When it comes to gaming, we’ve come a long way since the days of yore when this time honored pastime was an object of ridicule. It’s main stream now, and it’s everywhere. As such, there’s no shortage of ways to engage in, and celebrate, this hobby. This is a far cry from sharing it only with your closest friends and being bullied for it. Today, there are a number of ways to engage with the gaming community at large. Here are just a few.
First and foremost, let’s talk about gaming conventions. Gaming conventions are a great way for gamers from all over the world and from all walks of life to come together over their shared interests, and all in one place. They typically come to these conventions to see new games, consoles, and other tech, but they can also engage in cosplay, the act of dressing up as their favorite characters from their favorite games. They also get to meet like minded individuals, meet their idols, be they voice actors, directors, developers, etc. So, why not book a room with Motel 6 near your nearest con and join in on the fun?
Another way to engage in gaming that comes as no surprise to many of us is online gaming. Online gaming is relatively young, but it’s become a phenomenon that dominates the gaming landscape these days. And, there’s a good reason for that. Like gaming conventions, online games provide gamers with an opportunity to engage with one another like never before, but the difference here is that they never have to leave their homes and, thus, can directly share their hobby that is usually not portable. While there’s no substitute for human interaction, online gaming is a better way to share the hobby with new people. Another side of online gaming is eSports, which is exactly what it sounds like: video games as professional sporting events. Overwatch is a popular eSport right now, for example.