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How to play video games? A basic beginner's guide

Want to give video games a go but not sure where to start? Here’s a quick guide for beginners.

Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 23:33 IST
Beginner’s guide to play video games. (Photo: IGX)

All the potential gamers out there who are either beginners or looking to start playing video games here is a beginner's guide. So, if you are thinking of taking up a joypad, but don’t know where to start, or which games to try, just read on. Picking a video game or learning how to play can be overwhelming for someone unfamiliar with the games and many just give up. However, even though it might seem a bit difficult or confusing at first, with a little direction and patience, you can start playing video games and it will not take too much time. So, to enter the exciting world of online video games here’s a beginner’s guide to play.

How to play video games?

1. Choose a platform:

Playing video games no longer requires a dedicated console or a gaming computer. There are an increasing number of quality games that can be played on laptop, old computer, smartphone, or tablet. Try these games before you invest hundreds of dollars for a console or computer upgrade. Choose the games that you want to play and get a desktop computer running the latest operating system, and install a good video card.

In case you want to really focus on video games, it is advisable to choose the latest-generation console (PS4 (PS5, if you can get a hold of it), Switch, or Xbox) to play new games. Old ones (PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 or even earlier) will serve the purpose too, if you are starting out.

2. Check the game rating:

Check the game ratings or packaging or online description before you go for it.

3. Read the system requirements:

Choose a console on which you can play any game. Computer gamers must know about their computer specifications and ensure that these match with the game packaging or website.

4. Watch video reviews:

Sometimes games fail to live up to marketing hype, and hence this might give you a bad experience. Find at least one video review before you purchase an expensive game.

5. Feel free to jump into sequels:

Always feel free to play your first game in a series. The sequels often have improved gameplay and graphics, hence jump into it without giving a thought.

6. Be cautious with competitive games:

If you are a beginner, there are certain genres of games that you may not enjoy. Games like first-person shooters, fighting games, "battle arenas" like Battlegrounds Mobile India, Garena Free Fire, and other sports games are fiercely competitive. These are difficult for a new player to learn, hence, pick one with a single-player mode like Halo at the beginning.

7. Try before you buy:

Always go for a free demo version before purchasing a game. Most games do have a demo version that can be tried. However, try not to download any games from spurious sources as they may have malware embedded in them. That can be dangerous.

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First Published Date: 19 Jan, 12:40 IST