Most gamers would agree that games are misrepresented in mainstream media on a fairly regular basis. Frequently enough, we hear claims that video games are breeding violent killers, that they are rotting the brains of youth, and that they are taking away time that can be better spent with family.
Video games are not perfect, but they are certainly not this evil form of media that much press would have you believe. Thankfully, not every media outlet bashes games, but there are certainly enough to make the gaming community cringe. Have you ever told someone that you play video games just to have them give you a weird look? Have you ever wanted to change the way people think of games?
I was recently inspired by a classmate’s story of how video games helped him get through some of the hardest times in his life. He noted how unfortunate it is that those types of inspirational stories are the ones that games rarely receive. Maybe it’s time to change that.
We want to show the world that games aren’t as bad as they are made to seem. For many, in fact, games may just be what turns their life around for the better. And that’s where you all come in. We want to hear your voices, your stories. What have video games done for you? What do video games mean to you? Besides just fun, what role have video games played in your life? Were video games there for you when you needed someone?
Logistically speaking, we want to compile stories from anyone and everyone who is willing to submit them and share them with the masses. We want people everywhere to read about the amazing influences that video games have had on different people’s lives. If you want to submit your story anonymously, feel more than free to. If you want your name/Twitter handle/e-mail associated with it, that’s cool too. We just want people to hear how great video games are from real people.
To submit a story, feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We pride ourselves on taking a positive outlook on video games, and we truly want the world to see games the way that we see them. But we can’t do it alone.