If you’re already an active player of video games, then you’re probably already aware of one of the more recent developments in the gaming world, the formation of online gaming.
The game play experience of a networked game and an offline game are very different to each other. While games without network play are slowly moving away from the linear game play model, the Internet has long since abandoned it. Apart from the rare plot line quest offered by most role playing games, there is no set beginning, middle or end to the game. You are free to begin and play as you wish.
One of the most noticeable differences and benefit of online gaming is the social aspect. This has allowed game developers to change the way their games are played, as well as allowing people from all over the world make new friends in a safe environment. Many use online gaming as a way of keeping in touch with friends back home or that they have met on their travels, and enjoy the teamwork aspect that shows up in a fair number of game releases.
To keep users interested in their game that is played over an Internet connection, developers will often release more updates for it than a game that doesn’t use a network connection. In some cases, games with no ability to play online will not get any updates unless major bugs are discovered and the company cares enough about its user base to make the changes. Online games need to keep their user base strong in order to justify the costs of running the servers and hiring staff to maintain them, so will often offer such incentives to keep your attention.
Surrounding many games on the Internet is an active community. It is not unusual for players to make friends that they perceive to be equal in value to those they’ve met in other locations such as work or school, despite only ever talking to each other in the form of text on a screen. This especially benefits those who may be house bound or may have troubles making friends at work or school due to not sharing any common interests with their peers.
Gaming companies and developers will often advertise new releases to players using online gaming portals. Therefore you’re likely to find out about new games that are about to be released quicker than those who do not take part in any form of gaming in the online world. Which is good for you if you like to keep in the know.
There is also an opportunity to watch and learn from other gamers that are playing the same game as you. While some observations might only be relevant to that specific game, sometimes the things you pick up might transfer over to another and improve your overall game play experience.