Things to Consider When Picking an Online Game to Play


Ahh, the 21st century. As the years are flying by, so is our technology. Every year, our technology gets more and more adept and sophisticated. Artificial intelligence is taking over the world, with our devices being used in every sphere of our lives. And gaming is no stranger to this phenomenon. With covid and the metaverse significantly altering the world and our way of thinking, you wouldn’t be the only one wanting to explore online gaming.

The easiest way to do that is by just picking one game for starters, and then proceeding from there. But if even that sounds overwhelming, you’re not the only one. There are a few factors you need to consider while picking an online game:

1. Access

Before you decide to get on with a game, you need to find out if it’s available in your region. Certain games are accessible only in particular countries, and you’ll need a strong VPN to gain access to them. Apart from the location, the device you play the game on also matters, because not all games can be played on every device.

2. Cost

While some games are free, most others are not. Like multiple other situations in life, if the juice is worth the squeeze, it’ll also cost you a tidy sum. Unless you’re inheriting Elon Musk’s money, it’s safe to assume that you probably have a limited budget for games. Make a list consisting of the price ranges you’re comfortable with and another with the non-negotiable limit you simply can’t afford to cross. This step will make it easier for you to pick a game that suits your pockets.

3. Security

As with anything online, security comes first. With so many unsecured websites floating around, you need to verify the authenticity of the game you’re planning to invest in. If you don’t know how to check, you can look up the valid certifications of a game. 

Doing this without fail ensures that you’ll be playing a legitimate game as well as preventing scammers from illegally draining your money or mining your data. If you do notice anything shady, it’s best to leave it alone without clicking on it. You should also consider maintaining anonymity and the usage of firewalls to minimize risk. Remember gamers, safety first!

4. Age and Number

Depending on whether you’d like to go solo in your gaming pursuits or be a team member, you can consider which game you want to play based on the number of players.

While age range isn’t usually a deal breaker as far as online games are concerned, some people do give a lot of weight to how old the players they interact with are. More often than not, most games have a diversified player base of different ages. Yet some games tend to attract younger or older people more than others. A little research in this area should have you covered.

5. Time Slots

Much as you’d love to sit and play games all day, you know as well as I do that it’s simply not possible. We have a fixed amount of leisure time that we can devote to a game. So, it’s best to pick one that can fill in the blanks without disrupting our daily routines. Especially in team games, where just randomly disappearing is a major jerk move!

6. Genre

Now we come to the fun part. What’s the point of playing a game if you don’t like it or just suck at it? Different genres of games require different skills. Not to worry though, because regardless of your skill sets and interests, there is a game out there.

  • Puzzle Games:

Problem-solving, organization and logical thinking, pattern distinction

  • Shooting Games:

Reasoning, decision-making, teamwork

  • Survival Games:

Problem-solving, decision-making, creativity

  • Fighting Games:

Hand-eye coordination, self-confidence, functioning under pressure

  • Role-Playing Games:

Communication, organization skills, problem identification, and resolving

  • Online Casino Games:

Problem-solving, reasoning, decision-making, self-confidence.

7. Reviews

Reviews are the sounding board of online gaming and must never be ignored. By just taking a few minutes to sift through the reviews, you’ll have a pretty good idea whether the game is actually worth playing or spending your money on. Sometimes, you may even receive recommendations for some other, better options in the review section.

8. Free Trials (If Provided)

This is a bonus point, just in case. Shop around a little to see if you can have some kind of a trial run before you commit to the game. Trials are very useful for vetting to see if the game is actually all that it’s cracked up to be.

Closing Thoughts

So, the next time you find yourself lost in the confusing matrix of the gaming world, you’ll have nothing to worry about. With this trusty guide, go forth and explore the wonderful galaxy of online gaming. Go forth, gamer. And of course, don’t forget to have fun! Good luck, and happy hunting.

Written by Avanti Giridharan
Avanti Giridharan is a freelance writer who is interested in writing about relationships, lifestyle, beauty and fashion. When she's not writing, she can be found reading or playing music. She seeks to empower people through compassion and logic in her writings.