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Do Video Games Make People More Social? One Gamer’s Perspective

It’s certainly not a new theory – that when your kid (or yourself) is stuck in a room for hours on end playing the latest installment of Call of Duty while outside it’s beautiful and sunny, that somehow this inhibits some important social aspect of growing and interacting with other people. And to a degree it seems logical: the more time my kid spends in front of his game console, the less time he spends interacting with the outside world.

But with the explosive nature of online play over the past few years (and particularly with the next generation consoles) the idea of the anti-social gamer is coming to an end, even if the mainstream public doesn’t seem to be noticing.

Let’s start with some numbers – currently I am a part of 2 different online communities through my PS3 and Xbox360 consoles, each with at least 50 friends I interact with on a daily or weekly basis. I have a Facebook account (which I can now access through my next gen consoles) with over 300 friends (which is not a lot), a twitter account, PS3 and Xbox360 gamer tags, groups of friends in at least 6 differentsitus slot terpercaya online games, 3 different personal email accounts and a slew of gaming forums I access online when I’m not connected to my systems.

On a given week I would say I interact with about 25+ different people through my connections listed above, most in the US, but some certainly outside. At least one of those people is someone I’ve never met before and at least one of them speaks a language other than English as their primary form of communication. Interactions range from brief “hey what’s up” comments to long conversation over the intricacies of the latest DLC for Fight Night Round 2.

I’ve worked with friends (real live, tangible friends) to develop LittleBigPlanet levels. I’ve had guests that have come over and played 6-Player PixelJunk Racers matches. I’ve gotten drunk while grenading my roommates in Worms. And I’ve accomplished all of this as a direct result of my involvement with gaming. I don’t think that every kid should spend every waking moment in front of a tv screen, but I do think that it’s important we realize that we are not in the same error of 2D, single player games that required you to stare at one screen for hours on end. Games are evolving in social networks that are building upon themselves every day.