Student Stories: Escaping the Harsh Reality

Student Stories: Escaping the Harsh Reality

Keith Flury, OCC Student

I have been playing video games as far as I can remember.

They’re a pastime after a long day of school and doing large amounts of homework. During my breaks when I don’t have school, I would spend nearly the whole day playing either the same game or playing a couple to mix things up. I have played so many games over the years that I have an overflow of games in my room. The reason why I like playing them is because it can be used as an escape from reality where I can be transported into another realm and get immersed in it. I am also in control of the game, being the master and overseer of the game since the player is supposed to win in single player games. This is all true especially now with COVID-19 affecting people and constantly hearing about it on the news.

Hearing about the virus everywhere on a daily basis eventually got to me. At first I thought I could handle all of the press conferences and new channels covering every angle of who was being affected by COVID-19, but after a couple days went by I couldn’t take it anymore. I decided to still watch the news but only a little bit of it since it is important to get updates on what leaders are doing to combat this virus.

I then spent my time playing video games, but after I completed all of school work for college. The games that I am playing during this time are Minecraft, an open sandbox game that allows you to build anything, Fortnite, a battle royale where 100 player fight it out for the end goal of winning, and the new Star Wars Battlefront 2, a third-person shooter set in the Star Wars universe. These three games help me pass the time and let me forget what is happening in the real world. Those are not the only three games that I have ever played, like I said before I have played many games growing up. Not all of them are accessible to me anymore since some are on consoles that are older and are not easily found in my home anymore. So instead of playing the games I can’t anymore, I watch them through YouTube and other video sharing platforms. Some of the older games that I played as a kid are still popular today though videos and live streams that are being made about them on a daily basis.

I am fortunate enough to have a pastime that can go along with staying indoors but I know they’re people who don’t. Video games are a great pass time especially now with what is happening in the world. Video games are not always bought in stores anymore since the times have changed, games can be bought online and sent to your house, they can also be bought online without a hard copies on digital distribution services like Steam, and some can even be played for free but the quality of the game will not be the best since they were made with limited resources. Do what you must to spend some time away from reality.