The Good and Bad Impacts of Online Gaming

By: Ajeet Khurana

The rise in the use of the Internet has led to many changes in our daily lives. In particular, this rise has also led to the rise of online gaming. We can still recall a time when we were limited by slow computers with crawling dialup speed. In the past, people could never have imagined the great leaps that would be taken in the field of online games. Today, online games are very advanced.

These days, gaming technology has progressed to an amazing extent. Things like streaming 3-D animation graphics with superb surround sound stereo now have the ability to make us all addicted to gaming.

Playing online games is so much more different than playing games in a single player mode where your only challenge is to beat the computer. If you are into online gaming, you can challenge some of the top gamers in the world. In fact, certain game platforms cater to this by having rankings to determine the champions. There can be no doubt that with this ranking system, gamers have become very motivated to win.

Becoming the best is important to most of these gamers. Whether it is RPG (role playing games), shooting or strategy games, it is not surprising to see that online gaming is not just a teenage obsession. People of all ages are hooked on to online gaming.

Nowadays, online games are so popular that we can even see annual game tournaments being organized around the world. Sponsors make it a point to offer great prizes to the participants. Some of these tournaments are so well organized that they are comparable to the high standards of other international sports tournaments with big sponsors and advanced facilities. Thanks to all these developments, a niche has been created for professional gamers.

Their job is to hone their skills and pursue gaming just like any other sports person would. The emergence of online games also created many opportunities for gamers to increase their income. Many people do not realize that with the market becoming so huge and with the race to be at the top, people are actually willing to pay to obtain these virtual online characters. This act is known as "farming", whereby you develop a character and sell it.

But not everything is cool about the online games of the world. The world has become so attached to online gaming that many people prefer to interact only through games. They loathe the idea of social interaction. This, of course, is not advisable. In fact, some also link this trend to unhealthy lifestyles because it also means sitting in one position all day without much activity. Young people are especially susceptible to the lure of online games which leads them to neglect school.

But gaming does have its positive aspects as well. For instance, by limiting gaming to a certain number of hours a day, there can actually be some positive effects. Scientific studies have found that online games can train the human mind to be agile and alert. Gamers are always exposed to conditions whereby they have to learn to adapt and develop certain strategies in order to survive. At the end of the day it will depend on whether the gamer in question can avoid getting addicted and treats gaming as a great pastime.

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