You don’t have to be an avid gamer or even own a video game console to enter these vibrant and immersive worlds.
If you’re brand new to it, that’s even better. Jumping into a new, challenging hobby is a great way to prevent boredom.
Here’s how to get started.
Computer or console?
Video game consoles, like the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One or Playstation 4, are built specifically for gaming, so you should run into few technical problems. You can order one online on Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart or Target. One important thing to note is that playing online requires a subscription, which can range from $20 a year to $90 a year.
If you don’t want to shell out hundreds on a console, there are other options. Maybe someone in your household can share a game console with you. Or you can borrow one from a neighbor or a friend for a few hours.
If you go the computer route, I suggest getting “Steam” on your computer, which has countless games, easy digital downloads and many, many sales. No need to buy a $200 to $300 console or online subscription and many games are free or only a few dollars, though some technical troubleshooting may be required.
To connect online, many people use “Discord.” The free app runs in the background and allows you to talk over text, audio or video.
Here are some recommendations from me and some of my nerdiest friends:
If you want to relax
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- Animal Crossing Pocket Camp (a surprisingly good — and free — mobile game)
If you’re looking for competition
- Super Smash Bros.
- League of Legends
- Counterstrike Global Offensive
If you want to go on a space adventure
- No Man’s Sky
If you’re a Game of Thrones/ fantasy fan
- Game of Thrones: A Telltale Series
- Guild Wars 2
- Elder Scrolls Online
- Catan Universe
- Monster Hunter
- Divinity Original Sin
- Diablo 3
- Sea of Thieves
If you want strategy
- Civilization 6
- Portal 2
- A Way Out
If you’re searching for something scary
- Don’t Starve Together
- Dying Light
- Remnant: From the Ashes
If you’re a sports fan
- Nascar Forza Gran Turismo
- FIFA 20
- Madden NFL 20
- NBA 2K20
- Rocket League
If you want something funny and quirky
- Magicka 2
- Castle Crashers
- Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
- Borderlands series
- Overcooked 2
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