Gaming is no longer a niche activity or dark hobby. It’s a fully-fledged phenomenon on a global scale. With huge gaming tournaments taking place in arenas with tens of thousands of fans, this is a big cultural shift. Whether it’s apps, consoles or PCs, players are coming together all over the planet to compete. If you’re intrigued by this world, or just want to find a cool game to keep you busy, we’re here to help. It can be a confusing and intimidating world to infiltrate, but we’ll show you where to start.
Choose your weapon of choice
And, by weapon, we mean controller! It’s not always easy to know where to start. The gaming community will always tell you different things, and it’s up to you to find your favourite. Some gaming purists will tell you that PC and online gaming is the best format. Others prefer consoles while casual gamers will find much more fun on their iPhone or tablet. We’ll go into a bit more detail for each and help you decide.
No matter what platform you’re looking to play on, it’s always worth exploring the classics. They give you a sense of video game history, and they hold a very precious gaming experience. Of course, they don’t have the flashy, realistic graphics of modern gaming. But, they do have a certain quality that will help you fall in love with games. Nintendo classics like Legend of Zelda will allow you see where role-playing and adventure games really came from. If you’re into first person shooters, revisit the likes of Goldeneye and Perfect Dark.
If you’re looking for a more casual gaming experience, apps are probably your best entry point. They’re cheap and easy to use. They’re addictive too, and you’ll soon be hooked! Mobile gaming has become one of the biggest industries in the world, and there are some amazing titles out there. The biggest of them all is Minecraft which has become the best-selling game of all time. You can now play a multiplayer version using Minecraft servers too. We also suggest downloading Monument Valley, a stunning, artistic puzzle app.
Pure gaming and PCs
If you’re reading this thinking our suggestions aren’t real gaming, then you’re probably looking for the PC community. PC gamers are a league of dedicated online players who immerse themselves in fantastical worlds. Expansive role playing and battle games like World of Warcraft and League of Legends typify this community. WoW is a good place to start as the learning curve is nice and gentle, plus there are plenty of resources to start learning.
Of course, no beginner’s guide would be complete without the consoles! The modern choice is between XBox One and the Playstation 4. Both are very similar, highly capable and perfect for beginners. You might also consider one of the older consoles like the Nintendo 64 or SNES. These are both part of gaming history, and you’ll get a chance to enjoy the classics.
Welcome to the incredible world of gaming! You’re going to love it.