The gaming industry is one of the largest and most rewarding businesses, video gaming being the biggest earning media sector, with hundreds of billions in revenue. The popularity of the game consoles, the Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) subscription market and the mobile platforms paved the way for app developers to create free, paid, and pay-per-feature games catered to a mass market. Ubisoft, one of the biggest gaming companies I have worked for, has 21,000 employees in offices and studios around the world who create high-quality games that resonate with all kinds of personalities, bring people together, and allow everyone to learn and grow while having fun. By exploring the video game industry, we get a glimpse at the creative process of designing astonishing worlds, the positive impact that video games have on education and how gaming can even assist the auto industry.
The gaming industry has no limits to creativity. While striving to make a positive impact for the players, gaming companies are implementing key elements to deliver impactful visual moments and enhance the player’s experience. Working in the Quality Department for Ubisoft allowed me to express so many talents and push creative boundaries in order to play around with different stages of game composition.
Exploring the video game industry one thing is certain – gaming is not just a source of income, it is also a mainstream hobby, with Microsoft and Sony developing new consoles while other companies focus on creating games adapted to both mobile and PC devices. Plays.org offers thousands of free online games across hundreds of categories. The best part is that you can play directly in your web browser with no additional app downloads. We tried a few of the games in order to compare them with the acclaimed franchises that I am used to play, such as Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, Division or The Crew. Despite of the fact that they are not created for consoles as the above opened world games, I must admit that the graphics heightened the sensory experience offered a great game play. The game platform offers license games from hundreds of developers for free. Check out the ones tested below.
“I Used To Be A Dog” is a simple visual novel where your choices will affect the destiny of the main character. As Devor, the dog in the story, you get to interact with memories based on your conscience and discover what fate has in store for you at the end of the game. The gameplay is extremely easy, a press of the spacebar being all that it takes to begin and move through the lines of dialogue. With the help of the keyboard you get to use the left and right arrow keys to move and the up and down arrow keys to change your selection. Although the game might load on touchscreen devices, its controls were optimized for desktops.
Alexandria Attacks is an alien fighting shooter game where you can shoot incoming aliens & avoid their attack. The coins gathered during each level help purchase higher quality weapons and other base upgrades. The game has 30 stages including an epic boss battle. The walkthrough info can be easily found on the game’s page, together with the attributes for the guns. This was a truly addictive and competitive game to play, as the difficulty increases with each Level.
Farm Rescue is a an 80-stage bubble shooter game featuring very cute animals. The game is simple: all you have to do is to aim your bubbles at the stack and shoot to create 3 or more adjacent animals. The bubbles in sequence will fall together with any other bubbles which are only connected through them. Like all the games available on Plays.org, Farm Rescue can be played by both kids and adults.
According to Internet Matters, by exploring the video game industry is revealed that children can develop their creativity, nurture relationships with friends, improve strategic thinking. build both resilience and perseverance to achieve goals and improve their communications skills, especially in online multiplayer video games. That’s because studies show that certain games benefit younger children by helping them improve early reading skills with the support of parents and teachers. Moreover, researchers at the University of Vermont have reported that playing video games may actually boost children’s intelligence. Youngsters had their brains scanned while they performed a series of tests that tested their reaction time, problem solving and memory. Not only did the children achieve better scores, they also had more activity in regions of the brain responsible for each function.
Two-thirds of people in the US under 18 years old play video games online, according to PC Magazine. With the new release of widely popular video games and next-generation consoles, in addition to strong consumer spending on games, the video game industry could see explosive product sales in 2023, Insider Intelligence reports. The expansion is expected to make the global gaming industry worth $321 billion by 2026, according to PwC’s Global Entertainment.
Did you know that the video game technology can be used in the automotive sector? Developing Ubisoft’s The Crew 2 has been a revolutionary experience that helped shaped my passion for cars with various customization possibilities. And now it has been revealed the large impact that virtual technology has in vehicle design and manufacturing.
According to Deloitte’s 2022 media trends report, playing video games is the favourite entertainment activity among generation Z respondents in five different countries (the US, UK, Germany, Brazil, and Japan). And lets not forget all the merchandise inspired by the most popular video games, with t-shirts, action figures, mugs, and different accessories added to the game franchise revenue. Now the benefits of the video games have reached the education sector, transforming learning into an enjoyable activity, offering self-confidence by developing interpersonal skills, expanding knowledge across a variety of subjects (from history, geography and science to foreign languages) and helping people get active. But most importantly, video games offer the opportunity to create, experiment, and let your imagination run wild, from avatar customisation to fanart and cosplay events.
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