Today, our point of view of games has changed recently. Many years ago, games were associated with children, form of playing or sport and sometimes related to outdoor activity. By now, we can see that playing games doesn’t have any age limitation; from child to adult can play games. Games also can be played indoor and even easier. The gadget era today has brought us many games that have much more variation, more interesting and easy to get: just by clicking, downloading and then we can start playing the game.
GAMES IN BIO-PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECT
Brain Training and Activation
When playing a game, another part of the brain will be activated, according to what type of game that we played. Game that need visual and spatial ability, music games, game that need interpretation will activate your right brain. In another side, game that involve your memory recall, mathematical computation, logic thinking and language will train your left brain.
Sport is also a kind of game. Do some sports or any playing activity outside home (dance, futsal, badminton, etc) will train our muscle, burn some excess calories, train our cardiovascular organ, detoxifying our body and of course will give us a healthy body. Now, the games that are in our gadget only train the digiti minimi muscle; muscle of our fingers. But, there are some applications that still help us how to exercise well by using exercise track record, calorie burner, any kind of work out application.
Coping with Stress
Playing game is one of many other ways to cope up with stress. Playing games provide us a distraction from stress and some type of games can give us relaxation. The feeling when you win the games can repair your mood. But, it should be noticed that many of games now provide more challenges. Instead of evade us from stress, it can vest us more stress and addiction.
Games can be played in group and solo. Many type of games before were played in a group. I remember when I was child, I would meet my friends to play game. Playing game was one thing that could unite us and made us had the feeling of togetherness among ourselves. Playing game tighten our bond and friendship. Now, some children prefer to play solo. They might connected by internet connection, LAN, and any other sharing tool, but they may lose eye contact, touch, sweat and maybe another thing that they can’t get while playing together.
Game is also one of another pillars of culture in Indonesia. Indonesia has many traditional games and today our children don’t know much about them. When, I was child I used to play cingklak (like marble game, but use small stones, different with congklak), tambak-tambakan (like gobak sodor) and my favorite one is playing joglagan/enggrang. Now, those games only played when independence day, August 17 and the contestant were they who are the same age with me, because maybe our children don’t know how to play it. I’m bit worried, if one day the generation who know how to play them get old, couldn’t play them, the traditional games will be vanished too.
The new form of games can be economically worthy if we know how to make online games or games application. According to www.statista.com, in 2014 Indonesian people who use smartphone are about 38 million people and it was estimated that total revenue for online PC games in Indonesia about 136.5 million US dollars. It would become benefit to Indonesian technopreneur. I tried to search some online games, but still many of them were created by people from another country. Only few online games or application were produced by Indonesian people. We should appreciate that Indonesia still have people who are creative and competitive.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT?
Like any other tools in life, games could be benefit for us when we use it in a right manner. Games can train your brain, help you to cope with stress and make you more healthy. Games can be a bell that remind us of our culture. Games can be a site of business, bring you out an income. But, we should also remember too much playing games can destroy our study, our work, our life and put out the money from our pocket. At the end, the balance is the key to avoid the bad influence.
The concern should also focused on children that playing the games. Again, the parents are the one who take the responsibility to manage their children. Choose wisely the game that suitable to your children according to their age. Now many parents use their gadget to calm down their children, but never think what the implication to their children. Our children will depend on gadget, they may addicted to it, they might lose the feeling of togetherness, they might don’t have the sweet memories like we used to when we were child and played our games.
Let us back again to that time, let us play the old games that we had left 🙂 and, be wise to use gadget.
with love, cahyanidwy
This is the second time for me to submit my post to BEC‘s weekly challenge. Honestly, I would like to submit it at Friday like its name, English Friday weekly challenge. But, I’m afraid on that day I’m on duty and will be late to submit my post. So, to dear admin, it is okay then?
with so much love,