Why I Game

 

Why do you game?  How has gaming positively impacted your life?  

“Why I Game” is part of our Gamer Girl exhibit, which explores the history and contemporary culture of girls and women who make and play games.  The gallery below features individual stories from gamers around the world whose lives have been inspired and empowered through gaming.

Share your story!  Send us an e-mail with: (1) your name, (2) your country, (3) your answer to the question “Why do you game?”, and (4) a picture (of yourself, an avatar, or favorite game character).  Contributions are accepted and posted on a rolling basis.

Why I Game: Yue

There are countless electronic games I’ve played. The earliest ones were some simple dress up games and RPG adventure games. It satisfies some of my real dreams, whether it's a Barbie-like princess, a few cute pets at home or magic. The overwhelming majority of...

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Why I Game: Alexandra

Last Christmas my father told my siblings and I that he had a present for us. He took out his iPad and connected to the TV. I thought it was going to be a slideshow of pictures or an old family movie, but it wasn’t. Instead what came on screen was Spy Fox. And not...

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Why I Game: James

The first video game I played was Game and Watch for the Gameboy. It started a lifelong love of gaming. It was a family thing, with my dad and sister and I all playing the same games, comparing high scores, and discovering secrets together. It didn’t matter if it was...

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Why I Game: Jessi

Gaming has always been a part of my life. When I was little, my parents would have a family game night at least once a week. At my grandma’s house my brother, cousins, and I would play the Game of Life and Hungry, Hungry Hippo as we waited for the grown-ups to get...

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Why I Game: Madison

I never considered myself a gamer. To me, gamers were boys that spent their lives behind first person shooters, who devoted their time to the perfect car heist, or went on adventures with Link and Zelda. I didn’t fit the criteria that made a gamer and I wasn’t...

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Why I Game: Kates

I wasn't an avid gamer growing up, but the first–and possibly only–truly "in" thing I ever got was an original Nintendo back in 1987. I didn't have tons of games, and I was terrible at pretty much all of them (except Paperboy; to this day, I still don't know...

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Why I Game: Jocelyn

I need to clarify something; I’m not a big gamer. I never played N64 with my dad at a young age, and I’ve never spent hours lost in World of Warcraft. But I do enjoy games, and especially, perhaps even more nerdy, I like watching people play games. When Skyrim...

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Why I Game: Dani

I am a gamer for many reasons... My dad and brother got me into gaming as a kid (Atari, Nintendo, Sega), and then my husband help develop my inner nerd (FPS/MMO/ARPG) . I love being able to immerse myself in a world that is different then what I live in. I deal with a...

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Why I Game: Emily Lawry

I was relatively old before I started gaming, mainly because my mother had decided there was something vaguely unhealthy about it. My sister and I were more wooden abacus and jigsaw children. However I can’t remember a time as a girl when I didn’t deeply covet my...

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Why I Game: Jupiter Hadley

I game because I used to dabble in game development. When I was younger, I used to play online multiplayers like Minecraft to meet friends and escape the everyday drama. There, I met an indie game developer, who created games he wanted to play. I knew games were made...

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Why I Game: Michelle

I don’t think I ever really identified myself as a gamer. In that regard I must admit to having fallen for the stereotype of society. The unkind kind of stereotype of a guy living in his parents basement, glued to his computer screen. Not me, a girl with long blonde...

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Why I Game: Kat

I game because it is fun! I like to be the hero and save the day in games.  It is a great feeling I get when challenging my hand/eye coordination and succeeding at a game. Gaming has been a wonderful part of my life.  It is stress reducing and relaxing.  Gaming...

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Why I Game: Victoria

I game because it takes me into another world where I can forget about the stresses of real life for a while. Gaming is a way I spend quality time with my husband. Whether it be him cheering me on through GTA V or Bioshock Infinite, or us playing completely different...

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Why I Game: Danielle

When I was young, my brother was into games so by default I spent time playing Super Mario with him (it's still my fav). Now I play because I enjoy the challenge, the variety and the community that comes from games. Most recently I spent time playing Fallout Vault,...

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Why I Game: Sarahjane Cottrell

I am 42, and I have been playing RPGs and video games for most of my life.  When I was young, gaming was a way for me to express my imagination, develop my storytelling skills, and build friendships. As I got older, in addition, gaming helped me to alleviate the...

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Why I Game: Suha

  My first experience with video games was watching my oldest sister play Mega Man on NES. I remember being completely blown away by the backgrounds, level design and the emotional story. Back in the day, I wasn't huge on video games. I used to pick up a Sega...

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Why I Game: Thannia

I game because it takes me to different worlds and makes me live amazing stories. -Thannia Blanchet Mexico

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Why I Game: Danielle

I’ve been gaming for 25 years. I game to get away, to relax after work and make new friends. Some of my best friends are people I met while paying video games. One of those became my roommate so I could move to a larger city and get a better job. If I wasn’t a...

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Why I Game: Katherine Ullman

  The answer to why I game is a somewhat complicated one. I started gaming back in the early 90s, mostly on MUDs, back in the wee dawn of the internet. This allowed me a kind of wall between reality and myself that allowed me to connect to other people on my own...

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Why I Game: Tristan Derringher

  I game for the same reason many people (including myself) love getting into a good book: the immersion into a new world, an interesting character, an inspiring backstory, a crazy twist; It's not only a chance to imagine the surreal but to become an active part of...

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Why I Game: Lexi Attiani

I game because it relaxes me but also inspires me. I was a costume design student before I had to leave school for health and finance reasons and for me, gaming and by extension cosplay help me to continue to practice doing what I love and keep sharp. Gaming also is a...

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Why I Game: Kenia

I game for so many reasons, sometimes it's to relax and not think about real life for a bit, but there are days when I love slipping on my headset and killing skags in the borderlands with my friends - complaining about tough bosses and laughing at the ridiculous...

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Why I Game: Kylie

It all began when I was a child. I was given an original Game Boy by my gamer uncle at the age of 2 and I was hooked instantly (although I don't recall knowing how to win the games, I just enjoyed fiddling with the buttons and causing the tiny box to make noise). My...

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Why I Game: Inquisitor Aura

                            I game because I am a writer, and video games tell some of the most complex and surprising stories I have ever encountered. I game because I love the idea of living a thousand lives, not just one.¬† In games, I can be anyone- a bad ass...

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Why I Game: Stephanie Edwards

I play a lot of puzzle-based games, because I get bored easily, and puzzles really help occupy my brain. But I also game because games are filled with amazing stories and worlds, and I can’t imagine not wanting to take part in those. -Stephanie Edwards United...

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