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Why Video Games Are Good For You!

September 27, 2019


Hey, guys! So growing up, I was a huge gamer. I know, I know, it’s hard
to believe being that I was a very skinny, small
and nerdy Asian kid growing up, but, really, I was a big gamer. I mean, every single free second that I had,
I was either on a gaming console or a computer or a Gameboy of some sort. I would say about 50% of my childhood
was me playing video games. 25% was playing sports,
the other 25% was making videos, and the last remaining 5% was
me neglecting my math homework. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely
don’t play as many video games as I used to because, you know,
I’m not a kid anymore. I’m a mature adult, so… (Flappy Bird sound effects) F*CK! Anyway, if you play or played
as many video games as I did, you definitely heard this before. It’s one of the most irritating things
you could ever hear as a gamer: (whining) Why are you wasting your time? If you have someone like
that in your life, get rid of them. Not ’cause of what they say–
that voice is so irritating! It’s usually coming
from your parents or girls. I’m not trying to be sexist, I know
a lot of girls play video games too, but let’s be real–it’s more guys. It’s a fact. Although there’s a lot
of guys that will question your video game playing too. But, I mean, those are just the losers
that don’t play video games because they have no lives.
Right guys? (chuckles) (singing) Ryan has friends! There are three main reasons why
I think people say that video games are a waste of time. One, they’re not good at them,
so they don’t like playing them. Two, they like playing them,
but they have no time, so they don’t want you to either. Or the worst of all: Three! They judge you because you
have an interest in something that they have no interest in. Which is so judgmental and makes
absolutely no sense to me. That’s like saying, “Hey, mom?
Why do you paint your nails? That’s a waste of time.” Or, “Hey, dad! Why do you watch football?
That’s a waste of time.” Or, “Hey, Arnold! That’s
a great show. I missed that…show.” I feel better now. You get the point. I actually believe that video games
are good for kids–or anyone. Video games aren’t a waste
of time, they’re good for you! They teach life lessons. And I think it’s about time that
our society starts to appreciate that. So for all the gamers, the geeks,
the nerds, the so-called losers, I’m standing up for you!
The next time somebody says, “Gaming is a waste of time”–
like a friend or a parent or a boyfriend or girlfriend,
probably not the last two because you’re a nerd, hah hah. I’m gonna stand up for you
and let them know the truth and tell them all the reasons why… I’m so close to the camera I’m out of focus. All the reasons why…gaming
is actually good for you. (video game music) First, let me start off
with the most obvious one: Hand-eye coordination. A lot of video games require quick reflexes, especially first person shooters
like Counter Strike, Gears of War, Halo, Modern Warfare, ETC. I can’t think of a better way
to teach hand-eye coordination. I mean, how else would I be able
to do something like this? Candy. Too easy. Ah! Problem Solving. If you don’t run into any difficult
problems, it’s not a real video game. And that’s just like life. If your life has no problems,
you’re not really living it. That is deep. I just made that up! That is a straight-up annoying person’s
caption for their selfie on Instagram. Anyway, I’m off topic. In both video games and life,
you’re gonna run into problems. And a true gamer never gives up. He problem solves until he
figures out how to win. Trial and error, looking for patterns,
keeping at it until he gets better and better. For example, in real life,
if you’re taking a Calculus class and you’re failing,
treat it like a video game! Try to problem-solve, never give up,
and eventually you will succeed. And if you know you’re not ready
and you can’t beat that level, well then, lower the difficulty. Take ceramics. Camping. Don’t be a camper. For all you gamers out there, you
already know what a camper is. But for those of you that don’t,
a camper basically is someone that will wait around and hide
until their victims come to them, rather than actually playing the actual game. This is such an important life lesson! Yeah, sure, be a camper
and enjoy the safe route. Hide behind a bush
or a coach your whole life. But if you want to have an exciting life,
don’t just be a camper who just waits around
until opportunity comes to you. It’s not just lame to people, it’s irritating. You get out there and you get it! Go after what you want in life! Camping is boring. Rush! Storm the front! Go, go, go! Counter Strike references. Hackers. Hackers aren’t respected. Sure, you can be a hacker in life
and cheat your way to the top. But you and everyone else around you
knows that you hacked to get there. And the thing is technology is
so good now that if you’re hacking, you’re gonna get caught.
And dare I say it… Banned. So we’ll make her dance. Dance, make her dance. Nobody likes a rage quitter. You know those guys that quit
the game out of frustration. Go! Go! Go! SON OF A [BLEEP]! MAN, I [BLEEP] QUIT! I [BLEEP] QUIT! (screaming) If you play games, especially online,
you know the feeling of wanting to rage quit.
Don’t even lie! And as irritating as a rage quitter is,
it still teaches you a life lesson. Sometimes you get so upset
and frustrated that you just have to stop. When you’re in a place in life
when you’re so unhappy with the way things are going, take a break. Take some time to cool off
and come back even stronger. Money management! Whether it’s coins, dollars,
minerals, or whatever, video games teach you how to spend it wisely. For example, if you’re gonna buy
an AWP, you have to remember to save money for ammo
because ammo’s pretty expensive, not to mention your secondary weapon,
Desert Eagle or something, and we didn’t even get
to the part about the equipment, like your kevlar helmet, your frag grenade,
your double flash bangs and/or smoke grenades and stun– damn, I really am a nerd. If you get any of those references,
you’re awesome. Micromanaging. When you have a bunch of units,
you don’t just auto-attack like some NOOB! You assign different units
to do different things. Yet another life lesson. Each person has their own specific purpose. Micro-manage each person
to do what they’re best at. That’s efficiency. Biology. Every first person shooter
will teach you that you’re more likely to die if you get shot in the head
than the arm or the leg. Okay, maybe that one might seem
obvious, but if you think about it, it’s probably obvious because you
learned that from a video game or a movie! It’s true, though. If you get shot
in the head…GG, bro. Multiplayer. To me, this is one
of the most valuable life lessons you can learn from video games. Most, if not all, video games
these days are multiplayer. Multiplayer teaches you that if you have
a bad team and you don’t work together, you’re probably gonna lose. You can’t always do everything by yourself. The bottom line is there’s no I
in the spelling of teamwork, just like there’s no I in the spelling
of multyplayer…with the bottom line. (ding) There it is! And the sooner you learn that,
the sooner we can all work together like a multiplayer unit and convince people
that video games aren’t a waste of time! Video games are important to teaching people how to really start living life
by not setting up camp, but going after the things they really want, without having to cheat
their way to the top. Even if they have to rage quit
every now and then, they’ll learn to problem solve
and never give up until they get there. And once they do, they’ll already
have passed any problems that come along their way with the quickest
reflexes the world has ever seen. Because gaming is more than just a game. It’s life. And like I always said
since I was a little kid, “If your life has no problems,
you’re not really playing the life.” Wait…no. If life has no problems, the game
is not really playing the l-life. What?! When the life is like…problem.
Games are problems– If life is a game, the problem is– If your game has problems,
take it back to the store that you got it from. Life is like a Xbox of chocolates. Okay. If your life has no problems,
you’re not really living it. And that…is the bottom line. (ding) SON OF A [BLEEP] I QUIT! I QUIT! I [BLEEP] QUIT! ARGH! Oh, dude. Tee hee! Hey guys, thank you so much for watching. If you want to see the previous video,
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