Why are guys so fascinated with video games? Women enjoy media, internet and television just as much as any male. There’s a hidden appeal, however, to the virtual gaming world that’s specific to men only. Within every man there’s the desire to be a hero. He wants the opportunity to do fabulous things, to rush in and save the day, to be the knight in shining armor. That’s why little boys instinctively ‘protect you from the bad guys.’ They are Superman one day, and GI Joe the next. Men were also designed to protect their interests with brute force when needed. They find it exhilarating to smash through walls, race through corridors, and hunker down to defend their stronghold against attackers.
Video games give guys that feeling of being a hero. Within these games they accomplish great feats of strength and finesse, they protect their interests and conquer their enemies. There are other elements that appeal to men also, but beneath that, they are basking in the opportunity to feel masculine and heroic.
I’m not necessarily even condoning video games, since there are obviously ways to actually be a hero, and not just pretend. It is good, however to give that form of entertainment a little perspective. Although I can’t quite understand the enjoyment derived from being glued to a screen with little minions shooting each other, I can appreciate that men have a built in desire to protect and to be a hero.