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Why you should read our game reviews?
A business or company can be built both physically and online. Before you start playing video games or even buying one online, it is a good idea to read the best reviews or reviews to make sure you are getting what you really want. After all, you don’t want to end up downloading PC Games without making sure it’s worth the effort and time.
While many gaming companies sell a specific product, they do sell an experience and you want to be sure that you are getting what you really pay for. Other users can tell you precisely whether or not the game pays dividends or allows you to get what you really want. Also users, through their reviews, will inform you if the game is reliable or tries to take advantage of its users.
Reviews: More than just a difference of opinions
Everyone is looking for something different in video games, although there are some industry-standard things that you will want to know about. Online reviews will give you an insight into exactly how the game works and if they are worth checking out.
Every game seeks to address a different type of audience. You can read reviews that specifically refer to the type of game you are looking to play or view a certain video game in general. These reviews will also give you an idea of how the game works on your computer, phone or tablet.
General things you want to read about in reviews can also include the number and type of games offered. You will also want to research the payment options and wagering requirements. Some games also have payment options that only apply to certain countries. These requirements are important to players as they can limit their ability to withdraw their money, bonuses, and promotions.
Consideration with newbies
Before investing in a game, it is advisable that you look for detailed reviews that will allow you to know how the structure of the game itself works and operates. As people just starting out in the online gaming industry often don’t know all the details, starting to play can be intimidating.
Detailed reviews of current or old players can give newbies an idea of what to expect and the complexity of the system they are entering. If the game is too complex for someone who is just starting out, you can avoid it and start elsewhere.
The bonuses and promotions offered in certain games can be tempting but if the betting and payout structure is difficult to understand if you have never done it before and it may not be worth it.
Is playing video games worth it in the first place?
The word e-sport is increasingly appearing in the media. These are video game competitions in which a single-player or multiplayer participates. That is the player against the machine or against other players, either in the same location or through the internet, with a player in Singapore and another in Albacete, for example.
There are, in fact, television channels that broadcast e-sport games with narrators and commentators, as if it were a football match. What’s more, it is no longer so striking that an e-sport club signs a player, only 18 years old, for 200,000 euros a year.
Or that in a tournament prizes worth 18 million euros are distributed. It is a buoyant business, which means that it has its audience and that it is also going to pay for it.
Is it suitable for children?
However, for apocalyptics, video games are little more than a colourful and luminous demon that heralds the end of the golden age. So much so that there are voices that warn about the dangers inherent in video games, from a possible addiction to an increase in violence.
However, prohibiting or preventing children from playing with electronic devices does not make any sense, nor does it make sense to prevent our children from having a mobile phone at a certain age.
On the contrary, if the child does not participate in this entertainment, it will be considered strange by others and in some cases, it will be rejected. Our efforts, as parents and educators, should be directed at advising and influencing what, how much, when and how they play. In other words, we must be realistic.
First of all, it should be remembered that video games are one more type of game and that they should never be the child’s only game mode, not even the one that they dedicate more time to.
We would say the same of a child who locked himself at home to read the Encyclopedia Britannica from cover to cover. From the point of view of the environment where we have evolved as a species, the best game is the one that takes place outside, moving around and in groups of children of different ages. Play is the best way to learn cognitive skills and abilities of all kinds, including social ones.
General video games advantages
The video game is not a game of chance, where luck is the fundamental component. Although luck sometimes has an influence -as in any aspect of life, what counts the most is the player’s ability to develop a strategy with which to overcome the challenges that are presented to him.
These skills can be very complex, to the point that many large companies, such as IBM, have come to look for their leaders among the best players of certain types of video games.
The use of video games from a neuroscientific perspective, specifically about whether they promote social isolation, violence, depression and/or anxiety or whether cognitive abilities increase or decrease. Therefore, you can focus on other aspects, such as the schedule, the time and the types of games that exist.
When should you play then?
In general, we can establish two basic rules:
- When the sun goes down, the brain, which follows a circadian rhythm, sets in motion a mechanism for the production of melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep. Blue light from electronic devices can disrupt this process. Therefore, from that moment, access, whether to play or to watch any type of content, must be done with blue light filters or activating the night mode so that the screen is seen with orange tones and weaker light.
- After dinner and in the period before going to sleep, you should not play, as the brain and therefore the body are stimulated, which goes against the physiological process of sleep. In fact, that stimulation can increase the production of the hormone cortisol, which prepares us for action.
How much should we play?
As has already been said, we must always give preference to outdoor play. If we play these types of games normally, we shouldn’t worry about playing video games at other times.
From 3 to 12 years, it is advisable to let children play between one and two hours a day, especially on weekends. At least that’s what the American Pediatric Association recommends. Now, after that age, the two-hour limit will certainly be difficult to maintain. For all this, it is necessary to set rules as to what days and hours you can play. And not break them.
Therefore, something very important is how we get to stop playing. It is best to set a time in advance and make sure that we have understood it. In this way, you have to remember a few minutes in advance so that we save the game or finish it in the best possible way. Of course, once it is time to cut, you have to be blunt. We insist: it is not worth hesitating.
What video games should we play or let our children play?
When buying a video game, you have to take into account its classification according to content. Like movies, video games are marked with the minimum age to be able to play them. In Spain, the European PEGI (Pan European Game Information) regulations are followed, which establishes the minimum advisable age for each game.
Games for children under 3 years old
Before the age of 3, children do not show interest in video games, since they do not have sufficient cognitive skills. Their interaction with computers, tablets and mobiles are to watch video content, such as cartoons, children’s movies or even something as unusual as watching a girl open fifty surprise eggs in a row.
However, there are many games suitable for children from 3 years old. In them, their imagination and ability are rewarded, at the same time that they can improve certain cognitive abilities in their development. For example, in 2012, a study with children between 3 and 7 years old who had used the Martha Speaks Dog Party application for 15 days in a row, found an increase in vocabulary in 31 percent of the participants.
Our recommendation is games where the objective is to build simple things, identify animals or develop reading and writing skills since at that age they begin with that learning in school. They are also usually games that do not need continuity, since children at these ages tend to get tired and bored quickly due to their limited ability to maintain attention or elaborate complex reasoning about game strategies. And something very important: it is recommended that parents play with children.
Games for children from 7 to 12 years old
Given that from the age of 7 children are more autonomous and with more cognitive abilities, the games are more difficult, which requires the development of higher-level strategies. Therefore, children can already “hook” more easily, so we must be aware of time limits.
There are recommended construction games, such as Minecraft in its educational version or Lego Worlds. They are very free games, where you can do any type of construction, which encourages imagination.
Platform-type games are also recommended, such as Crash Bandicoot or Ratchet & Clank, where a comic-type character overcomes challenges in an imaginary world. Skill and speed count more in these games than in pure strategy games. Likewise, children are already starting to use sports simulators such as FIFA or Formula 1, which at their easy level are quite entertaining and can be played as a family.
Games from 12 years old
From the age of 12, the child is already capable of sustaining attention and concentrating for a long time, so he can enter high-level games, both skill and strategy. In fact, the level of dexterity they can develop in their interaction with the machine is quite surprising. And also quite daunting for us when we play with them.
Like cinema or television, they are not harmful by themselves, but by the use, we make of them, in the same way, that a knife is used to cut meat or to rob gas stations
For these ages, games such as Civilization and Sim City stand out, where you can build cities and manage resources, that is, develop more or less complicated strategies to prosper in a virtual world. These games can have extraordinary levels of difficulty, where the player must pay attention to maintain more than one hundred variables.
There are also graphic adventures that are fun and difficult, like the Zelda series, where, apart from travelling more or less imaginary worlds, you have to solve puzzles and find valuable objects, with fights adapted to the world of children. There are also fighting games with limited violence and humorous tone, such as Overwatch.
But it is undoubtedly the age of sports simulators, where the undisputed king is the Fifa series, both in player versus machine version and players versus other players. These games have the incentive that they can be played as a family or with other children. What’s more, they are much more fun that way.
Games for those older than 14 years old
From 14 or 15 years of age, the preference for online MMO-type games (cooperative multiplayer online games) inevitably appears, where players from all over the world with virtual avatars come together in missions that can be very complex.
The undisputed king is World of Warcraft (abbreviated WOW) with more than 10 million subscribers in the world. You can, individually or collectively, make teams, build cities or fight against rival teams …
The main problem from the age of 14 is that video games can take time away from other activities, such as studying, sports or family interaction.
In adolescents, it is much more difficult to impose discipline, so it is advisable, for example, to offer alternatives of outdoor fun, both with friends and within the family.
In other words, the child is the one who must find in alternative activities a greater pleasure than being in front of a screen. This work is family, school and, in general, the environment that surrounds the child. And it is not easy. It takes time and effort.
So, what is the secret to choose video games to play?
Most video games are online and you can connect over the internet with other players. You can interact with them in multiple ways. Many are beneficial, as they serve to play cooperatively and thus learn or develop strategies. Others, on the other hand, are harmful, such as feedback with other players to play longer, learn an inappropriate language or even create a relationship that goes beyond the game with someone who does not know who they are.
Let’s be clear: video games on mobile devices, consoles and computers are a reality that handles billions of euros in an increasingly technological world. And we all love them. Like the movies or television, they are not harmful by themselves, but by the use, we make of them, in the same way, that a knife is used to cut meat or to rob gas stations. Common sense, then, should prevail in our relationship with video games.