Everybody knows about video games, and we know that you love them, even if you went through a phase without them. Since the first video arcade opened, video games have continued to grow in popularity.
Gaming consoles like the Atari 2600 were equipped to handle simple games like Combat and Pitfall. But as time has gone on, these games have evolved, and now we have more complicated, exciting games—like CS:GO and The Legend of Zelda.
Are you someone who used to love gaming? If you want to be a born-again gamer, keep reading. We’re here to get you excited about the world of online gaming. You’ll be an Xbox, PlayStation or Steam lover before you know it.
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1. Start by Thinking About Your Preferred Gaming Style Before You Choose a Platform
Think about the kinds of games that you used to enjoy. We all have a favorite genre or character, so we know you had one—or more than one.
Once you have a good idea about the type of game you might enjoy, think about whether you would prefer gaming on a PC or a gaming console. All the memories should be flooding back, but get ready, because gaming has only gotten better.
The Xbox can operate a variety of games, but it is important to know that many Xbox games are also available on a desktop computer. However, don’t be fooled because that doesn’t mean that there aren’t games that are exclusive to the Xbox! One perk of an Xbox is that many games can be played with a subscription service called the Xbox Game Pass.
There are multiple games that are only found on the PlayStation Console. For example, Shadow of the Colossus and Horizon Zero Dawn are exclusive to the device. But beyond those two titles, there are many more games you won’t find anywhere else.
Nintendo Switch Console
The Nintendo Switch is a relatively new gaming device, and Mario and his gang can be found here. Games like Luigi’s Mansion and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, are exclusive to the switch.
Plus, if you’re looking for something a little different, games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Kirby and the Forgotten Land can be found on the Switch.
2. PC Gaming on Steam and Other Online Gaming Platforms Like Epic
Essentially, Steam is an online arcade service. Also, services like Epic make gaming on your PC easy. Like Steam, you can download Epic on your computer, and you can play games like Fortnite and Robo Recall instantly.
Identify Some Games That Fit Your Gaming Style
There are a ton of different gaming styles, so choosing the kinds of games you like can help you decide what kind of console you should use. There are building games, like Roblox and Minecraft, and there are also first-person shooter games, like Halo or Destiny. These two genres are different, and you’ll want to cater your console to the kind of game you want to play.
Beyond these genres, there are fighting games like Tekken, Sports Games like Madden, and Strategic, team-based games like League of Legends. This list isn’t exhaustive, so spend a little bit of time researching the kinds of games that are out there. Something will align with the types of games that you used to love.
3. Don’t Jump Right into Online Gaming
There’s nothing worse than being screamed at over stream by a group of 12-year-old kids who think they’re the best Fortnite players in the country—well, maybe the world. If you’re easing back into gaming, it’s not the best idea to go straight into online gaming.
Let’s be honest, online gaming is incredibly competitive, and we don’t want to ruin your spirits before you even begin. Try some single player games before you enter the big leagues.
If you do find yourself playing among a group of spirited tweens, don’t let their bullying deter you. Toxic gamers are common, so try to find a new crowd if you’re being trash-talked by gamers.
4. Find a Squad or Build a Gaming Clan
A good solution to avoiding toxic gamers, is to make your own gaming clan. There’s a good chance some of your friends and family are gamers, too, and it’s always fun to play with people you know.
It’s not necessary to play with the same people all the time, but try calling up your friends and family. Ask them what kinds of games they’re interested in, and you can try to form a gaming group.
5. Learn the Lingo
It has been a while since you gamed. When you used to game, your parents didn’t understand what “joystick” meant, and they surely didn’t understand the term “power dots.” Don’t expect to know everything your first day back.
The lingo has evolved, and it’s hard to keep up. These days, you’ll have to get familiar with words like “tank” and “teabagging.” Good luck, because that’s just a fraction of what the kids are saying, these days.
6. Stick with It
You’re new here, and things have changed. If you aren’t having a good time gaming, take a break. Just because you don’t like one genre, doesn’t mean you won’t find another genre you like more.
Be flexible, and don’t force anything on yourself. Gaming is intense these days. Instead of going to the arcade and playing for fifteen minutes, today, gamers play for hours.
Don’t let gaming take over your life. It’s just a game, so don’t compromise your sleep schedule or work to win a game of Fortnite.
If it’s fun, keep gaming, and we know you’ll be a top contender with a little bit of time and practice!
Hopefully, these tips have been helpful and have inspired you to play video games again. Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments!