You might be wondering what this is going to be about. How are video games “alternative medicine”?
Before we go any further, I would like to make it clear (if it is not obvious yet), that I am not referring to an actual, “medicine.” In this case, the medicinal value of video games is in its ability to give someone the chance to either learn how to focus, or learn how to forget about certain emotional breaks and use video games as a coping mechanism.
This treatment can be pretty much associated with how people accept the idea of slimming drinks as a form of alternative medicine. Not a lot of people would actually accept it and understand it, but it does work for some people. This is especially true these days, when slimming pills are no longer just about losing weight, but are also determined to serve as antioxidants and health drinks.
Hence, while the drinkers of the product are assured that the slimming drink burns only excess fat and nothing more, the antioxidants in the drink can also provide the body with additional help in the elimination of unwanted and unhealthy elements that somehow managed to enter the body, maybe through the food that was eaten or the level of stress the body has undergone. As a result, radiating and youthful glow is seen in the skin of the drinkers. They also feel energized and their body is able to endure tedious tasks without experiencing fatigue.
This same effect can be achieved if one has an open mind about video games and see the idea of how such games can help someone recuperate from something emotionally stressful.
There is no absolute Science into this claim. It is merely based on the experience that I had, when a friend used video gaming as means to cope with depression.
He was very depressed about his life and for losing someone he really loves. He was so devastated that he almost committed suicide. However, he was introduced to arcade gaming, and somehow, the purpose of the game has given him the courage to live another day. He found satisfaction and happiness in the little accomplishments he gets from playing the game. Since then, playing video games has been his way of releasing the negativity in his life.
His family supported this “method” of healing and even made sure that their Internet connection was in superb condition, so as not to disrupt his gaming experiences. They hired AT&T and the company gave them a hosted PBX that assured the family that his gaming will be accessible even in other areas of their home and even when my friend was in his family’s business office.
He is in recovery and he is showing great progress, thanks to an “alternative medicine” that could or could not work on people. One just needs to have an open mind in order to not shrug off ideas such as this.