Changes in the use of gaming consoles

For us that are born in the 80s it started with the Nintendo 8-bit. It was a gaming console made for a maximum of two players. At the time it felt amazing to play against your best friend whenever you had the chance to do so. The most popular game that was Super Mario was a one player game only though. So when it came to enjoying this game it wasn’t very social, we could of course talk about our progress in school the next day but it was not social while we were playing.

Online gaming with consoles

Today it looks a bit different compared to those old days with the Nintendo 8-bit. Mainly its the new style of game play with PlayStation and X box that has changed the social factor a lot. Both of these two gaming consoles are today mainly online gaming consoles where players connect all over the world.

Some of these games dont require that much interaction even though you are playing online against someone else. If you for example take FIFA which is one of the most popular games, then there is no huge need of communication while playing.

When it comes to games like Call of Duty the story is different though. This is also the case with Battlefield. There is usually two teams meeting each other in a match where its a number of players on each time. It can for example be 5 vs 5. Whats really important in one of these games for success will always be the communication between players. It can probably be compared to real war where  you must have some sort of strategy and communication to beat the other team.

Players in each time can therefore talk to eachother as they play and win and loose together like a team. It can sometimes be very creative and good communication and sometimes mostly cursing and bad mouthing towards each other. Usually that depends on how l ogood bad it goes.

Equipment to communicate

The gaming industry have created head sets because of this which lets players communicate in the most optimal way while they are gaming. This is another expense for the people playing and more profit for the gaming industry. However with that said we have to agree on that it does bring another dimension to the game and its some sort of value for the money it most peoples opinion since the industry is still getting more and more popular.

Meeting people all over the world

All these features lets the games talk and play with people all over the world. Usually when you play its on a specific server, so a European player will most likely only play with other European players. This is so the game wont get any lags and other technical problems. Its however still a big step compared to when we used to sit alone and play Super Mario. Surely people and young kids must learn a lot from communication through these games online and hopefully its something that they can have advantage of later on in life. I know some kids that do learn english faster thanks to their need to communicate well in for example call of duty.

 
 

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