The on-going Coronavirus pandemic may have reached its peak in many areas but the virus is continuing to spread across the world with over three million confirmed cases in about 185 countries and over 200,000 confirmed deaths.
While this global outbreak isn’t over, we should expect to stay home a bit longer than we wanted. If you look at your social media feed, you’ll notice that in the past few weeks it has been filled with photos, stories, and videos of people baking, cooking, cleaning, playing video games, etc. People are finding ways to keep themselves busy and avoid boredom.
Since this is a technology blog, we are going to share something related to gaming. We are going to share the different types of online games that you can play while on self-isolation.
I know everyone is familiar with this type of game because I’m pretty sure you grew up playing a board game or two. For instance, here are some popular titles: Battleship, Game of Life, Monopoly, Scrabble, Settlers of Catan, etc.
If you still have your old board games with you, that’s great. However, if you no longer have it and would like to play those games again, you can find online versions of your favorite board game on the Internet.
Massively Multiplayer Online Games
One of the most, if not the most popular type of online game is Massively Multiplayer Online games or more commonly known as MMO. However, unlike other types of online games, MMO offers a different type of experience as it allows players to collaborate and play alongside or against other players online.
The most popular MMO games right now are World of Warcraft, RuneScape, EVE Online, League of Legends, DOTA (Defense of the Ancients), Rift, and Skyforge just to mention a few. Some of these games require you to download the game while some of them are readily available to play online via a web browser.
First Person Shooters
Another popular game genre is FPS or First Person Shooter games which can be played on a computer or gaming console. Some of the best FPS games of all time include Doom, Titanfall 2, Half-Life 2, Overwatch, Call of Duty Modern Warfare, Halo 3, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Battlefield 3.
Among the game types or genres listed here, the one that I personally got hooked on is FPS. To be specific, it was Counter-Strike CS 2.0. It was introduced to me by a friend and got hooked instantly.
Check out this list of the best free FPS games by Green Man Gaming.
Back in the ’70s and ’80s, before the major video game boom in the ’90s arcade games were very popular. In those days, gaming consoles weren’t really popular like it is today.
For those of you who were born in that era, you know what I’m talking about. For the sake of the younger generation, here are some of the most popular arcade games: Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Street Fighter, Galaga, Operation Wolf, Sega Rally, Time Crisis II, Mortal Kombat, Metal Slug, etc.
Another type of game that’s gaining a lot of popularity especially among adults is online casino games. Millions of people from all over the world play different types of casino-related online games each day.
If you’ve been to a casino before, then you’ll know what these games are, how they look or how they’re played. Examples are Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps, Poker, Slot Machines, Roulette, etc.
This type of games are quite popular because of it involves real money transaction from casino bonuses and prizes.
Strategy or strategic games is a type of game that puts the player’s autonomous decision-making skills to the test. Not only does it require skillful thinking but also planning is able to achieve victory. In plain English, what it means is that the outcome of the game is determined by the choices made by the player/s.
Some of the best and most popular strategy games are: Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2, StarCraft II, Cities: Skylines, Stardew Valley, Crusader Kings II, Sid Meier’s Civilization VI and WarCraft III
Sports lovers rejoice! This type of game genre was created and designed just for you. Most kids grow up idolizing and dreaming of becoming like their sports heroes. By playing sports games, anyone can be the best player or be part of the best team in the world in whatever sport they choose.
The most popular sports game franchises of all time include FIFA, Punch-Out, NBA2K, Tecmo Super Bowl, Madden, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Gran Turismo, and NBA Jam just to mention a few.
As the name implies, this type of games uses simulation. It is generally designed to provide the player a simulated environment that closely copies or simulates real world activities, objects, scenario, etc.
Here are some of the most well-known simulation games released: The Sims, Spore, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Zoo Tycoon, Tropico, and Football Manager to name a few.
In conclusion, there are so many types of online games to choose from. However, these are just the main categories or genres. There are more sub-categories that we didn’t cover in this article.
How about you guys? Which type or types of game is your favorite? Which game or games are you playing the most during this pandemic? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Thank you and have a great day!