Online gaming is something that has only really surfaced in the past two decades, aided by Internet development, and a huge surge in hardware and software technology, it has now become one of the most popular daily pastimes for people from all walks of life. For most people, the mental image that comes to mind when talking about online gamers, is one of a geeky person, with little or no social skills, glued to their screen for hours on end. Actually the truth is, online gamers are ordinary people, and here are the most common misconceptions about online gaming.
- Online gamers have no friends
Actually, this could not be further from the truth. Online gaming involves many players, and with the ability to chat in real time, friends are easily acquired. The latest sensation, Pokémon Go encourages social interaction, and is connecting people from all parts of the world.
- Only old ladies play online bingo
This myth has all but been destroyed, as most people know someone that regularly plays online bingo. Top sites, such as Sun Bingo, offer round the clock bingo, with a range of cash prizes, and with games beginning every few minutes, it is easy and convenient to log in and play. Of course, there are elderly people who do play bingo online, but they are in a minority, with the majority being professional people of all ages and backgrounds.
- Gaming is only for the young
That may have been the case a few decades ago, but today’s gamer could be a middle-aged office worker, or a young housewife. With such a wide range of game themes and styles, there is something for everyone. Here is an interesting article that shows gaming isn’t just for kids, and documents the extraordinary success of the Grand Theft Auto franchise.
- Online gaming requires special consoles
This was true some years ago, but with smartphone development, and the ability of the game developers to provide fast, real time action, it is possible to play most online games from a smartphone or tablet.
- Online gaming is a waste of time
This is a common misconception, and providing the player exercises a level of discipline, and doesn’t play for too long, there are benefits to online gaming. For children, it can teach them about team work, and definitely improves co-ordination and reflexes. Winning helps to develop a healthy self-image, and the social interaction, even though it is in a virtual world, is part of the healthy social development every child needs.
It might take a while, but eventually people will realise that online gamers are not a special breed, just ordinary people who choose to spend their downtime playing their favourite games. The image of the anti-social computer freak is one that is far removed from the reality of the online gamer.