Online gaming has now become a significant aspect of popular culture. The fact that most of the people on the planet have access to a smart mobile device, and games are now predominantly made for mobile, means that it’s a natural and logical progression that such games have exploded in usage and popularity. They’ve become the leading form of entertainment in this era, making them one of the main aspects of our popular culture.
What is Pop Culture?
Popular culture refers to the main components/determinants of the social, entertainment, music and now arguably the gaming scene as we know it. Generally, it’s defined in a specific geographic place and point in time. However, the internet has made vast changes to the way popular culture can be defined, since it’s now available to all, at all times and from all places — as long as you have internet access. Initially the understanding of pop culture was that it was transmitted by the mass media, television, radio and the movies. Thus it encompassed the norms and habits generally taken and followed by the younger generation. These days, it’s transmitted, communicated and shared mainly via the internet.
Which Online Games Have Taken Pop Culture by Storm
It seems that we’re now always playing something online and the smart mobile has made this even easier to do. As soon as a pastime, hobby or source of entertainment reaches the mainstream and becomes something that more people do, it’s reached the threshold to become a major component of our popular culture.
There also needs to be some form of social impact for such a pastime or entertainment to become accepted popular culture. The mobile online gaming sector has arguably done all this, and more. Firstly, there are more people playing these games than ever before; more than any other form of online entertainment or pastime. From MOBA’s, Fantasy and adventure, puzzles and word games as well as casino games or pokies online, there has never been such a wide variety of games. There’s a game for everyone and as such it is now more mainstream than many other hobbies. Secondly, these games have had social impact in that masses of people now watch and engage with them online, and social media platforms have sprung up around the games to create tribes and entire online societies who follow and are either core gamers or followers of the game.
Online gaming is definitely now a major determinant of popular culture. In fact, one could go as far as to say that the online gaming sectors and genres have become the major platforms upon which our global popular culture is now being defined. It’s an interesting observation and one which is arguably driving most societies to become similar and for all age groups to have more in common with one another, regardless of where they are in the world, as long as they have access to the metaverse.
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