Emotions in Video Games

Video games can invoke a wide range of emotions.

Playing video games is one of the best ways to pass the time and de-stress after a long day. Whether you’re playing a high-pressure multiplayer game or just relaxing with an open-world RPG, there’s a game for everyone out there to enjoy. Whether you realize it or not, video games can invoke a lot of emotions for the people playing them. They can also add an element of immersiveness to the experience. Positive or not, playing video games is an emotional experience. Let’s look at some of the different feelings they can evoke.


One of the most common emotions felt when playing video games has got to be excitement. There is excitement in booting up a new game you’ve been dying to play. Similarly, this same excitement can come when you revisit one of your favorite video games. There is a huge feeling of joy whenever you complete a level or beat your previous high score. Games such as Call of Duty are high-pressure games with a time limit, which adds to the excitement and thrill of completing the mission with as high a score as possible, and that excitement can carry through for the rest of the day.


With the highs comes the lows, and gamer rage is a very real thing. Getting so far through a mission only to be ‘killed’, or falling short at the very last second, can evoke a feeling of such anger and rage that makes you want to scream and throw things. Getting beaten at your own game can lead to an understandable feeling of frustration and rage, but if you find that you get irrationally angry for long periods of time when gaming, it’s important to learn how to rein it in and not let it ruin your day.

Video Game Emotions


There’s a reason that horror movies and horror games are so popular. People love the adrenaline rush of fear. Therefore, they love immersion in scary experiences. Some of these scares can be an unexpected jump scare or slow build up of terror. Some games are centered entirely around scaring their players, and the psychology behind horror games is essentially to provide players with a safe way to experience a terrifying scenario and deal with the scary stuff themselves. There’s a second emotion that comes with horror games. This is the relief players feel after successfully making their way through a scary chapter alive and basking in the after-horror glow.


Many people play video games for relaxation purposes. This is why it is one of the most popular recreational activities one can do today. Getting home after a long and stressful day and booting up your console can be the perfect way to unwind and allow your troubles to disappear. It has been proven that video games are a very effective stress-reliever, and studies have shown that people who play video games are much more adept at managing stress and have a lower chance of getting depressed or angry when dealing with difficult tasks.

Playing video games can be a very emotive experience and for good reason: they’re fun! If a game didn’t make you feel anything towards it, then it simply wouldn’t be worth playing. Now that you’re aware of the different kinds of emotions video games can inspire, take note next time you play and see how it makes you feel.