I’m Jamaican. Lived their my entire life, rarely left the country. I wouldn’t go as far to call video games a luxury but very few people stay on the cutting edge. In other words, lots of PS2s. One of the problems is that unused video games never depreciate significantly. For example, the original modern warfare for Xbox 360 costs around $50 USD as of 2016. It’s wild. Importing is also a hassle. We pay crazy customs on electronics so buying a console for a cheaper price off Amazon is not an actual option. You have to wait for a relative or someone to actually travel with it on the plane and hand it to you, face to face.
But, video games have an interesting use for a set of our population. Parents get hand me downs and old consoles to keep their kids off the streets. Gaming is a tool employed by some parents to keep their kids off the streets. In urban, dense communities, the streets are the pulse of the community. Football (soccer) games, dances, cook outs but also murder, robbery and crime.
So, in your life time, whether second hand or otherwise, what are some of the non-entertainment uses of gaming that you’ve experienced?