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A Beginner’s Guide To Gaming

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Posted June 17, 2016 by Felisha "Nightingale" Silva in Editorials

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For someone new to video games, the gaming landscape can be a confusing space. Newbies are vaguely aware that the games exist. We see adverts and our younger relatives talk about games consoles and new releases. Over the last few years, something that used to be considered niche has become more mainstream. In fact, it’s a billion dollar industry, and growing. Even Bafta has awards that are dedicated to gaming.

If you’re considering dipping your toe in the waters, but you’re not sure where to start, follow these tips.

Stereotypes

The popular stereotype of a gamer is a nerdy teenage boy playing games in his bedroom alone. This is far from reality. Gamers are boys, girls, men, and women of all backgrounds and lifestyles. Games are no longer something that you do alone, though this is still an option. They are interactive and inclusive, and whole social systems have built up around them. And there are numerous events dedicated to this industry. So, forget the stereotypes and open your mind.

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Equipment

If you have a smartphone or tablet, then you’re good to go. Ensure it is updated with the latest operating system. Some phones are better than others for games, but that’s an article in itself.

Consoles are another option, and there are lots of different types on the market. Read some reviews about which might suit you. But if you’re serious about gaming and want the best experience, you will need a Gaming PC. They differ from regular PCs in that they are designed specifically for games. There are many technical advantages of buying a gaming PC. For example, they have faster download times and superior graphics cards.

Where To Find Games

If you’re starting with a smartphone, you can buy games directly from your phone. For example, through App Store, Google Play, or Windows Stores. If you’re playing on your PC, then you should check out Steam. You can search, purchase, and download games direct to your PC. This service includes all the latest releases and stocks a range of smaller, indie titles too. It will also recommend games based on your previous purchases. You can also connect with friends via the site.

If you have a games console, then you can purchase games from stores like Amazon, HMV, and Game, etc.

Which Games?

This is a tricky question as there are so many games out there. And of course, they are expanding all the time. Depending whether you’re using a phone, console, or PC, browse the shops to find games to suit you. If you’re a stalwart Game of Thrones fan, there are games for that. If you’re a book lover, then there are countless games based on the characters and worlds created by authors. If you’re looking to join the scene to socialize, then look at something like World of Warcraft. Several million people play this game all over the world. It is easy to pick up and is well supported if you get stuck.

Don’t be overwhelmed by the vast choice of consoles, games, and terminology. Read some articles and browse reviews. If you know any gamers, then ask them their opinion. But the best advice is to get stuck in and give it a go. You’ll find that it opens up a whole new world and social circle.


About the Author

Felisha "Nightingale" Silva

Salutations! I'm Nightingale, also known to the internet world as 'Geek Mom of Awesomness'! I'm an avid gamer, artist, anime enthusiast, cosplayer, & blogger! I'm a huge Nintendo fan, & a Legend of Zelda fanatic. Growing up, while average little girls were busy playing with Barbies, I was busy mastering the Legend of Zelda, & battling Mother Brain on Super Metroid... I live for my family, my video games, and my art! Hey, wanna game with me? Here are my gamertags, feel free to add me! PS3: Myojin_of_Souls Xbox 360: xXSadisticaXx Wii U: SkywardPrincess

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