It’s a dangerous world out there. You don’t want to just buy ANY game — you never know what can happen. Especially if you buy those mass-produced, find-in-any-store games.
You know what they say about passing around the same games as everyone else. You might catch something.
So what should you do if you’re a self-respecting gamer and want to protect your health — and even your life? Simple — buy indie games instead!
When you choose indie games, not only will you protect yourself from the… stuff… you get from playing the same games as everyone else, you’ll safeguard yourself from other major health issues, from starvation to zombie brain.
Let’s take a look at how you can save your life by buying indie!
Don’t Starve to Death
If you grab a game like Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, you’ll have 98 hours until the credits — and 459 hours before you complete everything. If you go all the way, you’ll be long dead of starvation since you can only live about 7 days (168 hours) without food and water.
Fortunately, if you buy indie titles, you can have a great time and still remember to eat. Why? These games are shorter (but plenty long enough to have a great time!), which means that not only do you avoid starvation, but you can also play more games and have more fun.
So skip starvation and grab an indie game. Finish it, grab some food and water, and then dive into your next game. It’s perfect!
Please note this benefit doesn’t apply to indie favorite Persona 5 Royal, which has a storyline of 101 hours. You might want to set an alarm.
Avoid a Fiery Car Crash
How do you get your video games? Probably by getting in your car, driving to your favorite video game store, and plunking down a considerable amount of money for the latest AAA game.
Have you ever thought about all the risks to life and limb in that process? Even assuming you’re an excellent driver (of course you are), there are so many drivers out there that aren’t. The number of times someone cuts you off, tries to merge into you, or misses a stop sign because they’re distracted looking at their new tech means that every time you get in the car, you risk your life.
BUT if you buy indie games, which are generally digital copy only (or at least have a digital copy available), you don’t have to do any of that. Instead, you can stay safe and cozy in your own home, get your new game with a click, and start having fun right away.
Gas is too expensive anyway.
Avoid Zombie Brain
Zombie brain happens when you see the same low-quality stimulus over and over (you know, like most mass-produced games.) One of the best ways to avoid zombie brain is by enjoying high-quality art — the kind found in excellent indie games.
Being engaged with good art is a powerful way to improve your mental health and even create a sense of community with others. Given how isolated we often are, bonding over a favorite indie game and the beautiful graphics in it is a tremendous benefit.
Protecting your brain by enjoying high-quality art and storylines from indie games helps you feel better and allows you to spend less money on medical interventions for mental health. That means you can spend more money on what you already love — games.
The price of practically everything is skyrocketing, so if you want to stay rolling in AAA games you’ll need some serious finances. Because AAA games have the biggest budgets, they also have the highest prices. Expect to pay $70 or more for each new big-name title.
On the other hand, indie games are far less expensive but just as fun. That allows you to save money for more games or, you know, food. The way food prices have been going up is crazy, and a lot of it is related to how much it costs to transport food to your local store.
Like we said, gas is too expensive.
Indie Games are Incredible Investments of Time and Money
In all seriousness, though, indie games have a significantly different impact than their larger brothers. They are passion projects that are able to take bigger risks than big-money AAA titles. You’ll get games and storylines that are innovative and push the boundaries of both content and technology.
Plus, you don’t have to pay $80 only to be disappointed by the latest high-budget offering.
Yes, it’s fun to get a big-name game and talk about it with all of your friends. But it’s even more fun to find an imaginative, high-quality indie game and tell all your friends about it so they can snag it themselves.
And best of all, you won’t die!