The world of video games has slowly but surely risen up the ranks in terms of quality and public perception. It has gone from being just a little bit of fun to kill time to being a huge money-maker and a genuine potential career opportunity. Due to the rise, there are thousands of jobs that have been created in this billion-dollar industry, and the competitive aspect has become like a major sports league.
Pretty much everyone has played a video game by now – even those who aren’t a fan at all have given some a go at one time or another. If you’re fairly new to it all or are entirely in the dark about games but are heavily interested, you might not know exactly how to get going. Fortunately, there are a bunch of things you can do to get the wheels moving. Let’s look at some.
1. Watch Videos
With the likes of Youtube and many other video sharing services, there are millions of full-length videos and small snippets available for anyone to see. Because of the rise in quality, there are video games out there like Red Dead Redemption 2 that are like Oscar-winning movies or multiple award-winning TV shows – checking the trailers out and seeing the gameplay for your own eyes can really make you want to dive right in yourself. There are also plenty of content creators on Twitch and YouTube who make a living from entertaining viewers.
Like we mentioned before, the professionals are very, very good at certain games. It’s not just a few hours of mashing buttons and laughing anymore. A lot of games involve genuine abilities like speed and timing as well as having a tactical nous. Esports have become huge over the past five years or so, too the point where they’re being televised on national TV. They are intriguing and entertaining, and you can pick up a lot from it all.
3. Keep Up With The News
The fast-paced industry is forever unveiling new things and bringing out exciting new stuff. There is also lots of gossip regarding potential upcoming announcements. Big gaming fans like to keep abreast of all of the talk. Again, there are plenty of YouTubers out there who discuss all of this and provide their experienced input – you could listen along to their videos or podcasts.
4. Pick Something You’ll Like
There are a lot of different types of consoles and different genres of games – similarly to the movie industry. If you’re into action, then you’ll probably be more attracted to the shooter games. If you’re into puzzles, then you might enjoy something like Portal. You could browse the web and try to find the right console deals for you. First impressions are important, and if the first game you play is something that you’ll hate, then it may have an everlasting effect.
5. Play With Friends
Finally, like a lot of things, you can get together with your friends and make an evening of it. The chances are that your friend has played games in the past so you could learn a thing or two from him/her.
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