Back in the ‘90s gaming was exclusively limited to consoles and PCs, and this was fine. People got what they needed from it, and there seemed no need to ever change such a successful formula. There were always 2 superpowers battling for console supremacy – Sega and Nintendo, Nintendo and Sony, Microsoft and Sony. PC gaming was always coming in behind but certainly had a definitive audience.
Then in the ‘00s, something changed. The console wars continued to rage, but something else was brewing as well, the internet. The internet has had the single biggest influence on the gaming industry since video games became popular. The revolution is upon us, and it looks like it’s here to stay. Let’s look at some of the things that might have led to the surge in popularity of online gaming.
One of the biggest appeals of internet gaming is the sheer amount of choice available. There are countless different types of games, across multiple genres, and this is hugely appealing. Customers like to have choice, and regular gaming, while still popular, cannot offer the sheer volume of choice that online gaming can. This is why so many people have embraced online gaming so quickly. The selection available online means that anyone anywhere can access whatever games they want to – there is so much choice you will never be short of options.
The Rise of Smartphones
Smartphones are another of the key reasons behind the rise in popularity of online gaming. As you can see from visiting sites like Devs Journal, smartphones play a big role in all our lives these days. They are like an extension of ourselves, and they travel everywhere with us. And so it is that smartphone gaming has become hugely popular and widespread. People like the idea of being able to enjoy remote gaming while on the move, or in the office. It has opened up an entirely new audience to the world of gaming, and this is hugely important. Indie game developers got the chance to become more creative and grow tremendously thanks to the rise of the smartphones. A good example is game developer Rovio, maker of the Angry Birds series and movie.
Another of the great reasons why online gaming has exploded over the past decade is because it is free. Sure, there are games that you will need to pay for, but there are millions and millions of online games that don’t cost a thing. People are trying to make their money stretch further these days, but they also want the fun of gaming as well. And the great thing about gaming online is that there are no costs involved, so people can play as many games as they like without having to pay a lot of money for the privilege. What’s more, console companies have grown wise to this, and have provided online gaming options for reduced rates to players.
The online gaming revolution became a movement and is now something ingrained in our society. It seems unlikely we will ever get to a stage where online gaming is not a hugely popular pastime, although the VGVIDS team hopes game developers will continue to understand the value of well thought out single player games.
It is clear that there are so many benefits attached to online gaming, and these are just a few of the reasons why it has become as crazy popular as it has.