By: Alex Gendron
Today, I interviewed Kareem Kader. He is a student here at the high school. One of the many things he loves to do is play video games. I asked him a few questions about his experiences and his motive to play video games. He surprisingly had lots to say about video games as a whole.
What are your favorite video games?
Kareem stated that he likes a lot of video games. He prefers first-person shooter games such as Call of Duty or Rainbow Six Seige. He also likes more calm and adventurous games like Minecraft. He mostly plays these games specifically because most of his friends play them.
How did you start playing video games?
Kareem said that he was inspired to play video games from watching YouTube videos. He would always watch his favorite YouTubers play games like Minecraft. When he was in 5th grade, he asked his parents for an Xbox, and the rest is history. Once he got his Xbox, all of his friends started to get consoles as well. This is what sparked him to play video games.
What makes video games fun for you?
Normally, the storyline or the purpose of the game is why people play certain games. However, Kareem likes playing video games because it is a great way to interact and talk with his friends. Especially during these hard times, video games are a great way to interact and have fun with friends. Kareem also plays video games because he says, “It feels good to win.” His competitive drive also is fuel for when he plays video games.
Has COVID affected what you do with video games?
COVID-19 has affected almost every aspect of life negatively. One bright spot of COVID has been that there is a lot more time to play video games. Kareem has had a lot more time to occupy himself by playing games and it has also been a good way to socialize with friends when he cannot see them in public. Having more time to play games, Kareem has started to branch out into different kinds of sports games like Madden 21.
What do video games mean to you?
Video games have always meant a lot for Kareem, especially during this time. It is something he knows he can have fun with when he has nothing else to do at the moment. It is especially important to him as it has been something he has been doing for so long. With everything going on right now, video games are a place where Kareem can just relax and focus on the game specifically.
Overall, video games mean a lot to Kareem. They have meant a lot to him for a very long time. He has always used video games as a way to have fun with his friends and it has been very effective. Video games have always been something that he has looked forward to and it proves his love for video games as a whole.