Go and play your video games.

Following content was submitted to Moodle on September 12, for MCOM 312A Video Games and Culture class at Trinity Western University.

vidgif1

Video games have been both a socializer for the enthusiasts, and a virtual reality that critics refuse to believe may have any socializing affects on the player. I have held a critical position which was created by my experiences with many enthusiast gamers I have close relations with. I would like to think that video games facilitate an environment that allows the player to hold anti-social tendencies, and obstructs them from social relationships. After re-thinking the effects of video games on the people I know, however, I decided the so-called anti-social video games can also be an effective tool for making friends, developing a socially conscious attitude, and creating healthier relationships through the release of negative energy.

The strongest argument against my statement is the capacity of video games that allows gamers to meet fellow players within a virtual environment. In fact, video games facilitate a higher chance of meeting people with similar interests. Meeting with players with the same interests can be effective at forming long-lasting relationships. Consider the following example: My boyfriend met his best friends of the last three years through playing Knight Online. He had always been a person who would fulfill his social obligations. However, after the day was over, night time was Knight time. Upon meeting his friends via the online game, he found out they were living in the same city all along. This resulted in more than half of his time being spent physically meeting his friends and time remaining virtually meeting them. Conclusively, games facilitated an environment for him to be more social.

Another friend of mine that I have had the opportunity to have a conversation during the summer, put his situation into words like this: “I do not mind going out and talking to people, but after a while, you have nothing left to talk to”. This is perhaps because he does not have friends that hold a common interest with him. Furthermore, his parents asked me to help him be more social. After a while spent talking and understanding his situation, I figured out that he had no problems to be social. He was not anti-social, he was socially conscious. To me, being socially conscious of your time means to know the worth of time that you socialize and to spend it in a way that will entertain you, and benefit your own needs. Therefore, my friend was spending his time with people who held the same interest (through video games). Video games taught him that his time had value. There is no fault in this mindset, in fact, it is also a sign of a person who knows what he is looking for in a relationship. Therefore, video games did not obstruct my friend’s social relationships, they helped him adopt a social consciousness to be selective with his relationships.

Furthermore, it is commonly accepted that games can release stress and frustration. My uncle who has a wife and two kids, also works at a very stressful job in a corporate hospital. Although he may not be considered a perfect parent by many, I have observed that his way of releasing his stress from work helped him form healthy relationships with his family. He puts the stress and frustration into video games and transforms them in a way to kill a few opponent players on Counter Strike: Global Offensive while his 8-year-old girl climbs up on him. Bonus side effect of violent games and good parenting, my cousins have grown to play with race cars and Star Wars replicas as well as pretty dolls and Barbie’s. Believe it or not, my uncle can spend quality time with his wife and family because he leaves his stress behind him after a couple hours on the computer. Video games did not cause anti-social behavior on him, rather they increased his quality of life.

The virtual reality of video games had long been thought by critics to cause anti-social behaviors. I personally have been one of the critics until I considered that video games may be able to uplift social behaviors and relationships. After looking at video games on a different light, I would now like to think that video games can help players to make friends, adopt a socially conscious attitude and therefore, have healthier relationships.

What does not sell: Fall Playlist

21706732_10214031102400067_1887272416_o

“Sex sells”. Did I get your attention yet? This has been used so many times as a hook in essays, for top-read articles, in compelling songs for marketing purposes and on steamy scenes of the box office record breaking movies. I’ll take on the hypnotizing melodies of music and the voices that accompany this form of art today. Don’t worry, no sexual talk.

I am back in Canada for another year of university and I barely have time to physically rest. My mind has been busy too, believe me. But, I think I got it down about how to mentally rest… I’ll share my ways with you. You just need to listen.

  • Dua Lipa

We all started getting to know this British girl with an amazing physique through the song ‘Be the One’ (At least I did). Have you ever heard her acoustic performances? Her Etta James cover? I have never been to like rusty alto voices, I love soothing angelic melodies… This girl has it all. She writes and belts out amazing tunes. Listen to her ‘unpopular’ underrated songs.

Begging: All my bones, are begging me to beg for you, begging me to beg for your love. Oh, my lungs, are begging me to beg for you…Begging me to beg for your love.

Genesis: In the beginning, God created Heaven and Earth. For what it’s worth, I think that he might’ve created you first… Just my opinion. Your body is the one paradise that I wanna fly to, every day and every night.

Blow Your Mind: If you don’t like the way I talk, then why am I on your mind?

Photos Summer 2017 518.JPG

  • Dardust

I was introduced to the Italian classical band in a festival of my hometown during the summer (Nilufer Music Festival). The band is led by the amazing composer Dario Faini. Let me say this, I was impressed to see unique performances and people that attend for the sake of appreciating music. I appreciated these guys the most. Their music spoke to my heart with no words. It was literally beating the same beats to my heart. You will know when you listen… Every one of their song awakes an emotion.

I recommend, start your journey with: Sunset on M. (From the album ‘7’) and move to The Wolf (From the album ‘Birth’) and one of my all time favourites Lost and Found (please watch the music video for this one). It is an individual journey so you will know the story behind each song, I can’t tell you my own.

  • Odesza

A band that I think does Art. I adore electronic music but most popular electronic is trash -as harsh as this may sound-. Since I discovered them in 2014 (I believe) I have been waiting for a new album. Odesza is my zone out music. I run with this music, I study, I just lay and think about existing and breathe. 2017 is their year. They just released A Moment Apart. Although In Return was on repeat for years, it will be my new sound to write (listening as I write this blog post now). Keep in mind, the band is the music more than the lyrics.

The first song I ever listened by them, Say My Name: Because you got my hands tied. In my defense, I always fall for confidence, and your compliments look good on me…

All We Need: Don’t ask me to commit a thing… If no one gets hurt, what was it worth, what was it worth? What was it worth?

It’s Only: It’s only water. It’s only fire. It’s only love. It’s only slaughter. We’re only liars. It’s only blood.

21706596_10214031103440093_694179902_o

  • Sam Smith

A Brit that compelled us with his unique character and standing tall in Hollywood for the way he is. His music is pure emotion, love and tears. This is the music that I sing screaming alone in the car, sipping on my coffee on a rainy Sunday afternoon. He is everything. Sam Smith deserves so much more appreciation than he gets.

Stay With Me: Guess it’s true, I’m not good at a one-night stand but I still need love cause I’m just a man. These nights never seem to go to plan… I don’t want you to leave, will you hold my hand?

Lay Me Down: Told me not to cry when you were gone, but the feeling’s overwhelming, it’s much too strong.

I’m way too good at goodbyes: Every time you hurt me, the less that I cry and every time you leave me, the quicker these tears dry…