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This time we want to introduce you to the most popular video games on the market, those that, no matter how old you are, give us fun and a pleasant moment to get out of the routine.

We want to give you more than just a review, we want to help you and that is why we will show you the most commercialised videogames, their classifications and genres. So that you know which one is right for you, as well as identifying the factors that you can compare, where to buy them and their value. Don't miss it!




Summary

  • A video game is an interactive software for one or more people, whose purpose is to entertain through the simulation of a narrative or context in which the player must advance in order to achieve a specific objective.
  • There are video games aimed at different audiences: children, teenagers and adults, and the classification of these is a key element when it comes to making a choice. There are currently 7 categories to classify content: EC, E, E10+, T, M, AO, and RP.
  • Among the main factors to consider before choosing a lock are: Online Game, Power and Performance, Multiplayer, Compatibility, Parental Controls, Content, and Genre.

The Best Video Game: Our Picks

Buying Guide

Many people choose one based on the cover or the main character, however, those who love video games will know that there are a large number of factors to consider in order to make the right choice. That is why in the following sections you will find information that we hope you will find useful.

Enjoy your favourite video game with your friends. (Photo: Cathy Yeulet / 123rf)

What is a Video Game and what are its advantages?

It is software created for the purpose of entertainment, based on the interaction of one or more players who, through controllers, simulate experiences on the screen of a television, computer or other device. They differ from other forms of entertainment in that users must actively engage with the content to progress through the narrative.

Video games recreate virtual environments and situations in which the player can control one or more characters, including other elements of the environment, in order to achieve one or more objectives by means of specific rules.

The technological development of software such as games and hardware such as consoles has generated a wide range of video games, with the main dominating corporations being: Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft, who are in charge of producing and marketing them massively.

Advantages
  • Entertains cognitive skills
  • Therapeutic utilities
  • Increases competence and self-esteem
  • Provides leisure and entertainment
  • Encourages concentration
Disadvantages
  • Can create addiction
  • Increases aggressiveness and frustration
  • Negative effects on socialisation
  • Requires high-value devices for its use
  • Generates sedentarism and overweight

Video Games EC, E, E10+, T, M, AO, and RP - what should you look out for?

The concern for providing content suitable for different age groups led to the creation of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), a North American system that categorises video game content by theme and age range into 7 categories: EC, E, E10+, T, M, AO, and RP.

EC. Early Childhood. Video game content is suitable for young children. Games that fall into this category are specifically developed for young children and are usually educationally oriented

E. Everyone. Encompassing themes suitable for all ages, titles falling into this category may contain some animation, fantastic, minimal violence or the use of mild swearing. This classification applies to most sports games.

E10+. Everyone 10+ and up. Content is suitable for ages 10 and up. Works within this category contain animations, plus mild or fantastic violence, regular swearing or suggestive themes.

T. Teen. Content suitable for teenagers between the age of 13. Products in this genre contain gore, suggestive themes or moderate violence, and simulated gambling. M. Mature 17+. Items that may contain material for ages 17+. Works in this genre depict violence, blood and horror, sexual themes or swearing.

AO. Adults only 18+. Adult content. Titles include prolonged scenes of intense violence or sexual themes, vulgar language, blood and/or nudity. RP. Rating Pending. Appears in games submitted to the ESRB. However, once rated, all pre-release advertising must contain the official ESRB rating.

Video games have come a long way over the decades, from gameplay, graphical enhancements - thanks to technological advancement - and content addressed. However, there is one element that has remained constant over time, and that is the purpose to entertain, inspire and bring people together.

Audience Content
EC Early Childhood Educational
E All Animation, fantasy violence, swear words
E 10+ All, 10+ Increased violence and swear words
T Teenagers (13 and older) Violence, non-explicit sex, blood, gambling, violent language (swearing)
M Mature age Sex, violence, blood, swearing
AO Adults only Prolonged scenes of sex and explicit violence
RP Rating pending Not applicable

There is a wide variety of videogames, depending on your tastes and needs, they will fit your budget perfectly. (Photo: JESHOOTS.COM / Unsplash)

Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate different types of Video Games

When choosing which product to purchase, whether in physical format (CD/DVD/Blue-Ray or other) or in digital format (purchased from an app or video game shop), it is important to consider features and functionalities that suit your tastes and not choose solely on the aesthetic design of the characters or price of the video game.

  • Online play
  • Power and Performance
  • Multiplayer
  • Compatibility
  • Rating
  • Genre

Online gaming

If you enjoy playing remotely or sharing with players located in other geographical locations, online games are for you. These can be 100% online, i.e. connected to the internet for use, or offer this option as an alternative to standard game play.

Remember that, in order to be able to access this game mode, the title you choose must allow this feature, which is specified on the back cover of your video game (in its physical format) or in the product features for digital versions.

Also, you should consider that in order to play online you must have an internet connection, so we suggest you play them with broadband internet on specialised powerful consoles such as Sony's PlayStation Network, Microsoft's Xbox or Nintendo for a better gaming experience.

Online games allow you to play with other people remotely via the internet
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Power and performance

If you enjoy playing video games with intense and powerful graphics you should pay attention to the FPS. FPS, or Frames per second, is the speed or rate at which images called frames are displayed. There are 30 FPS and 60 FPS video games.

The more FPS a videogame has, the better its graphic interface will be, therefore, if you enjoy videogames with high quality visual details, we recommend you to acquire a 60 FPS videogame. Please note that the increase from 30 to 60 FPS will require more power from your console for proper playback.

Both Sony and Microsoft have released enhanced consoles that bring out the full potential of the graphics and sounds of your games. If you're looking for realistic graphics, Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro games are right for you.

Whichever title you choose, we recommend having a screen or monitor capable of 4K movie playback to take advantage of high-performance video games with deep colours.

Multiplayer

Multiplayer allows you to interact with other players in the game. In general, games produced by the Nintendo company have more titles with multiplayer options for all ages, making them ideal for family play.

The most popular multiplayer games are mostly racing games, however, not all video games include this option, as well as the option to play online, you can find this feature on the back cover or in the specifications of the chosen product.

We recommend you take into consideration that, in order to enjoy a multiplayer gaming experience, you will need one or more controller controllers for your device, which have an additional cost depending on the video game console.

Did you know that the highest score ever achieved in a Pac-Man game is 3,333,360 points?

Compatibility

It may seem strange to buy an old video game for a console, however, the accounting option built into some consoles allows you to play classic titles that evoke nostalgia among gamers on the latest generation of consoles.

Currently, some old video games produced by Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo can be played on Xbox (One S, X, 360), PlayStation and Nintendo consoles. This way you can enjoy your favourite classics on your new console.

If you have had your favourite games for years, we recommend buying a console that is compatible with video games from different generations, as you will not only be able to enjoy them, but also acquire the games at a lower price than those intended for new consoles, as their value decreases with the release of new video games.

Rating

Video games can be a concern for many parents, as their children may be exposed to violent scenes, adult content or simply because they spend too much time playing in front of the screen.

There are a wide variety of violent video games on the market that focus primarily on teenagers and adults, you can block them from playing on some consoles such as Xbox One or PlayStation 4 within the system menu.

You can also restrict online gaming functions, internet browsing and set age rating levels for games and Blue-Ray/DVD discs, and set a monthly spending limit in the online shop.

We recommend that you always check the ESRB (The Entertainment Software Rating Board) rating - the US system for rating video game content and assigning it a category - to ensure that the content is appropriate for gamers.

With parental controls you don't have to worry about violent or adult content in some video games (PHOTOGRAPH: Wavebreak Media Ltd / https://es.123rf.com)

Genre

Video games help to get out of the routine and share with friends

Every video game provides an opportunity to get out of the routine, share with friends or just spend a nice moment alone in front of the screen. With them you can explore new worlds and themes set in different scenarios together with virtual characters.

There are genres and sub-genres for all tastes and for the whole family

There is a wide variety of video game genres and sub-genres, the main ones being: Action, Shooting, Strategy, Simulation, Sports, Racing, Adventure, and Role-playing. Of which the most popular, marketed and recommended are adventure, racing and sports games for the family segment.

For teenagers and adults, the popularity of shooting, role-playing and simulation games has increased thanks to technological advances in online games, graphics and the possibility of interaction with other players.

We recommend that you research the genre of the title you plan to buy online or at the video game shop beforehand - for personalised attention - so you can be sure what to expect from the type or mode of game.

If you already have a favourite game, we recommend buying more titles in the same genre to ensure your purchase is successful, and we encourage you to explore other game genres - who knows, you might be in for a pleasant surprise!

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