Since we’re stuck at home, a lot of us don’t have anything to do. Some of us just wait for days to pass. Until this pandemic is over, there will be rules on staying home. Admittedly, a lot of us are bored. Sure, you can watch movies, read books, and even cook by yourself, but sometimes it gets dull.
One thing you can do that’s sure to kill boredom is playing video games. Playing games can be a ton of fun. With multiplayer games, you can play with your friends no matter where they are. All you need is a stable internet connection, and you’re good to go. Multiplayer games are often competitive and pit you against other players. Alternatively, some games allow you to play cooperatively to achieve a common goal.
Single-player games, however, are more immersive. With games such as Red Dead Redemption 2, any Final Fantasy game, and The Witcher 3, you’ll spend countless hours trying to complete it. In bizarre, more challenging games such as Sekiro and the Souls games, the difficulty is significantly ramped up, meaning you could play endless hours just trying to beat a single boss in the game.
No matter the difficulty or mode, do remember that it’s just a game. With that said, here are some video game facts to help keep you excited. Game on!
1. Silent Hill is Real
One of the scariest games ever made is Silent Hill. It’s a third-person horror survival game by Konami. After starting the game, you’ll immediately feel the creepiness literally climbing up to you. For some reason, the sleepy town of Silent Hill is covered with thick snow or mist. The city also seems deserted.
As you play more, you’ll soon discover that someone or something still lurks in the town.
Here’s one of the many crazy facts about Silent Hill: it is actually based on a real town. Believe it or not, there’s an abandoned town in America. That town is named Centralia, and it’s located in Pennsylvania.
The town was abandoned due to that reason it was built over a mine. Fires have been burning below Centralia ever since the game was created. Eerily, it shares the same atmosphere inside the game town of Silent Hill.
2. The Utmost Difficult Video Game
You might be familiar with the famous games of 2019, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This game is about a samurai who has his left arm missing. It was praised because of its aesthetics and its difficulty level. The game fans know that the game, Sekiro is unforgivingly challenging to complete. However, the title of this utmost challenging game goes to the Souls games.
The Souls games were undoublty merciless. Completing that game was considered a significant achievement in the world of video games. Once people know that you’re that skillful person who played and have lived to tell the tale, they’ll surely be impressed. Sekiro and Bloodborne both games are similar to the Souls games, albeit more comfortable.
3. The Big 3
In the video game industry, there are three companies that reign supreme. Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo are called the big three of the video game industry. Sony has an impressive Playstation in its arsenal. In terms of console wars, the Playstation is at the forefront. Coming in second is the Xbox from Microsoft.
In handheld gaming, Nintendo has no competition. The Nintendo Switch is continually breaking barriers for the handheld platform as more games on the console make the switch to the switch.
The three companies also have their own mascots. The Playstation has lots of mascots in Crash Bandicoot, Kratos, Nathan Drake, and other characters coming from console exclusives. Microsoft has an unofficial mascot in Master Chief from the Halo series. Nintendo, on the other hand, has an official mascot in Mario.
4. The First-Ever Video Game Console
Although the Playstation and Xbox are the most popular video game consoles, they certainly weren’t the first created. The honor of the first-ever console to ever hit the shelves goes to the Magnavox Odyssey. The video game console was made by Ralph Baer, a German-American inventor and video game developer during the early 1970s.
6. The Largest Prize Pool in Competitive Gaming
Esports is becoming global, and most significant games like Dota and Fortnite offer annual tournaments. In these tournaments, teams from almost every country participate and claim the title of the world’s best team. The International tournament, which is yearly tournament Dota 2 by Valve, holds one of the largest must-see competitions in the world.
The last International Mercedes event -Benz Arena, which is situated in Shanghai, China, saw OG win. This team was composed of five players from several countries. Team OG had won more than 15 million dollars out of a staggering 34 million prize money. That absurd prize money remains the highest in the history of gaming sports.
7. Mortal Kombat and ESRB
Mortal Kombat is the best-known game to display violence blatantly. The game had special moves called fatalities, where a player would press a proper sequence of buttons leading to an extremely violent move to their opponent. Some casualties included chopping off arms and other acts of cruelty.
In 1993, this became an issue with the US senate. The ESRB or the Entertainment Software Rating Board was created due to the prevalence of violence in video games. The board is responsible for rating games accordingly. To this day, Mortal Kombat has a rating of M for mature.
8. The Most Banned Video Game in the World
Speaking of ratings, Manhunt is the most banned video game in the world. Purchasing the game is currently illegal in Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, and Malaysia.
Many other countries are also refusing to review the game. The Manhunt is a third-person horror game where the player needs to assassinate a specific target. The game depicts excessive violence and often calls for creativity in carrying out violence.
Playing video games is a perfect way to pass the time. Fully immersive worlds in single-player games can make you play for days on end. Multiplayer games, on the other hand, are more fun since you can play with people from all over the world.