Simply saying that online gaming has become popular is a massive understatement. Since its introduction around a decade ago, year on year it has attracted more and more people, and there are no signs of the growth slowing. It’s not just the number of gamers that has been increasing either, it’s the number of games and gaming websites too. Type ‘online games’ into Google and you’ll see that there are more than 200 million results!
So, why is online gaming becoming increasing popular? Well, you can put it down to a few things. One is better technology, another is improved graphics, and a third is increased interactability.
It seems like a lifetime ago now that Pong, Pac-Man and Frogger were the leading lights of the gaming world, but in actual fact it was just a decade or two ago. In the world of technology though, that is more than a lifetime, it’s an entirely different era! It’s not that games programmers didn’t have ideas for the types of games that we enjoy playing now, it was rather that they had no way of implementing their ideas. The coding languages that form the basis of current games simply didn’t exist in the past, and the processors in computers just not fast enough to process anything more than simple commands. Now though, technology and programming languages are at a level whereby the imagination is the only limitation, and this has shown itself in the great games that are consistently released.
In terms of graphics, as with technology (and yes the two are related), monumental steps have been made. Though you can have good games with poor graphics, it’s hard to argue against the point that graphics really add to the overall experience of gaming. Long gone are the days of watching slow, dull blotches jerk across the screen. Such graphics would not be tolerated by gamers in current times. We now expect top notch graphics that resemble movies, and that’s what we get! Whereas before non-gamers would wonder why we would spend hours watching an uninspiring screen, they’re now drawn in by the life-like graphics and want to experience them themselves.
Online games are about more than just pretty looking graphics though, they are about having fun, and to have fun a games needs to be interactive and rewarding. This is where modern online games have really proven themselves. Multi-player games that pitch you against limitless amounts of opponents from around the globe are now the standard. No more playing against yourself, or a against a poor AI computer opponent. Internet connections are now at the point where you can play almost anyone, from anywhere, at the same speed as you could do if you were playing your friend on a split screen in your front room.
So, what does the future hold for online gaming? Well, the future’s bright for sure. The points mentioned above will continue to improve and as they do so even more people will enter the world of online gaming and, as they do so, more, and bigger and better, games will be created. Sounds good, right?