According to figures published in 2015, around two billion people across the world play video games. Not only is this an incredible statistic in itself, but estimates suggest it will be closer to three billion by 2023.
An obvious takeaway from these numbers is that video gaming is hugely popular, but it’s not to everyone’s tastes. Those who are put off from playing often claim to find it isolating, noting that while it can be a good diversion, it involves spending an awful lot of time alone.
But is this really the case, or are video games becoming an ever more social entertainment?
Until the advent of video games, the majority of gaming involved playing with or against other people. Two prime examples of this are card and dice games, where an individual typically competes against others.
More sociable still are games like bingo, traditionally played in a hall full of people. Even when one chooses its virtual alternative, through sites like bingo online Betfair, there’s still this inbuilt sense of community: of joining a room rather than playing alone.
What this does, especially in our increasingly isolated society, is create an arguably social pastime, where the aim is to be the eventual winner, but players do not only view each other as rivals for a prize pot.
How bingo and other social games are influencing video gaming
Video gaming is immersive, engaging, and exciting, but if there’s one thing it arguably lacks, it’s this sense of community. Yet many players claim this is changing, and there are now several behavioral trends that seem to have been borrowed straight from the world of bingo.
As well as interaction being increasingly encouraged inside the game itself, via both text and voice-based chat features, there are also a number of highly popular gaming chat apps available to download. These have grown in popularity by an astonishing 115 percent since the start of the year, with a record number of downloads.
It’s not only the fact that players are being encouraged to talk that’s drawing comparisons with bingo and other social games. It’s the way they’re talking too, with very specific slang terminology evolving among gamer communities. This is not dissimilar to the vast array of words and phrases that make sense only in the context of a bingo hall.
A sense of community
So why are video gamers increasingly moving towards a more social gaming experience? The answer may lie in pervasive feelings of isolation and loneliness, with studies suggesting that social media and increased internet usage are making us feel less connected and more cut off.
One way to remedy this is arguably to forge new communities made up of those with the same or similar interests, and this is what bingo, and now video gaming chat apps, have long helped us to achieve.
Does this mean we can expect to see the trend continuing? The most likely answer is ‘yes’, and we personally believe that this is very much a force for good.