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Online games are the best! How do you get started playing video games? There are tons of titles out there, from AAA blockbusters to indie hits. How do you decide whether or not you should try them?
What is the difference between free-to-play and pay-to-win? And how much does it cost to download a game? Let us explain.
What if I don’t like what I play online games?
You can always uninstall your game from Steam (a popular digital distribution platform for PC gamers). If you’re buying on disc, you may be able to return that copy as well. Either way, nothing will prevent you from getting another game at some point in the future.
Can I buy my own computer online ?
Sure! Many people choose to build their own gaming machine because they want something customized for themselves. Others use prebuilt machines purchased off-the-shelf with all their components already installed. Whichever path you take, it’s important to consider power requirements. The more powerful the system, the better the graphics; the higher the end price tag, too.
What’s the difference between free- to- play and pay-to- win in online games?
Free-to-Play is an easy one: It means that everything about the game is included, but players have access to only certain parts of the game. In other words, the player can experience all aspects of the game, but he/she has no choice over how much he/she pays for those experiences.
Pay-To-Win is when paid extras are attached to gameplay. For example, a loot box in which you could randomly obtain items such as weapons and armor. When you purchase this item, you gain access to a bonus feature that offers an advantage over others who did not spend money.
Online versus Offline Games
Online gaming involves multiple players interacting with each other via technology, whereas offline gaming involves two or more players interacting with each other physically. Here are some of the most common forms of offline multiplayer gaming:
- Board games: Chess, checkers, Monopoly, etc.
- Card games: Poker, blackjack, spades, solitaire, etc.
- Sports: Soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball, racquetball, table tennis, etc.
- Video games: Xbox Live, playstation Network, Nintendo Switch, Wii U, etc.
Do I need to install any software?
No, there is no installation require. Simply click Play and start enjoying your new game.
Where can I find games?
There are many ways to find out where your favorite games are available to play. You can search by genre, platform (PC, console, mobile), developer, publisher, price, release date, rating, etc., using tools found on websites like Metacritic, gamerankings, and Polygon. You can also browse through the catalogs of major platforms including Steam, Google Play, Apple App Store, and Origin.
Which games are good choices?
Choosing which games to pick up can be tricky. Free-to-play games often offer a lot of content for free and then charge extra for special features. These include cosmetic items such as skins and hats, additional characters, more maps, more hours of gameplay, and so on. Some even give away the entire game for free, just to get you hooked.
On the flip side, many companies offer “free” trials of their full game—you’ll get to try the game for free, after which you either continue playing at a reduced cost or decide you don’t really want the whole thing. Or consider simply picking up a game based on its reputation alone. There is a vast amount of information online regarding what works and what doesn’t. For instance, if you love strategy games, you might want to look into titles like Total War, XCOM 2, Stellaris, Crusader Kings II, and Civilization V.
How do I know if I’m paying for what I think I am?
This is probably the single biggest issue with free-to-play games. Many people assume they’re getting something for nothing when, in fact, it’s actually costing them real money. While you may enjoy playing these games, you also run the risk of spending more than you’d planned. If you’re looking for specific types of content, be sure to read reviews before downloading any free trial version. This will help make sure you’re getting exactly what you expected from the title, rather than being tricked into buying something you didn’t intend.
Video online games have become a global phenomenon over the last couple decades. Whether you prefer shooting zombies in Call of Duty or racing cars in Forza Motorsport 7, they have now captured everyone’s attention. And the popularity has only grown since then. In 2016 alone, the total value of the gaming industry was $135 billion.