The Power Of Online Gaming To Change Lives
On the spring time of 2013, the family Roberts moved into Anniston. It has been their wish to move to the South to live closer to their veteran parents and for other good reasons. They lived in a small apartment where there’s no yard for the five children to play, there’s three bedrooms and one bathroom to share. Though the father got a job in an electronics sales shop, it was hard to make ends meet for the family. Though, they were well-adjusted to the new place and to its people, they were coping with their own financial struggles.
While the father was busy working, the mother was challenged everyday in dealing with his 18-year old son’s addiction with online gaming. Koby had been passionate about this hobby for seven years. He would spend 8 hours a day playing with his favorite interactive online game and sleep very late at night. There were many times when her mother got furious seeing his terrible grades in school. He had stopped doing his home works and had lost entirely his focus in studies. Until, he just decided to quit school and made online gaming as his full time career. It caused too much disappointment to his parents. But, little did they know that it would be their son’s hobby that will help make a big change in their lives.
Koby became a professional player and started competing, and winning, in tournaments. He was earning a salary that paid the family’s apartment rent, food, clothes and siblings’ school expenses. He already had a huge amount of money in the bank he got from playing in big gaming tournaments. He knew very well how hard it was for a big family to live in a small space apartment. A more spacious home for his family was all he wanted. A house they can call their own.
He was able to find a nice house on sale with the right price through the help of a real estate agent in Anniston named Joey Crews. The house had a large covered front porch and a wide private fenced yard. He knew it would be a perfect house for his family. He did not inform his parents about his plans of buying a house but he made it clear to the agent that he wants the title and ownership of the house to be in his parent’s names. His gaming career has provided a comfortable life for his family until now.
We hear common stories like this nowadays. Stories of people who have achieved the balance pursuing a career out of something they enjoy and remaining to be viable. These are testimonies of how the advances of technology have brought changes in our society. Sometimes we are caught up with our own irrational thinking that these kids should get to school and get a diploma instead of wasting hours in those online games. But gaming has evolved, and so has the world. It takes an open mind to understand that the countless hours spent in playing online games has made them who they are and made them live out their passion.