The debate regarding the value of video games never ends. As titles of different genres keep coming out, the non-gaming community questions what the fuss is all about. Especially when movies like Ready Player One (2018) join the conversation, and pose scary scenarios of virtual worlds taking over our everyday lives. So, now and then, it is handy to remember that not all video games are the same and that there are many benefits to spending time in your favorite digital landscape. Even the simplest titles in existence can have much to offer in terms of mental, physical, and social wellbeing. Players and developers alike are aware of this, which inspires the latter to keep innovating in gaming technology.
Just like books and cinema, video games offer an escape, as casual or engaging as necessary. You can switch off from your daily routine and stimulate your brain with fun activities. Studies have even tested the perks of gaming. One, conducted by Professor Anna Cox at the University of Bath, found that a Tetris-like mobile game could recharge people’s batteries better than a fidget spinner. According to the details compiled on Telegraph Star, the results came from 45 participants, half of which used the game, and the other half played after a 15-minute maths test, and then after normal work for five consecutive days.
Smartphones are outshining other mediums as users’ favorite gaming devices. The mobile and video game industries pay attention to this pattern too, constantly producing consumer experiences of a higher, more rewarding standard. While puzzles are a great option, a good historical strategy title like Total War: Three Kingdoms could be all you need to put your struggles aside for a while. Distract yourself by carefully planning empires and campaigns. Even a battle royale environment can reduce stress levels. Call of Duty: Warzone, for example, is the perfect place to let off some steam, and to test your reflexes and tactics. The teamwork often involved in such games also boosts immersion into their virtual worlds, not to mention players’ social needs.
Some of the sector’s most impressive innovations of the last few years revolve around the relationship between players and games, but their peers too. One priority has been to improve digital experiences through better mechanics and engaging features. VR, AR, and live streaming come to mind, creating more and more realistic gameplay. Different types of entertainment are making use of these technologies, especially to give users better social opportunities. For example, brands like Asiabet explore new levels of interactive gaming with live streaming services that bring players and providers closer together. Even better examples of services taking off thanks to this particular technology are YouTube and Twitch, which allow pro gamers to invite fans into their own experiences of almost every title on the market.
Learning and chatting about the video game industry’s exciting products is another fun way to take a break from a stressful day. But VR tech is transforming social gaming further by upgrading the performance of its gear and bringing new multiplayer options to the table. If you know and love the Settlers of Catan boardgame, you will be delighted to know that a VR version exists since 2018. The impressive graphics and smooth interactive gameplay show just how far the technology has come. And the fun does not end there; you and your friends can command your own Starfleet ship with Star Trek: Bridge Crew.
Digital games can reduce stress, while offering entertainment, communication, mental, and even physical practice. All these together create more than satisfying activities that only get better with each enhancing step their technologies take.