Despite what you may have read, the Internet is a truly beautiful thing. Sure, it has its downsides in it still being a relatively new creation, but there is so much that it has to offer all of us, from music lovers to fashionistas to writers and everyone in between. And for all the gamers playing their favourite titles tirelessly, there is no better time to do exactly that. Why? Because the web allows playing whenever, wherever, and (really) however we want.
As noted previously on Re-bel Magazine, the bigger gaming companies—we're looking at you, Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, and Sega—have realized the fact that mobile gaming is truly where it's at these days. And that fact goes beyond the handheld consoles offered by two of those companies (the long line of Game Boys and DSs from Nintendo and Sony's own PSP series). Smartphones and tablets are so intelligent and well equipped that they now rival the capabilities of their game-specific brethren. To be fair, if you're looking for the best quality gaming experience, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better one than what's offered by the 3DS and, yes, even the PSP. But for those of us on the go and with little time to devote to games beyond a few minutes here and there? Hello, mobile gaming.
Those aforementioned gaming giants are well aware of the rise of casual gamers, an increasingly prominent group that's been documented over the past four years by The Atlantic and more recently Monster Energy Gaming. Their argument is essentially this: It's easier than ever to pick up and play a game—and they couldn't be more spot on. Seriously, how difficult is it to download an app and start playing a title such as Clash of Clans (for free) or a classic like Street Fighter II (for a small fee)? Not difficult at all, of course.
As that Street Fighter adaptation reflects—among many others featuring Sonic The Hedgehog, Final Fantasy, and others—gaming companies have clearly taken a liking to seeing their franchises spread elsewhere. That move essentially allows anyone with a smart device to play a game that previously required a console and a TV—or, looking further back, a trip to a gaming parlour!
The same goes for gamers who like their action to be more competitive. It's more intuitive than ever to fire up an app or browser game to compete with some of the best players in the world from your couch, on the bus, wherever. But the best part is that you don't have to necessarily worry about if anyone else is playing, because chances are very likely they will be. One of the world's first gaming sites, Inter casino, drives that point home here with the following quote: "Afraid there won't be room for you at the live games? No worries! Tables have guaranteed availability regardless of the time you log on, so you'll never miss out." They also mention that you don't have to worry about your ego taking a blow if (by chance) you're not exactly the best at poker or roulette, because "rookie mistakes are disguised by online anonymity." Of course the downside is that rubbing your victory in another player's face is taken out of the equation.
The time really is now for all you casual gamers looking to get your fix quickly and easily. It's been amazing to watch how an activity once seen as only for "nerds" and "loners" has grown to be the norm, and it's that progression that's allowed for some truly amazing new experiences. We can't wait to see what's next for gaming, especially in the realm of virtual reality.