As increasingly more industries are finding a new home on the web, the sports world follows suit. Though traditional sports are still going strong, their virtual counterpart is gaining lots of traction. This is to be expected given that even if we think of it as a modern phenomenon, in reality, PC gaming started in 1962 and keeps evolving as a testament to the undeniable human need to play games in any shape or form.
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From Pac-Man to eSports tournaments
The world experienced the earliest dabbles in PC gaming over half a decade ago with the pioneering Pong and Pac-Man, but the market has completely transformed since then. Gamers today can enjoy an abundance of titles and gaming genres, and the PC gaming industry caters to every taste.
Nevertheless, a few genres remain widely popular—from RPG, through Battle Royals, to virtual sports.
Role-playing games, or RPGs, are one of the most popular genres in PC gaming, and one of the best-known titles—World of Warcraft—is familiar to millions of fans worldwide. Such games typically allow players to create their own characters, choose their own paths, and decide how to progress in the game. This makes for a more immersive experience, as gamers can really “dive” in the world of the game.
Battle royals are another genre of PC gaming that is becoming increasingly popular. Such games bring players against each other in ever-decreasing numbers until a single player or team is left standing. This type of game carries a special charge, as players never quite know who will win until the very end.
Perhaps the fastest-growing genre of PC games, however, is the virtual sports niche, which has taken the world by storm in the past couple of years.
From something that players used to do back in the day at internet cafes and LAN parties, virtual sports have evolved to offer an incredibly immersive and realistic experience. Skiing, football, horse racing, tennis, and even mind games like chess and Go—there are so many different virtual sports to choose from.
What’s more, virtual sports have become popular enough to become a mainstay in professional gaming, with many virtual sports tournaments taking place each year and all over the globe.
It is safe to say that the future of virtual sports looks bright. With the constant advances in technology, we can expect that modern gaming will push even new frontiers. As the popularity of virtual sports grows, it’s also natural that we’ll see even more fierce competition join the race on both player and developer sides.
The world of PC gaming is constantly evolving, with new genres and titles appearing all the time. Whether you’re a fan of RPGs, battle royals, or virtual sports, there’s sure to be a game out there that will suit your taste. And who knows, perhaps it won’t be long before virtual games even surpass the popularity of traditional sports.