The following article was written in sponsored partnership with Queensland Health
If you’ve played any sort of modern, open-world or shared-world game, then you’re aware of the modern survival
trend. Often this survival lean takes in digital cooking and healthy
eating amidst its many other activities, which we’ll explore in another entry. But on the healthy eating and looking after your avatar front - it’s what we all need to do in the real world to look after ourselves as well.
has teamed up with Queensland Health
to help raise awareness about a healthy
balance between gaming and healthy living. The two aren’t mutually exclusive and can help each other out. When it comes to healthy eating and being active, knowing what food and drinks to choose to benefit your wellbeing, is good for the brain and in turn is good for your game.
But don’t just take our word for it. Much of what makes survival a mechanic and sub-genre is health and stamina-related. The more fruits, veggies or exotic alien versions of our healthy Earth food you get, the better the gains are in-game. What’s also highlighted in most games with a survival mechanic is that no matter how you get food, the message is clear: you have to look after
yourself to get the most
out of yourself.
Some games have missions that revolve around buying food and ingredients for better food at, say, a general store in olden times, or at a floating fruit and vegetable stand aboard a high-tech space station. Drawing parallels to everyday life, outside of a cool cowboy hat and sweet duster, this translates to purchasing fresh fruit and vegetables, protein, grains and dairy at your local store or local market.
"It can be easy to lock yourself into a major session with a popular game, eat junk foods and never move your body out of the chair. But if you do that in-game with your avatar, his or her stamina and health wouldn’t be at its peak..."
The lessons we can take from the games we sit
and play for hours
is that our avatars couldn’t survive in-game without being physically
moved through their worlds. The irony here shouldn’t be lost on us; as much as we promote gaming -- and gaming at length -- here on AusGamers
, we’re in support of Queensland Health’s
initiatives to make sure you’re all staying active and eating healthily.
It can be easy to lock yourself into a major session with a popular game, eat junk foods and never move your body out of the chair. But if you do that in-game with your avatar, his or her stamina and health wouldn’t be at its peak -- so why do the same to yours?
Simple management of time away
from games, while also learning from
games how to better look after yourselves helps the argument that “games are good for you”, but in order for that argument to truly stick, you also need to be good
to yourself. This begins with being active, choosing healthier food and drinks and making informed decisions.
Be like your avatars, and move healthily through your world.