The Internet has changed all of our lives, that’s an undeniable fact. The access to pretty much any entertainment you can imagine has most definitely altered the way we spend our leisure time. From streaming movies on services like Netflix and Lovefilm to playing console video games and online games, there is something out there for the whole family.
One of the most magical aspects of the huge increase in online gaming is the plethora of differently focused games available. Educational games are nothing new, after all, you can certainly argue that old family favourites like Monopoly, Scrabble and Risk have an educational quality about them and are great for families to play together.
All of these are available in one form or another online, whether in the form of gaming apps for tablets or mobiles, such as Angry Birds and Plants Vs Zombies, or amazing MMOs like Mind Candy’s Moshi Monsters. These open up whole new, safe, regulated online worlds to children and give them the chance to learn as they go, as well as learning how to safely socialise over the Internet.
Club Penguin from Disney is another MMO that is easily accessible online by children and gives the same kind of educational benefits. It’s a world adults can join their children in and a great example of how the Internet can stimulate children by offering education disguised - or at least part of - games.
Casual gaming is also great for the whole family - games like Angry Birds appeal to everyone from five year olds who are just learning to utilize their hand eye coordination to commuters who need a few minutes downtime on the train and love nothing better than splatting those pesky pigs.
Online casinos, meanwhile, are very much the gaming of choice for those over 18, but sports betting can certainly bond older children and adults as they work out who they are prepared to bet on to win their favourite family sport, whether that’s football, rugby or tennis.
What about for the older generation? Has the Internet come up with much to keep them happy? Well, yes, actually. Plenty. Online word games like Words With Friends can be super addictive and are a fun spin on Scrabble, with the added bonus of the social aspect.
Many older people also choose to play bingo online, although this has also become hugely popular with young mums and dads as well. There’s something very attractive in the many online bingo sites operating at the moment, which is very much down to the social aspect. Meeting people online and playing fun games while still having the chance to scoop the jackpot are definitely extremely popular ways to spend downtime for many people around the world.
It’s fun to speculate on where Internet gaming will take us next. At the rate the technology is developing, it doesn’t seem too farfetched to imagine we’ll all be playing virtual reality games before long!