How gaming made me today
You can never put the word "gaming" and "positive influence" in a sentence together and expect a reporter from a well-known news channel to say it. Gaming has always been the scapegoat for acts of extreme violence committed by teenagers or young adults, but the press always fails to mention their then-skewed mental state. But I digress. This post isn't about the sensationalism of the media towards biased subjects. This is a gaming community after all, and we all know how awesome our hobby is. I won't be preaching to the choir any further: I would rather share with you how gaming became my own positive influence.
We usually disassociate the office with gaming, but I tend to try to bring in some of my gaming habits and experiences to the workplace. Whenever I'm presented an overwhelming project, I tend to compartmentalize the whole thing by segregating each required task as a "level" like in a game.
Each level I beat means that I get closer to the objective, which is completing the project. By doing this over the years, I taught myself to keep cool under pressure, even when at times the project started falling apart. I'd always remember that this was just one "level" for me to beat and kept going. True enough, in the end, I would pull through and win the map, so to speak.
I work as the IT manager of our company, and I gain gratification from helping others with their computer-related problems, or proposing and implementing new systems that help my users get their jobs done easy and efficiently. I relate this enjoyment to the multiplayer classes / roles on various games. If there's an opportunity to heal, resupply, give covering and indirect fire support, I will be all over that role in a heartbeat. There's something that appeals to me in seeing my comrades-in-arms reaching the team's goal and objectives while I provide some background support to make their lives easier.
I would say, gaming has taught me to cope with certain situations and this has helped me so far in my life and professional career. I never once found our hobby as a time waster, but rather, an overall experience that I can truly cherish.