"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."—Alexander McQueen

"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."—Alexander McQueen

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Video Games for Beginners: How to Start Playing as an Adult

You probably have heard about the many cognitive benefits of playing video games. Perhaps you might have seen a few video games whose stories and art styles appeal to you. Whatever your reason may be, this particular hobby can be a little intimidating if you are an adult who has no prior experience playing video games. This is a handy little guide that, hopefully, can get you started.

Choose Your Gaming Device

It is a great time to be a gamer. There are many options available to anyone who wants to play. If you want to enter this crazy but fun world, the first thing you must do is choose your console. You can use your smartphone or tablet. You can download thousands of games into your handset by accessing Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. A lot of games are free, but some charge a small fee. Most games offer paid content and upgrades.

However, if you want superior experience, you should go for a PC or Mac. As a beginner, you can get affordable gaming laptops that may not have the best features but will be able to run any game smoothly. You can get video games for your computer via Steam.

A console is an equally good alternative to PC. Right now, you can choose from Sony’s PlayStation 4 (although, if you wait a bit, you may be able to get the PlayStation 5), Microsoft’s Xbox Series X, or Nintendo’s Switch. The PlayStation and Xbox have almost similar features. If you want either, you should check out what your friends are using so you can connect with each other. The Switch is a system that you can use as a portable or home console. Each console has its own portals where you can buy video games directly.

What Should You Play

man playing computer gamesThis is where it can feel a little overwhelming. There are many video games available to you at every price point and different genres to choose from. For sure, you will find something that will interest you. Simply browse titles available in online and brick-and-mortar video game stores. You may also read/watch reviews of video games so you are not wasting your money on video games that will not appeal to you.

If you do not end up loving the video game you pick, do not give up. Maybe you are not in the right mindset for it yet or it simply is not the right fit for you. There are so many others out there that you should try until you find one that will keep you entertained for hours.

Be Patient

Playing video games takes a lot of skills. It might look easy, but a lot of video games present different kinds and ranges of challenges.

Do not feel discouraged if your character keeps dying or you cannot get past a level. If you continue working at it, you will eventually improve your skills and become better at it. You can also watch walkthroughs on YouTube to figure out how you can defeat that monster or solve that puzzle.

Playing video games is not a hobby that is exclusive to kids and teenagers. Nowadays, a lot more adults are playing video games whether through their smartphone, a laptop, or a console. Whatever device and title you choose, it should make you excited and happy.

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