So, I’ve mentioned before that I watch videos to pass the time these days because I have a lot of time on my hands, and I’m usually too fatigued to do much of anything else. I also play video games because why not? I like video games. And sometimes I watch other people play video games — especially new games and games that I’m probably never gonna play. I enjoy it. It’s entertaining for me. There’s a lot of people who think that playing videos and especially watching other people playing video games is a complete waste of time. That my time could be “better spent” reading a book, taking a walk, or even… watching television — for some reason.
You know what I say to that? Screw that noise. Why is reading a book better than watching videos? I also read books, and I enjoy them. Hell, I was an English major in college. I’ve probably read more books than some people have ever seen in their lifetime. I love books. All that being said, books are not intrinsically better than any other form of entertainment — including video games. Both video games and books serve the same purpose – to entertain and/or educate. There is a lot of writing that goes into video games — probably as much that goes into the writing of a book. I mean, there are stories behind a video game (at least the ones that I play). Like, Skyrim… I consider games like Skyrim similar to a book that I can reread many times and it’s slightly different every time.
And the videos that I watch of the people who play video games — well, they — the Youtubers I watch — put quite a bit of work into the making of those videos. Yes, they are amatures and not professionally produced but I still find the videos are very entertaining. So, you know what? There’s no reason why I (or anyone else) should put these videos aside to “read a book” or whatever. The time I spend watching videos or playing video games is not time wasted. I’m enjoying myself; it’s entertaining. Just as entertaining as if I were reading a book, watching television, or watching a movie. My time is my own, and I have never understood why people feel the need to judge how I spend it. I’m not hurting anyone by what I do, so honestly I really wish they’d take their judgement and put it where the sun doesn’t shine.