There are upsides and downsides to the internet, sure, but there are some sectors where the impact has been almost entirely positive. In this category we can place gaming. Video games were, of course, fun and challenging and so forth before the internet became ubiquitous, but the digital era helped to really push forward the industry and gaming experience as a whole. Indeed, it made such a difference that it’s worthwhile dividing gaming into two brackets: pre-internet and post-internet. Here, we’ll run through some of the ways in which the internet made gaming better.
There have always been ways to discover new games, but the internet has made it much easier. In the olden days, there may have been a print magazine or television show that told you which new games were coming out and if they were worth your time. However, that information was limited, and in any case, you’d only be getting the opinion of one person. Today, you can speak with gamers worldwide, allowing you to easily discover which new games are worth exploring. If you find one that you’re interested in, you can quickly download the game without having to travel to your local game shop.
The internet has also made it possible for people to play games that were previously unavailable to them. Before, if you wanted to play arcade or card games, you’d have to hope that your town had an arcade or that other people were interested in cards. Today, you can simply fire up an internet-connected device and within minutes you can be playing online poker or vintage arcade games, no matter where you are.
It Can Be Social
There’s always been a social element to gaming. People would gather in each other’s homes and take turns playing games, or play a multiplayer game. While that was good, it was somewhat challenging to organize; you couldn’t always make the trip to a friend’s place and spend the night playing games. The internet allows friends, families, and strangers to play with one another even if they can’t be in the same location. If you and your friends play a game like Rust, for example, you can all just meet up in the virtual world and enjoy several hours of fun, no matter where in the real world everyone happens to be.
People that are serious about gaming want to have not only the best games but also the best equipment that allows them to perform at their highest level. The internet has made getting the equipment they want easier than ever. First, they can read multiple reviews from independent reviewers. Then, they can find the best deal on the product and then get it delivered directly to their door. That’s a level of consumer confidence that didn’t exist in the pre-internet era.
Cheats and Tips
Finally, there are the gameplay advantages of the internet. Video games have, in general, become more complex in recent years, and it’s normal for gamers to need a little bit of help from time to time. The internet allows them to get the help they need within minutes. Whatever aspect of a game you’re struggling with, you’ll find plenty of blogs, forums, and videos that will tell you exactly what you need to do to reach the next level. Plus, there are all the freely-available cheats that help to make the gaming experience more fun!
There’s a charm to the games of old, but make no mistake, the gaming experience has never been as good as it is right now, and that is largely thanks to the web!