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How COVID-19 Changed The Gaming World: Public Opinion And New Trends

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Gaming is one of the few industries to have benefitted from the COVID-19 pandemic. When everyone was forced to socialize online (similarly to what gamers have been doing for years), many finally saw the true potential of gaming as a way to bond with friends and escape from the travesties of real-life which for many became an inescapable pit over multiple years. In this article we dive into how the public’s view on gaming has changed and the trends that have emerged during the pandemic’s reign.

 

Gaming as a way to maintain social life whilst social distancing

Gaming has always been seen as an isolating and antisocial activity, but the pandemic opened many people’s eyes to how it brings people together. While players aren’t physically present with one another, many games are made to be multiplayer (or massively multiplayer) – and even single-player games can still be shared or have multiplayer elements within them. While stuck at home, many quickly realized the potential in this for socializing over entertainment without actually being together. This resulted in an increased interest in gaming during the pandemic. From people speaking to each other via discord servers to people arranging raiding nights, gaming was one of the few pseudo-social experiences that people could actively participate in without the fear of contracting or spreading the virus – while also providing entertainment to the involved parties.

 

3 top trending games

With gaming’s spike in popularity, new games are being released at an unprecedented rate despite all industries being impacted by COVID-19 over the past few years. If you’re looking for inspiration, you can check out holyfile.com for more new games and software – or let us give you a quick overview of some of the most popular games below and see if you’ve missed anything worth trying.

Lost Ark 

Lost Ark

Lost Ark is a fantasy roleplaying massively multiplayer online game. The game is focused on PvE (players vs. environment) and exploration but has elements of PvP, farming, and crafting. The player starts the game by customizing their character, which they can then level up by completing quests and dungeons throughout the game. Lost Ark is wildly popular and won six awards at the Korea Game Awards 2019 despite not being released to North and South America and Europe before 2022.

Elden Ring

Elden Ring

Elden Ring is another game that is super popular right now. It was released in February 2022 and sold 12 million copies within its first 18 days on the market. This game is an action role-playing game that takes place in a spectacular fantasy world. Elden Ring is primarily single player with multiplayer elements at certain points of the game.

The game might have gained some of its initial popularity because the creator worked with George R. R. Martin, who provided material for the backstory and setting. Games like this are very complex with hidden maps and cities, and while most enjoy this, others find it complicates playing too much at times. If you’re stuck, you might need a better weapon – the Moonveil Katana is a solid choice for a lot of players and it’s not as difficult to get as you might suspect.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla 

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Valhalla is the 12th game in the Assassin’s Creed series. It came out in the winter of 2020 but has remained popular since. The game deals with a fictionalized story of the Viking expansion into the British Isles, while the series as a whole is an action role-playing game focused on the centuries-old conflict between the Assassin Brotherhood and the Templar Order. Pop culture’s current obsession with the Viking Age and all the series and movies set in this era released simultaneously may have helped it become as popular as it did. And surely, this game is another great showcase of how gaming has managed to stay relevant and popular through the ongoing crisis.

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