“We all make choices in life, but in the end our choices make us.” Andrew Ryan, Bioshock

I’ve been in the military for a little over 9 years now and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come home and just needed an escape from the hustle and bustle of being a U.S. Marine and a father of five (going on six). To some gaming is just a hobby, a job, a pass time that lets them escape to a world they control. For me, I see it as a kind of therapy and PigeonCorp has helped make it a better experience.

A lot of gamers use video games with a console, a PC, or even just a handheld like the Switch or a PS Vita, to get a sense of fulfillment by completing the game as fast as possible or get all of the achievements or even just see how many times they can play through it and there isn’t anything wrong with that. If anything they are setting goals for themselves and just that little (or a lot) of self-appreciation that comes with it is enough to carry themselves through the day. Plus it’s a great way to have something to be proud of. Even if it’s just a video game.

For others, they do this as a line of work. They use services like Twitch to stream their gaming sessions to thousands of people a week and make a decent (possibly even great) living. All they did was capitalize on a hobby and there isn’t anything wrong with that, because at the end of the day, it’s something they love and everyone should have a goal to do what they love.

Some just use it to fill the day when there isn’t a lot going on. They take that time before or after school or work and just relax. I have used gaming as a pass time with my children. We would get on a system (console, PC, or both) and just fill up the day until dinner was ready or we head out on a family outing to the beach or maybe the mall. So if you find some downtime, pick up a controller or lay some fingers across a keyboard. Maybe even invite a sibling, spouse, or if you got one that’s old enough, your child and kill some time and bond.

As for those of you like me, I find it kind of relaxing and exciting to jump into a world and just live. Like I said before, I have a pretty demanding job and an even more demanding social life. That’s not to say I use gaming as a way to put off my responsibilities, but that I use gaming as a tool to help me find my zen so to speak. By diving into a game, I am allowed to be myself and do things that I don’t get to do on a daily basis. I can use gaming as a tool to take my mind off of work and just get rid of any pent up frustration from a long workday (which happens a lot more than I care to admit). It allows for some to see things from a different angle and possibly solve a personal or a work problem. It lets them experience something that may not be a normal part of their lives.

So whether you’re a gaming hobbyist, a gamer careerist, or just someone who needs an out once in a while, just remember you’re not alone. That’s one of the biggest reasons I love PigeonCorp LLC and all of the amazing people I’ve met in Parisian Pigeon. They get people like us and they embrace us. PigeonCorp doesn’t help people design amazing custom PCs for profit, they do it so you can have a hobby, or a pass time, or even a full-time job. They’re in this business to support people like the Parisian Pigeons and to help provide a service that doesn’t feel like you need to work a nine to five to afford a good computer and fantastic service.