Your education is a very important part of your life. It can shape your future, for good or bad. There is, absolutely, no reason to put lesser pursuits ahead of your schooling. Unless, let’s say, a new video game is coming out. Maybe, it’s a new MMO (massive multiplayer online) game, or a first-person-shooter (which could also be online). Then, maybe for a day, it is okay to miss your statistics class (it’s the middle of the semester, and there aren’t even any tests that week), right? Wrong.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to jump on my soap box and tell you how video games are rotting your mind (they might be, but I’m not telling you about it – they improve hand-eye coordination, after all). Trust me, I have missed plenty of classes, at plenty of colleges. Along the way I have learned that even classes that may seem useless, are very important to your gamer health.
When you first purchase a new release, chances are you will be playing it until something forces you to stop. If you’re like so many of my friends and fellow employees: you’ve taken off work, started a fight with your significant other so they leave you alone for a couple of days, stocked up on energy drinks and food stuffs and of course moved some sort of waste bin next to your seat (don’t ask). So you have all the obstacles you can control out of the way, but unless you called in a bomb threat to have your classes canceled (and that’s not nearly as funny as it used to be), you still have class. Sure, skipping it would be easy, but then you wouldn’t be able to take advantage of all the benefits going to class has:
- Sleep. Very important. While plugged into your new game, that is the furthest thing from your mind. Going to class gives you an opportunity to let your brain and thumbs rest, as you doze off to the sounds of your teacher mumbling, and your classmates playing Angry Birds on their Ipads.
- Social Interaction. Sure you could be getting some sort of conversation during your gaming, depending on how social of a game you have been playing. Is swearing at a 13-year-old really a healthy form of communication?
- Exercise. Even if you drive to class, you still have to walk out of your room, then walk to the car, hopefully they’ve placed some stairs somewhere in the building for you lazy people, and you should take those too. Sitting for as long as you probably have can lead to blood clots and embolisms, nasty stuff.
- Sun Light. Vitamin D. You don’t have to get a tan or anything, but correct amounts of it improve your disposition, and I’m not going to hang around you if you’re going to act all grumpy.
So there you have it, a couple good reasons to take a time out from gaming, to go to class. I probably should have put this out a month ago, all you Skyrim players may not have missed so much school then.