Beginner's guide to video gaming

A study in 2021 showed that about 17 million Australians play video games and 91% of households own a video game device (Digital Australia report). Moreover, Australians have spent AUD 3.96 billion on video games and consoles last year (IGEA). These data show that Australians are more invested into gaming now more than ever which is heavily impacted by the pandemic.

Even now that the aftermath of the pandemic has considerably subsided, video gaming has still remained to be the second most common activity in Australian households after movie or TV streaming (Bond University metrics). The pandemic is not the only reason why Aussies come into gaming. Video gaming in general is just fun in a very high regard. So if ever you found yourself getting enticed to play video games, it is definitely normal and you are not alone. Even those aged 65 and over identify themselves as gamers ((Digital Australia report). 

Here are some helpful tips to guide your way into video gaming.

What gaming platform to invest in?

There are 3 options for beginners: mobile, PC and Nintendo Switch. Chances are you already own one of them. As a matter of fact, Nintendo games are initially designed to placate people to play their games. So if you are pleased with the Nintendo Switch, you might want to start exploring other video games, and later on playing them with other compatible consoles.

How to choose video games to play?

Do your research on what are the latest or trending video games for your chosen platform. Check for game ratings, online description and reviews about the video game you're interested in. It is safe to choose single-player games at first compared to competitive, multiplayer games which might overwhelm you as they take time to learn. For games with sequels, game enthusiasts recommend playing the original series so you can appreciate and enjoy the new additions more.

Where to buy games?

If you want to invest in PC gaming, signing up to Steam will allow you to choose from an extensive game options and then download them directly to your computer. For console games, PlayStation, Xbox and Wii have their own online stores you can buy their games from but you can also purchase them in supermarkets and other online game retailer stores

What console to choose?

Choose a console that allows you to play all the video games you want. Be it Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo or PC, check the device's specifications if they match the game packaging or the website. Consoles are mostly preferred by gamers as they are cheaper and they're ready to play with right out of the box. But if you want the most advanced  gaming experience with the best graphics, go for the PC. 

Watch video game plays or reviews

Before you acquire a game, you better watch videos about it on YouTube or any video game sites. Sometimes, the marketing hype fails to meet the actual expectation which will just give you a bad gaming experience. 

What are other considerations?

For PC gaming, you will need a flat screen monitor of at least a 27-inch Full HD display, with at least 60Hz and a low response time. For box gaming, it is ideal to have a full HD (1080p) or 720p 'HD Ready' flat screen TV set. The size might depend on the size of your room. But what's important is the HDMI port in the back. A solid and stable internet connection is also essential.

Best Games for Beginners:

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizon (Nintendo Switch)
  • FIFA 22 (Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PS4)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox One, PS4)
  • The Last of Us (PS4)
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo Switch)
  • Minecraft (Nintendo Switch, PS4)
  • Pokémon (Nintendo Switch)
  • Crash Bandicoot (Nintendo Switch)
  • Red Dead Redemption II (PS4)
  • When you are passionate about video gaming, all you need is the time and dedication to learn and practice. Consider this guide to help you to weave your way through video gaming and have the best first gaming experience ever. 

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