The video game industry has been around for quite some time now. And it is showing no signs of slowing down and is still consistently gaining traction. In recent statistics research done by Statista, it stated that there are approximately 2.6 billion video game users all over the world and it is expected to increase in number by 2021
For many years, game developing companies have developed several different types of video games in order to penetrate the preferences of different gamers, from role-playing games, first-person shooting games to multiplayer online battle arena games (MOBA). With so many features and attractive elements that these video games have to offer, it is no doubt that online gaming truly dominates almost half of the world’s population.
Gamers have different preferences in terms of game genre. But this does not stop gamers from switching between one game genre to another. People who are new to the online gaming world or accustomed to the story-mode type of games usually just branch out into something more immersive, interactive, social, and more competitive sphere of gaming. Either way, it is still important to start online gaming with a firm grasp on what online gaming has to offer. And in order to help people understand the online gaming world, this article was written and provides a quick beginner’s guide to online gaming.
STEP 1: CHOOSE THE RIGHT GAME
The online gaming world is ever-changing. Game developers introduce new games every year as well as new patches and updates for existing games. With that in mind, it is important to know what’s out there before choosing the right game.
As mentioned, there are different types of games to choose from in the online gaming world. And it is important to start with games that the person is familiar with. This can be relatively simple as some online games have the same nature of offline games.
Take Half-Life and Counter-Strike: Global Offense (CS: GO) for example are both first-person shooting games (FPS) with the same nature of controls and gameplay.
Starting off with a game that a person is familiar with can help them easily adjust to the online gaming ecosystem and different player behaviors. Doing so will also gear them up to jump out of their comfort zones to try new game genres.
STEP 2: BE COMPETITIVE OR NOT
The online gaming world is not for mere recreational and social purposes.
It has a large variety of features to offer. One of these features is the competitive nature of video games that are played internationally. This is also known as eSports.
Although there is some debate on whether to categorize this as a sport as there is no physical movements involved, eSports is becoming one of the big dogs.
ESports often involve hundreds of players who compete against each other as well as spectators to watch and place their bets.
Now, the pressing question is, should an online gamer do competitive games?
This is the question that players should ask themselves. Competitive gaming can be exciting and rewarding as there is money involved, especially for the winners. But keep in mind that before dipping one’s hand into the games, this route is not for everyone.
People can always stick with more casual forms of competitive gaming. It is still best to choose the game that suits the person best.
STEP 3: TRAIN HARDER!
The online gaming sphere is comprised of different people with different skill levels. Not all people are novices and not all people are pros. But it is important to note that practice makes perfect.
Practicing does not only means focusing on improving a person’s proficiency in a particular game, but it is also important to practice how to socialize with and adjust their attitudes toward other players. A player with a negative attitude will never be a good player in the eyes of other people, even if they are really good at what they are doing.
Also, there are certain ways to increase a person’s knowledge about a particular game by watching live streams through gamer social sites such as Twitch, Raptr, Reddit, Discord, and many others.
The online gaming ecosystem is the place where people with the same preferences in gaming hang out. This is the place to find the pros in the gaming industries as well as an opportunity to improve your skills in order to be one of the experts. However, even how exciting it is to enter, it is still important to know the fundamental factors and details of online gaming – choosing the right game for you, exiting your comfort zone as well as training harder to keep pace. Although this may take a significant amount of time and effort, it really pays off in the long run.
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