The Value of Someone Who Games

By blogging about role-playing games and lessons such as leadership and teamwork, I hope people will want to learn more about how gaming can add value and fun to their work and personal lives.  Perhaps you are a seasoned gaming veteran looking to share your valuable experiences with others.  On the other hand, maybe you have always been curious about role-playing games.

Oath of the Horatii, Jacques-Louis David, 1796
Oath of the Horatii, Jacques-Louis David, 1796

Sure, there are stereotypes out there about playing games like Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), but you would be surprised to know who loves it.  Celebrities include Stephen Colbert (comedian), Anderson Cooper (journalist), Mike Myers (actor), Kevin Smith (filmmaker), Stephen King (author), and Elon Musk (CEO of SpaceX).  Some female players include Judi Dench, Felicia Day, and Sasha Grey (actresses).  (Side note: I often wonder if more women play D&D but are not vocal about it as men, but that is for another post!) There are many articles online showcasing the successful people who play and their reasons why.

“…Vin Diesel…called it “a training ground for our imagination and an opportunity to explore our own identities”. – Mitch Ziems, The 8 Percent, Dungeons & Dragon (& Entrepreneurs)

Maybe you have been, or will be, pestered or even mocked for discussing it – let alone playing.  Do not let that stop you.  I have heard everything from “that’s for “neckbeards” and “incels”” (me: horrible to even talk about people like that) to “women should not be allowed to game” (me: stunned silence coupled with increasing internal rage).  Moreover, perhaps you still hear the remnant whispers of the Satanic Panic of the 1980s: “At various times, Dungeons & Dragons and other tabletop role-playing games have been accused of promoting such practices as Satanism, witchcraft, suicide, pornography and murder.  In the 1980s and later, some groups, especially fundamentalist Christian groups, accused the games of encouraging interest in sorcery and the veneration of demons.” – Wikipedia

None of that is true.  It is a game.  An entertaining and engaging game inspires people to work together, problem-solve, and grow.  All people can benefit from gaming and all gamers, from newbies to veterans, are valuable as teammates and leaders.

Symantec’s chief operating officer, Stephen Gillett, has an impressive resume that includes executive stints at Starbucks, CNET and Best Buy. He’s also a level 70 paladin and priest with a particular focus on healing abilities. – Jose Pagliery, CNN Business, Why I put World of Warcraft on my resume

Let’s open a dialogue!  Please feel free to comment below about your related experiences.  I encourage you to share your value with others!

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