Gaming has been a popular entertainment medium in the United States of America for several years now, slowly creeping out of the stigmatized setting of one’s basement and into the mainstream. Taking place across all platforms, gaming continues to grow in popularity across the US to the point where now, the majority of adults play video games.
According to the findings of the ESA in their 2019 Essential Facts study found here, 65 percent of American adults play video games with the smartphone being the most common device used for playing games. But this number is set to grow even further when considering another genre of gaming, iGaming, with new laws being enacted around the country that open the opportunity for adults to play classic-type games via their mobiles, tablets, and computers.
Starting in mobile gaming
Mobile gaming is the most dominant platform for gaming right now, valued at $53.14 billion worldwide in 2018 and predicted to continue to grow over the next six years. The secret to the platform’s success is its immense accessibility, with nearly everyone having a smartphone as a standard part of everyday life. Getting started in mobile gaming is incredibly easy because most of the offering is made up of free-to-play titles.
The best way to get started with mobile gaming is to go onto your phone’s Play Store or App Store app and browse the top charts for titles that catch your eye. Start by perusing through the top free games as they’ll give you a chance to get accustomed to the workings of mobile games without costing you a penny. The trick is to try many different games across different genres, such as puzzles or simulations, to see what you like, and to then hone in on good titles.
Getting going in America’s new gaming scene
Thanks to new laws passed in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Indiana, parts of the US are now able to enjoy the offerings of iGaming brands. These gaming platforms have proven to be popular abroad, with the innovative live casino games and a plethora of slot games being of major appeal to many gamers.
As these games are played with real money – but not necessarily, as you’ll see shortly – you’ll want to start right. The best way to do this is to check out reviews, read up on the games available, and then claim any bonuses that suit you. Bonus offers come in the form of bonus money being gifted to new players who make a deposit, so it’s important to read the terms and conditions before accepting. From there, the bonuses give you a great opportunity to use bonus funds – as opposed to your money – to try out the games that the website has on offer.
Investing in console gaming
Console gaming is the most commonly associated with the term “gamers” with the current generation that includes the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch all providing top-class gaming in their own ways. As shown by the sales charts, the PS4 obliterated the Xbox One in sales, with the Switch being released much later but closing on the Xbox One, which is primarily due to the exclusive games.
The key point to understand when setting off on your console gaming journey is that in the end, it comes down to the games. The Xbox One has long boasted better technology and a better console interface, but its lack of intriguing console exclusive titles has paled in comparison to that of the PlayStation 4, with the gap between the two becoming increasingly noticeable over time. The Switch has weighed in with its own superb line of exclusives too, showcasing that game sell hardware. So, to find the right fit for you, look into what games you want to play first, and then commit.
Gaming brings joy to many people all over the world and is a great way to spend your free time. So, hopefully, this little guide will help you get started on your gaming odyssey.