The Nerd Side Of Life

A Quick Guide to Improving Your Online Gaming Skills

Online gaming has become more and more mainstream in recent years. Gaming is no longer considered a niche activity limited to techy introverts that most people would dub as “nerds.” 

Today, we have famous gaming influencers, streamers, and e-sports competitors that promote gaming into the public consciousness as a viable hobby, skill, and even source of income.

With new games and newer consoles coming out each year, there is no wonder that global online gaming revenues have reached $18 billion in 2020 and are expected to be worth $19 billion by 2025.

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Playing online games could be a lot of fun. It relieves stress, helps improve specific skills, and it’s a great way to meet new people. If you’re relatively unfamiliar with online gaming or want to improve your skills, here’s why and how you should.

Why Play Online Games?

Playing online games is fun, especially if you’ve found the perfect game that fits your interests. However, did you know they can also be good for you?

Relieves Stress

Ask any gamer you know, and many will attest that gaming could be a relaxing and enjoyable activity. It’s a common pastime for people of all ages, likely because of how it makes people feel.

One study sought to compare stress levels in players who played competitive vs. cooperative games, and both groups were observed to have declining stress levels over time.

Another study involving 1,614 participants found that playing games could be a significant part of stress recovery. Many of the participants used video games as a tool to help them cope with stressful situations. 

Improves Certain Skills

There are various online games, so it can be difficult to name all the different game categories. However, this variety allows players to develop a wide range of skills they could apply to real-life situations.

Some examples of skills you could develop while playing online games are:

  • Problem-solving
  • Strategy
  • Patience and persistence
  • Concentration
  • Critical thinking

Helps People Socialize

Online gaming gives people an avenue for social interaction, no matter the kind of game played.

Of course, some games are better suited for socialization than others. Because of their nature, multiplayer games are better at bringing people together. Gamers have to communicate with their teammates and even opponents to help them perform better.

However, even solitary games could also open up opportunities for interaction. People might have to play some games alone, but there is almost always a community surrounding every game that anyone can join.

How to Improve Your Online Gaming Skills

Gaming is a fun activity even without involving any competition. However, there will come the point for most gamers where they want to improve their skills and do better at their game of choice. Below are some pointers to help you improve as a gamer.

Choose a Game That Interests You

To have an easier time improving on a game, you need to be interested in it. You will need to spend a lot of time playing this game, so it would be easier or more fun to play something you like than something you don’t.

Some games could be challenging, so there needs to be something that makes you want to play a particular game even when you get to its more complex parts.

Do Your Research

No matter what online game you are playing, there will always be someone who understands it better than you do. Take advantage of the internet’s wealth of information to help you get better at particular games.

Suppose you play Roblox or Minecraft, and you’re feeling a bit lost. Try looking for game-specific blogs or websites that host tips and tutorials for specific aspects of the game. You can also find tutorials or gameplay footage on YouTube or Twitch. 

Dedicate Time to Your Game

This tip may sound simplistic. However, it is the most significant factor that will help you perform better at any game you play. Practice makes perfect, after all.

Aside from putting in the time, you need to be intentional about playing. Anyone can make dozens of attempts to finish a game, but a highly skilled gamer would be mindful of every move they make. What factors contribute to your wins? 

Good gameplay requires strategy and critical thinking. These skills will help you think ahead of your opponents and perform better in the game.

Find a Supportive Community

A supportive community is a significant factor in helping you improve your skills. Surround yourself with people who play the same games, especially those who are better than you.

Being in a like-minded group helps you focus on your goals. You can play together and learn from one another. In addition, you don’t need to leave the house with the internet at your fingertips.

If you haven’t found a gaming group or community yet, tons of places on the internet will help you find your tribe. You can start by browsing Reddit, Twitch, or finding Discord servers for specific games.

It’s great to be a gamer in the 21st century. Not only do you have a lot of options when it comes to different games and consoles, but it’s a hobby that can help you improve other aspects of your life. 

Nothing beats the satisfaction of mastering a game that challenged you on your first play. If you like playing alone or with friends, keep practicing and enjoy your journey!

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