These days many people wouldn’t associate video games as being sociable. But, in fact, they are fast becoming the most sociable activity for friends. Gone are the days of people sitting in a darkened room alone for hours on end, with red eyes and sore thumbs. Now gaming is a bona fide social phenomenon. People get together to enjoy gaming together in the way they would with movies.
So, where has this sudden change come from? Has it been sudden, or just subtle and gradual? It’s important to think about what it is that’s made gaming such a social event now. So, here are some reasons to consider for why gaming has become the ultimate social activity.
Ever since multiplayer games arrived on the scene gaming has become a social event. A great way to have some healthy competitive banter between friends. People often enjoy game nights where they get together and play video games. Multiplayer games are much more exciting and enjoyable than single player ones. And they add the important social aspect into the mix. It’s not healthy to spend too much time in your own head. So multiplayer games are a great way to interact with others at the same time as gaming.
Online gaming has revolutionized the social aspect of playing video games. For one thing, any person should be able to find a game they enjoy online. As well as a seemingly unlimited choice of games, online gaming also offers the opportunity to play anyone. You can connect with people anywhere in the world with the internet. So, you could play games against somebody in Asia, for instance. And you can interact with other players online who are playing the same games.
Mobile gaming has become the most recent development in the gaming world. It’s been something of a game-changer too. Through smartphones, the concept of gaming has become portable. Now people can play on the move. Friends can join other friends and play on the commute to work. Because of the convenience of mobile gaming, it’s opened the industry up to a whole new fan base.
One of the biggest ways in which gaming has become a much more social activity is through social media. Almost everybody uses some kind of social media site on a daily basis. And many games began life on the likes of Facebook. These created a gaming platform where users could interact with friends while playing. Social media is perhaps THE primary social environment for many people these days. So it stands to reason that social media gaming plays an enormous role in this.
It’s clear that gaming has become much more of a social event than it used to be. Indeed, many people now meet in droves to play video games together. In many ways, it’s surpassed the social interaction of meeting to watch a movie together. And, as the gaming industry continues to evolve it seems this will continue for years to come.