaming is it can help youth have more confidence in themselves and be more social. If they play an online multiplayer game and talk to other players worldwide, this can help them get used to talking to other people besides family, and they gain confidence in what they’re saying. They can go from an introvert to a social fanatic! It can happen fast or slowly. Even if it’s not a game but a place for gamers, artists, fashion designers, car enthusiasts, etc., to chat, it will still help them be more social. Keep in mind, though, typing to someone and then voice chatting to someone are two different experiences. Youth can be very social when typing but very shy when voice chatting.

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This is how I am. Before I was shy when talking to people I didn’t know, whether online or offline; now, I’ve become more comfortable with it because I know how to handle myself and have confidence in myself. But when it comes to voice chatting online, I’m the quiet person on the chat. Counterproductive right! You might even forget I was on a call with you! Before, when the people at the bank said: “Hi,” I wouldn’t say anything, now I actually respond and say “Hi. How are you?” After that, I don’t really expect to talk with them, so I’ll be quiet again, lol. See what I mean? After socializing, in general, you get better at it and become less nervous and more confident in yourself over time.

Another benefit of gaming is teamwork. Sometimes in games, the only way to win or accomplish a goal is to work with one or more players. In certain games, players are allowed a task that can be accomplished with only one player, but it might be harder unless you have more players than yourself. Other times certain tasks can’t be accomplished with one player and need two or more. There are times you make a group with your friends or family to finish the goal. Other times you can make a group with people you didn’t know.

This is where it can get tricky. If it’s a game where you can make a group that invites only, you will invite your friends or family. You can strategize with them; you’d be more comfortable talking with them, and you’ll all agree to work together. If it’s a game where there is no group system, but you can still work with others, aka free for fall, and you can talk with them, there may still be a goal that can only be completed with multiple players. Do you have to play with other players you’ve never talked to before if your family and friends can’t join you and you really want to complete this goal?

This isn’t a bad thing, though! This is where you not only become more social, but you learn how to work with other players you’ve never met before. If you always play with your family and friends you both already know how to work together, how the other thinks, etc. But if it’s someone you’ve never met, it can be a little difficult. My brother and I grew up doing everything together without really having any friends, maybe colleagues, and associates but not really friends. So we were very used to knowing what the other wanted or how they played etc. But when we actually got two friends, it wasn’t easy to agree on many things. So if you play and work with other people now, it will be easier later. My brother and I have improved my skills to work with others.

Another benefit is patience which ties in with team building and socializing. After all, to get better at something, you not only have to keep doing it, but you have to have patience while doing it. There are many times in games where you have to wait. Just like reading is in everything, you have to have patience for everything. In games, you always have to wait for something. It would be best if you had the patience for finding something, something to finish cooking, something to finish dying, your friends to come back from going AFK (Away From Keyboard), the next wave of monsters to come, the next level to open up, etc., etc. I had to have patience when writing this article! So gaming can help you have more patience in gaming and everyday life.

Another benefit is hand and eye coordination. When you’re gaming, you have to pay attention to what’s happening on your screen while also pressing your controller or keyboard button to do more things on your screen. If you want to move your character in that game, you have to use your keyboard and mouse or a controller while still looking at your screen. It’s like learning how to type. Most of the time, you’re supposed to learn how to type words and sentences while looking at your screen without looking at your keyboard. This same thing applies to gaming. You have to be able to press the needed keys to accomplish that thing you’re trying to do while looking at your screen. After all, if you’re pressing your keys but not looking at your screen, how are you going to know if you’re doing it right?

Now, this one is a benefit and educational benefit – memory. Games can help improve your memory. How? Let me tell you. Take what I said above about typing. The people who can look at their screens and type without looking at their keyboard have something called “muscle memory.” When they want to make a certain letter appear on screen, they have to press that key, and they don’t have to look at the keyboard because they have a press that key so many times they themselves and their muscles remember where that certain key is. You have muscle memory already. Don’t believe me? Take a look at your keyboard right now. You see where all the letters, numbers, and symbols are, right? The letters are not in alphabetical order. So whenever you tried to type your name or something on a digital keyboard where the letter was alphabetical; Did it take you longer than usual to type that word, and was it weird and confusing? It was. I’ve done it. You know why?

When you type or text someone you know, the word you want to make appear on the screen, and you remember where the keys are. Maybe you can’t tell them in order if someone asked you, but if they asked you to type a word, you’d be able to type it because you know where the keys are. For me, I know how to spell certain words when I’m typing but maybe not how to spell them verbally. This is because I’m seeing the word being spelled in front of me. Technically when we type to each other, we’re spelling out words and then reading them in our mind. But when you speak out loud, you don’t see the words. You hear them. Sure, when you read text on screen, you hear them in your mind, even right not you hear these words I’m typing, but you don’t verbally hear them, and you see each letter make up that word. When someone spells something wrong, you immediately notice it because it’s not spelled right, and you read it. When someone speaks something, you don’t read any letters; you only hear the word.

So games can help you build up muscle memory and mind memory. If you can store items in-game, you have to remember where you put it, or if you need a recipe to make something, you might remember the recipe, or maybe you remember a detail about something important, or maybe you remember the way through a maze or the way home. Some games are even built to help improve your memory, or the only way to keep progressing is to remember certain facts. My mom can type without looking at the keyboard but struggles with trying to walk in games.

So now, let’s get into the educational benefits. One educational benefit is math. Now, the game doesn’t have to have a goal to teach you math for it to have math. The point of going to school is to get an education! Not socialize, but you still might make friends. So this applies to all games. The game doesn’t always have to have a goal of J, but it might include J. Its goal might be X, but it might still have J. In some games, you can build houses and use recipes to make items. How big do you want your how-to be? 30 blocks X 10 blocks X 60 blocks? Did you understand what I just said? Let me say it differently. 30 blocks on the X-axis (left and right on the ground), 10 blocks on the Y-axis (up and down on the ground), and 60 blocks on the Z-axis (up and down in the air). This is how you’d build a house, using math, in a game called Minecraft. With these coordinates, it means your house will be a rectangle with a very tall roof. Let’s use Minecraft again for this next example.

If you want to make 4 swords, for example, what do you need? It would be best if you had wood and iron. How much wood? How much iron? We’ll start with the handle. You need two sticks to make the handle for one sword. One wood log can be turned into four wooden planks; take two, and you can then make four wooden sticks. You want to make 4 sword handles. So how many wooden logs do you need? One. For the sword itself, it takes two pieces of iron. You want to make 4 swords, so how much iron do you need? Eight. See? Depending on what you’re making and how many of that thing, the recipe can call for lots of resources or just a few.

Another educational benefit is problem-solving. There are lots of games with puzzles or none, but it can still include problem-solving. A good game, for example, is Scribblenauts Unlimited. In this game, you go to make different places solving people’s problems to make them happy, which gives you an item to cure someone. To solve their problems, you have to use adjectives and nouns to solve the problem itself or make something to solve the problem. The best part is you can solve that problem in many different ways, and no way is the wrong way. Some games even change based on your choices, and we call these “paths.” Some paths can change, stay on the same route, or end. So you need to solve each problem the best way. Otherwise, you may choose the wrong path or a path that ends.

Another educational benefit is reaction timing. If you don’t want to die in a certain game, your reaction to something could be the deciding fact of your survival or grave. The more you test your reaction timing, the faster you will get, and soon, you’ll be able to react to things quickly. This can come from games with combat like MMORPGs, shooters, and PvP (Player V Player).

You do a lot of these things in games without even knowing it! When you play that game, you have to do A, G, M, and S to do whatever it is you’re trying to do, without knowing in the real world those skills are technically called B, H, N, and T, and used in 3, 6, and 9. See? So you have to get used to applying those skills in the real world. Some games are better for certain ages or interests. Some games are meant for little kids, some are for teens and young adults, and others are for adults. There are games just for people interested in robots, cars, fashion, princesses, ice skating, etc. So the games could have the same benefits, but those benefits might be better for certain people than others.

Some games are being used in schools or colleges as tests for robots and even teach certain topics. I recently got a game that will teach me how to read and write Japanese characters while surviving in a game world. Some people who don’t speak English now know it enough to talk to English speakers just by playing or watching games in English! If you find someone who knows how to speak, read, or write a little Japanese, ask them if they have watched Anime. Most English speakers know some Japanese because they play or watch Anime things. So when you see your youth or grandparents playing some games, don’t think it’s bad. It could be helping their memory, problem-solving skills, math skills, or be learning another language or learning more about a topic. goo