Hello. I'm an 11 year old unschooler, and I'm a huge gamer.
I hear a lot of people a lot of the time saying that video gaming makes your brain rot. I've heard from people that while video gaming, you don't learn anything or use your imagination. All you do is sit there, pressing buttons, moving your mouse or analog sticks and basically doing nothing else. But that's where they're wrong.
Take a game like Portal 2 for an example. I just recently bought Portal 2 for our computer, and I love it. When you hear the word 'Puzzle' you think about something that exercises your brain. Portal 2 is just that. You have a portal gun, and you use the portal shot out of it to make your way to the exit. Now I know, it sounds simple, you put a portal in front of you and a portal at the exit. No. There are certain places that you can place portals, there's buttons to be pressed, there's lasers to be redirected, there's catapults that launch you across large gaps, there's bridges of pure light, there's momentum needed, there's turrets, there's a heck of a lot of thought and effort involved to getting past each and every level, and the goal is to figure out how.
Now, do you really think that you could beat that game without using your brain or imagination? This game takes a lot of thought. It's an amazing puzzle game.
Let's get to my everlasting love of Minecraft. This game is the single best game I have ever played in my entire life. Yes, better than ANYTHING else I've EVER played. This game is never ending. It can be a sandbox game, it can be a survival type game, or you can play custom maps. I will never grow tired of this game. Exercise your brain? Heck yes. When you're down In a cave, cornered by Zombies or Skeletons or Creepers, and you have no sword, (And this happens a lot... Trust me.) you need to think. You need to think harder and faster than you've ever thought before. Do you make a run for it? Do you dig a hole in the wall and make a sword to fight? Do you surrender? It's that one moment of complete brainstorming that makes this game so much fun, and also great for your brain. And this is survival mode. Want imagination too? Try creative mode. Infinite everything. You could build a scale model of the Eiffel Tower or create a massive statue of yourself, make pixel art, or absolutely ANYTHING you can imagine up. I have a server that my friends and I play on, we have mansions and statues, secret rooms and piston masterpieces, cactus farms, mob traps, lava pits, roller coasters, and an amusement park.
Basically, my point here is; To everyone who says gaming rots your brain, and is horrible for imagination and all that crap, you're so wrong.
Paxton, the unshooled gamer.