Before GSN Angel left she said “If you can, would you mind doing an Oodletorial?” And of course I said “Sure!” What she didn’t know is that I’m going to use this opportunity to tell everyone GSN Angel’s DEEPEST DARKEST SECRETS!
For instance – Did you know if you ask her, she’ll tell you her favorite game on GSN is the “Reply Button” in the Player News? Yup. True story!
Okay…Not true! But, earlier this week I was chatting with Angel who said that lately she’s found that playing some of the slots games has helped with her stress levels… which sort of made me wonder just what you people are doing to her! (Kidding!). It did make me think about how many times I’ve heard players discuss how important games are in their lives because they help with stress or they’ve helped them through a difficult time. Games can be more than just fun – they can be healing.
Recently I read an email from a player who was discussing great upheaval in her life – she’d lost her husband, had to move in with her sister, and had a few other things going on that would drive anyone to the brink of insanity. What kept her sane was the occasional moments when she could slip away from her job, and all the issues she was going through, just to spend some time spinning slot wheels or playing bingo.
About 10 years ago, I remember hearing about a doctor who’d performed brain surgery on someone prescribe not just some medications to help with the healing, but he actually prescribed online games as a sort of therapy. The idea is that it would keep the patient actively using his mind during the healing process.
I know way back in the mid-90’s my mother was told by her doctor she *had* to quit smoking as she had the beginning stages of emphysema . But it wasn’t that particular doctor who managed to get her off cigarettes. It was Dr. Mario – a Nintendo game based on the Mario Bros. that did it. I won’t get into how many times I had to find used Nintendo II game controllers at garage sales to replace those she’d worn out, but ultimately, it was worth it. She had a two-pack a day habit and it’s possible Dr. Mario saved her life.
For me, I find if I’ve got some big project, or if I have to learn some new thing in Excel, like I do later today, a few spins of Wheel of Fortune Slots or a round or two of Classic Video Poker help me sort of “reset” my brain so whatever tasks lay ahead seem less daunting. We won’t talk about how Video Bingo Deluxe: Road Trip USA has reduced my productivity this month.
When I was a wee child of 22 I remember being dumped after a long term relationship and thinking that I’d be depressed for the rest of my life. It was the end of my world… she was the only one… nobody had ever felt the heartbreak I was going through… yadda yadda. Thankfully, some friends invited me over for a game of Monopoly, and I had the most fun I could remember having. I didn’t think about her once, and it reminded me that life goes on. In fact, that’s the only night during my 22nd year of life I can remember. I don’t even remember the days I spent with the girl who broke my heart!
Is there a time when a game has lifted your spirits or helped you through a particularly difficult time? Share in the comments!