Is there an element of life that has not been influenced in one way or another by the internet? The web has touched everything from how we communicate and work to how we buy groceries and travel. And this includes the gaming world, too. Indeed, it has had more of an influence on gaming than other areas, in large part because gaming was still (relatively) in its infancy by the time the internet became ubiquitous.
In this blog, we’ll run through some of the main ways in which the internet changed gaming and take a look at what the future might bring, too.
The internet didn’t just make existing games better. It also helped to develop and update other games too. Some traditional games were not suitable for pre-internet gaming systems. The rise of the web meant that gamers could play blackjack at an online casino, scrabble against friends using their smartphone, and test their chess skills against AI. Previously, all these games would require that a person has the equipment, friends to play against, or has to travel. In the digital era, they can do all of them from the comfort of their own home, right from their device.
The Social Element
Gaming has always been social. That theme runs back way beyond the emergence of personal technology. What the internet did was make it much easier for friends, family members, and strangers to game with one another. In the past, gamers would have to physically be in the same place if they wanted to play with one another. But that’s no longer the case. The internet hasn’t just made it possible to play with friends located in different cities, states, and countries. It’s made it easy. Today, you can play against pals and strangers with just a few clicks of a button and play as if they were sitting right next to you.
The internet hasn’t just been positive for gamers. It’s brought benefits to game producers, too, in various ways. For one thing, they’ve been able to conduct more in-depth research about what their target audience is looking for, which helps to boost sales. The internet has also allowed gaming companies to earn greater revenue through microtransactions. This is when players purchase small, virtual items that they can use within the game. The price is small, but altogether, it can provide a sizable income for the company, which is then able to use the profits to produce even better games moving forward.
Bug Fixes and Updates
Internet connectivity has helped to improve the gaming experience in more ways than one. In the olden days, gamers had to accept that whatever disk they had bought was the final product. If it had an obvious flaw, then, well, too bad. But that’s not the case today. Game producers can easily fix any bugs and simply ask players to update to the latest patch. They can also provide other updates, for example, in FIFA, in which teams are updated to reflect real-world transfers. This helps to make the game a more dynamic experience.
And so what might happen in the future? Global connectivity has already had a noticeable impact on gaming, and that’ll be something that continues into the coming decades. In the next few years, we will likely see web-driven technology such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and virtual reality play a more prominent role in gaming. In the further future, gaming is likely to become integrated with the metaverse. So far, the metaverse is more of a theoretical concept rather than anything concrete, but even in this stage, it’s easy to see how it’ll lend itself well to the world of gaming.