08/30/2012 05:37 PMPosted by polyoddityThere is something seriously wrong with anyone that plays a game just to be with others.
There is something really, really wrong with this sentence.
You know, from a developmental perspective, playing is in fact "training for your adult life". Kids play by assuming adult roles. Young pups keep chasing each other to train as hunters.
Gaming is meant to be social, not a solitary act - the young wolf will not play alone because he needs to learn to interact with others. I know it's hard to believe, but back when there were no videogames children used to play together, to interact in meaningful ways, to learn to adapt and so on. It was silly to play alone.
Also, maybe you have not realized yet but it's very hard to achieve any amount of happiness without significant people surrounding you. It's in social interactions that it happens.
So - in conclusion - it is natural to play games with others. It is completely non natural to play games alone for hours. Unfortunately that's what some videogames and endless TV brought.