Despite what parents and the older generation will say, having a love of video games isn’t a bad thing. Online gaming has many benefits as it is a way to meet new people and occupy your time if you’re feeling stressed. Still, you have to admit that being cooped up in your room for too long is not great for your health. Ideally, you want to spend some time outdoors or away from a screen. So, here’s a selection of hobbies that will let video game lovers enjoy some in-real-life fun. Each hobby is perfect for you as it gives you the same thrill of a video game, but minus a screen!

Airsoft

Airsoft is basically like playing a first-person shooter game in real life. For lovers of the Call of Duty franchise, this is an excellent hobby to take up. Effectively, you carry an airsoft spring pistol or rifle, and you run around trying to shoot the enemy team. There are plenty of airsoft arenas or companies out there that will set up these games for you and some friends. Or, you can buy your own kit and try to set one up yourself. In essence, small pellets are fired from the guns at the other people. It is safe when you wear the right protection, but it can sting slightly. Still, it’s nothing compared to paintball, so this is a less painful option for shooter game lovers!

Exploring

Do you love open-world video games that let you explore a whole new place as much as you like? The game that springs to mind here is The Witcher 3, which lets you traverse across many open plains and fields, exploring a world and enjoying the beauty of it. Well, you can literally do this in real life by getting some hiking shoes on and going exploring. Walk across the countryside, find a local forest to explore, or go hiking up a hill/mountain with friends. It’s a great way to be active while making it feel like you’re the main protagonist in an open-world video game!

Role-Playing Board Games

One of the beauties of gaming is that you often get to play a character and enjoy all the cool attributes they have. Another joy is that you get to spend time with friends that also enjoy playing games. So, role-playing board games – like Dungeons and Dragons – are the perfect IRL hobby to get the same thrill. Here, you get to play as a character and really get into the role, but there’s also the video game element of strategizing and playing your way through a story. Plus, you have friends with you to enjoy the fun; it’s basically a video game, just you aren’t staring at a screen and damaging your eyes!

To reiterate, there’s nothing wrong with playing video games! It’s just that you should take breaks now and then to give your eyes a rest, and to be a bit more active and sociable. So, these three hobbies are the perfect place to start as they give you things to do while still retaining some video game elements.