Gaming is one of the most popular pastimes for males and females. Right up there with games and hobbies such as football, music, cinema, shopping and crafting, games have encapsulated a variety of audiences – male and female, young and old – across an increasing number of platforms.
Throughout the 1990s and early 21st century, gamers would spend most of their free time sitting in their bedrooms or – if they were lucky – their games rooms playing on consoles such as the PlayStation or Xbox, and in more recent times the Wii against their friends or playing the computer. Now, thanks to the developments in online gaming brought about through increased knowledge of the web, gamers can now go online for their Twosday Tuesday bingo fix, or they can play against people all over the world on the most popular role playing games.
The Internet is full of new and exciting games for people to play, allowing you to compete with and against people from across the globe. You’re no longer confined to playing in your room with the friends that have come over to play, you can now link up using headsets and live chat features 24/7, a real bonus for gamers who have busy lives.
Some games are free to play which are great for those looking to expand their gaming horizons, establishing whether or not web gaming is for them; while there are also tons of games that you can sign up or subscribe to play which are better for those who have been sold on online gaming and want to play all of the latest releases at every opportunity.
The free games are often the easiest to play and would require little or no specialist equipment, just access to a computer, the Internet, a mouse and a keyboard. As the games become more advanced, the technology required becomes more complex and you may find that you have to upgrade your system or invest in a whole new one dedicated to playing games.
Role playing games are among the most popular, where gamers take on the position of key characters and almost ‘become’ that person. In multi-player formats, gamers can take their specific characters around battlefields, deserted towns and complete a series of tasks and missions in order to finish the game, using live chat functions and microphones to talk to each other to help them through the difficult stages or to give them commands in order to complete the game unscathed.