How Accent’s Team Stays Sharp and Connected Through Gaming

When you think of computer games, what comes to mind? For many, it’s images of teenagers hunched over controllers, battling it out in virtual worlds. But here at Accent, gaming is more than a pastime – it’s a passion that drives creativity, fosters connection, and even boosts mental health. Our team, a group of avid gamers with a rich history spanning retro classics to the latest releases, has found that gaming isn’t just a hobby; it’s a vital part of our lives and work.

In recent years, research has begun to unveil the positive impacts of gaming on mental health, far from being the brain-rotting activity it was once feared to be. Games, particularly those that require strategic thinking and problem-solving, can enhance cognitive abilities. Real-time strategy games like “Total War” or complex puzzles like those in “Portal” challenge players to think critically and make quick decisions. This mental agility translates well into the world of programming, where problem-solving and fast thinking are crucial. After a long day of coding, there’s nothing like diving into a favourite game to unwind. Immersive games provide an escape from reality, allowing players to decompress and alleviate stress. Games often present players with challenges that require perseverance. Overcoming difficult levels or defeating tough bosses can foster a sense of accomplishment and resilience. This resilience is beneficial in professional settings where persistence is key to solving complex problems.

Gaming isn’t just about solitary play. Many games, especially role-playing games (RPGs) and multiplayer online games, emphasise teamwork and communication. Our team often bonds over these shared experiences, strengthening our collaboration skills in the process. Online multiplayer games break down geographical barriers, allowing players to connect with others worldwide. This can lead to IT professionals being exposed to different perspectives and ideas.

The affinity between IT professionals and gaming is no coincidence. Many of the skills and interests that draw individuals to technology also attract them to gaming because, at its core, gaming is a celebration of technology. The same curiosity and passion for innovation that drive our developers to build cutting-edge web applications also fuel their love for gaming. Exploring new game mechanics, understanding the behind-the-scenes technology, and even tinkering with game mods are natural extensions of their professional interests. Both gaming and programming require excellent problem-solving abilities. Whether debugging code or figuring out how to defeat a tricky in-game opponent, the satisfaction of overcoming a challenge is a powerful motivator. Many games offer creative outlets, from building intricate worlds in “Minecraft” to designing complex contraptions in “Factorio.” This creativity mirrors the innovative spirit required in web development, continually pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.

At Accent, we pride ourselves on our technical expertise and innovative solutions. But behind the screens, our developers are passionate gamers who bring their enthusiasm, creativity, and problem-solving skills to everything they do. So, when asked to name their favourite five, our dev team’s gaming experiences are as diverse as they are:

  • Assassins Creed 2
  • Brutal Legend
  • Bust A Groove
  • Dark Souls 3
  • Dota 2
  • Elden Ring
  • FallOut 4
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Flight Simulator 2020
  • Full Spectrum Warrior
  • Football Manager
  • Guild Wars
  • Halo: Combat Evolved
  • Hogs of War
  • Manor Lords
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Path of Exile
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Street Fighter 2
  • Tekken Tag Tournament
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Tomb Raider
  • Uncharted 2
  • Wipeout 2097

Do you also love gaming? We’d love to learn what you all play. Get in touch with the team for some game-related chatter.

Article by Karen
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