Do you remember your first gaming system? Mine was the NES which was quickly followed by a Game Boy and a slew of computer games including Jurassic Park and Where in the World is Carmen San Diego. Next up it was the Super Nintendo, then the PlayStation. I've been gaming since childhood, but with new technology including VR and AR gaming has taken on a resurgence of sorts.
With so many types of game out there that it can be relatively difficult for new players to decide which type to get into. There are so many genres and game playing styles available, never mind individual franchises and games.
Here’s a quick guide through the basics of some of the most popular options in the gaming world. Remember that some games incorporate multiple genres, so you can engage with different styles all at once.
Massive Multiplayer Online
Massive Multiplayer Online games are exactly what the name implies. They are played over a local area network (LAN) or the internet so that you can interact with other players in the virtual world of the game. This is great if you are social or perhaps even an introvert who wants to engage with others easily and build interpersonal skills.
You can play with people from all over the world so you can make long lasting friendships that would have been impossible in any other situation. One of the biggest names in MMO is World of Warcraft. Chances are that you’ve heard of this brand already. The game has received multiple extension packages over the years and experienced a peak of 12 million subscribers in October 2010. If these numbers aren’t enough to convince you of this game’s allure in themselves, then perhaps the impressive graphics, ongoing gameplay, and player versus player (PvP) options will you convince you of its magnificence once you try it out yourself.
Role Playing Games (RPG)
Role-playing games see the player assume the role of a character in a fictional setting. They are more often than not adventure games. They are always played in the first person, and more often than not, one player games. They generally take place in a fantasy world and characters including dwarves, goblins, wizards, fairies, and warriors are not uncommon. You generally have to make your way around these worlds, interacting with other characters, completing tasks, overcoming enemies, taking part in battles and generally strengthening your own character through experience and training. There are plenty of rewards that come with playing this kind of game. Alongside physical skills such as improved hand-eye coordination, tracking skills, and perceptual awareness, they encourage persistence, determination and patience.
You also have a sense of control that may escape you in real life situations, as you decide exactly what the character does, where they go and who they engage with during their journeys. However, rules and conditions mean that you can’t stray too far out of line and stay somewhat within the game’s set storyline. The best example of role playing game is perhaps Final Fantasy. This franchise is the world’s largest RPG and has experienced success since its original game’s release in 1987. The latest version is Final Fantasy XV, which can be found at www.finalfantasyxvapp.com. In this edition you get to be the hero of your own adventure, assuming the role of Noctis Lucis Caelum, heir to the Lucian throne and efficiently trained in all forms of combat. You will face numerous challenges to your character’s homeland in a thrilling land on the brink of chaos.
Real Time Strategy
Simulations see players take control of vehicles that exist in real life from the comfort of their playing space. These types of games aren’t often a household item but can be extremely fun, so if you fancy trying them out, you should check out simulators in your local area and inquire as to whether you can have access to them. They offer an extremely realistic and immersive setting where you can experience controlling vehicles that you may never have the chance to use in real life. Think of flight simulators: these are actually used to train potential pilots, so are as close to the real thing as it gets. Options of games included commanding a tank, car, plane or ship.
If you often find yourself flicking through newspapers and magazines in search of the crossword or sudoku sections or enjoy puzzling over riddles and other difficult questions, then chances are that puzzle games are the best option for you. Puzzle games come in all sorts of levels, from beginner to expert. There are simple games out there for children and more advanced options for adults. These are generally pure brain games, with little or no action involved. A traditional example is Tetris. This has simplistic graphics, basic colors and a similar format for each of its levels. However, it’s popularity rarely dips. Why? Because we enjoy trying to find the best way to organize the blocks, incorporating foresight and logic into a fun game.
These are just a few options. There are plenty more genres out there. So do your research and thoroughly scour the market to find a whole host of games that will keep you occupied for hours on end.
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