First Person Shooter (FPS) games are the equivalent of non-stop binge-watching Netflix series until you completely lose track of time. Only the games are better.
But, if you’re an outsider, it may be difficult to grasp the total awesomeness of FPS games. Today we’ll have a look at the elements that get gamers hooked on virtual worlds where they have to shoot their opponents in order to win.
So, if you want to know why games like Call of Duty, the Halo franchise, or Battlefield are always at the top of ratings, make sure to keep reading.
Backstory & Gameplay
Whether you like playing sniper games or you’re more of a spray and pray kind of player, it definitely helps to know why you’re fighting the opposing team. And this is where the backstory comes along.
Some of the FPS popular titles have a solid backstory, with cut scenes that lead the way during the game and help players get in the mood. But, if this is not the case, the gameplay is designed to support the gamers’ drive through the virtual world.
Either way, FPS games are good at making you understand who you’re fighting and why.
The Social Aspect
Gaming communities are older than online gaming, but before we could chat with each other in the game without physically being in the same room, these communities were rather small and dispersed.
Online gaming brought us together and this led to amazing communities focused around one title or genre. But the FPS gaming community is something unique. Most players enjoy playing in a team (although there are still a few lone wolves out there) and when you find the right teammates, nothing can stand in your way!
FPS gaming communities are the perfect way to make new friendships that will last for years to come because you need reliable teammates that will have your back in an SHTF situation.
The Level of Control
According to the psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, First Person Shooters like DOOM or Surviv.io let you get in a state of flow where your skills match the difficulty of the tasks and you feel in control of the surrounding environment.
This feeling lets you forget about the craziness of the real world and make you feel all-powerful. In addition, the fast-paced rhythm of FPS where players must take split-second decisions is perfect for achieving ‘flow’ state faster.
Furthermore, with Virtual Reality technology on the rise, it’s easier than ever to let yourself disappear into the game and forget all your troubles. Of course, if the situation is handled correctly, gaming sessions can be incredibly relaxing and fun.
Developing New Skills
Ever since video games were invented, people were curious to learn how they can influence our lives. Some say the violence is damaging, but there is no proof (in spite of several scientific studies) to show this.
On the other hand, there are plenty of studies that prove gaming can help develop skills valuable in real life. With FPS titles you get to improve hand-eye coordination, reaction times, and decision-making under pressure. Players can also test their leadership skills and get better at multi-tasking.
Overall, video games have a good influence on our lives, whether they are FPS or quest-based adventures. But, like any good thing, we must play with moderation and always keep in mind that the real world can’t be escaped – only confronted.