When I was growing up, I played a few video games, but I played them by myself. My friends weren’t interested in them or they consisted of, like, Mario Kart once in junior year of high school. So, while I enjoyed games, I didn’t have that extra layer of ‘this is awesome that I can play this with my friends.’
About a year and a half ago I started spending a lot more time with my cousin, who’s out of college. He introduced me to a lot of games, and I could finally play co-op games (beyond Civilization IV with my parents, which I’m just remembering was a thing that happened a lot a few years before that). So I became more interested in games after that, because I had someone who could play /with/ me and show me which games were good, and how to even begin.
Here at college, I suddenly had a whole lot of new friends who loved video games, and I was basically like ‘this is amazing.’ About two weeks ago I bought Minecraft, and we’ve all been playing on a group server a lot ever since. I started my own single-player world too, and I really love the game, but I honestly don’t think I would have even thought to get it originally if I didn’t have friends who wanted to play it together. And it’s a really cool experience, and something I think I missed out on growing up, whether with Minecraft or any other game.
Playing a video game with other people just makes everything better. You can plan out your Minecraft world together, stupid stuff immediately becomes twenty times funnier, and you can laugh while you put a block of lava on the top of a really tall tower to watch the chaos and wait to see when they figure it out. …This may have been a bad idea, as my own room was summarily flooded. Anyway, the point is, gaming can be a really cool bonding experience, and I’m glad I have friends here to show me that.