So it's Thanksgiving again and it's time to give thanks for everything you have and appreciate. Pay homage!
So what is that in the world of video games? Obviously, none of them replace family and friends nor can games be as high on the priority scale (and if they are, you should seriously reevaluate your life). But hobbies are an important part of life, too, so what about video games are you most thankful for?
Personally, I'm just thankful for the de-stressing they do for me. I've never gotten into multiplayer and it's almost entirely because I find most multiplayer – with the exception of some co-op fun – to be highly stressful and just plain annoying. I play games to relax, unwind, and escape. I use them in much the same way others use meditation or something; when my brain is working overtime, I pick a favorite title and play it until my mind has finally managed to step back and breathe. Books can do that, too, and they often have in the past. But interactive entertainment is unique.
So for me, it's all about sitting there alone, indulging and losing myself in a different world while just about every facet of existence melts into the background. In short, it's like getting all mellow even when things aren't going so well in your life. So what about games do you give thanks for?