How can RPGs improve the psychological well-being of players?
Role-playing games offer more than entertainment. As a player, you interact with each fictional world, often derived from myths and legends, through avatars created by your tastes and desires.
You choose to become someone else. A character’s design, also dependent on the archetypes provided by the developer, reflects the player. But what happens when you start comparing your RPG avatar with yourself?
This is sometimes how gamers become philosophers. You pose interesting questions, asking if we’re all actually Sims, while the line between games and reality becomes thinner. Not only that, but some of the things you admire in your god-like character suddenly seem possible and attractive.
One benefit is that gamers’ good experiences in role-playing games inspire them to upgrade their real lives. Some RPG plots also engage your opinions and morals like any good book. And platforms like MMORPGs are perfect social environments to improve communication skills.
Keep reading for more details on the psychological perks of RPGs.
What are the benefits of playing role-playing games?
Role-playing games are good for the mind, body and soul. To begin with, some RPGs allow you to create your own adventures. You can build a little world, populate it with NPCs and tell a story, like a jaunt through mythical Atlantis but as you imagined it. You become a guide and entertainer for players who visit. If you’re actually a player in the story, you have to make smart, decisive moves based on your character's strengths, weaknesses and other party members.
In multiplayer mode, the party is made up of characters driven by real people like you, so good communication is important. Whether player or storyteller, role-playing promotes introspection and comparison with heroic archetypes. This helps pinpoint personal areas you want to improve.
The rewarding experience of RPGs' gaming technologies, from Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines to Fable II and Dragon Age: Inquisition, isn't to be underestimated either. Their stories have superior visuals, complex interaction and are full of fantastic mythological influences, such as Celtic, Egyptian, Scandinavian, and Asian. These are the hooks that engage and expand gamers’ mental and emotional world. Psychological well-being can then be worked on by making use of this creative stimulation.
What's interesting about online and mobile gaming is that users made these platforms popular because they allow massive interaction with other people. So, RPG designers stepped up with the best social and competitive video games modern technology can provide.
The psychological and social benefits aren’t just in the millions of character-building options that RPGs like Raid: Shadow Legends give you, or the gameplay possibilities of Dark Souls III that can make each gamers’ experience unique. It’s in the ways such elements make you confident and encourage you to communicate.
Taking on the role and personality of an RPG character is exciting. You almost always develop your skills, tactics and appearance from scratch. Every step towards becoming the walking battering ram of your dreams is filled with action and pride. As a result, role-playing adventures can get you hyped and out of that gaming chair. In fact, players inspired by their heroes actively imitate them. Spotting Dragonborns at Viking-themed parties or LARP events never gets old.
Gamers can channel their interests in fashion, types of magic or mythological figures into personalizing their RPG champions. Do you love Chinese culture, pandas and druids? You could experience World of Warcraft as a wise but lethal Pandaren shaman. And the creativity put into shaping your character reinforces any positive attitude.
Believe it or not, video games are an art form. Both players and developers express themselves through them. And artistic activities are beyond a doubt one of the best ways to heal a psyche. Having other MMORPG users appreciate your character goes a long way too.
How video games affect your mood
So far, we’ve established that RPGs can make you more skillful, active, social and creative. But they’re also great for exercising your mental and physical talents.
Reduced stress, better reflexes, coordination and surgical precision are all benefits of gaming. It may still be difficult to become a fireball-wielding mage or a demi-god who crushes foes with a wink, but seeing your spirit and physical presence evolve into that of your Spartan or intergalactic warrior is a reward in itself. At the end of the day, reaching that potential is as simple as taking that urge the game gave you and turning it into action.
What legendary or historical sources developers use to bring an RPG to your screen matters less than how you respond to it. There isn’t much this genre of video game can’t help improve as long as you recognize its benefits and make something of them.
Distribute your time between playing your favorite title and practicing the skills you’ve earned beyond the four walls of your room. Above all, enjoy the emotional boost of discovering just how many like-minded gamers are actually out there.