The appeal of video games during lockdown

With the recent spike of coronavirus cases, the Malaysian government has forced its people to stay inside as much as possible and reinstate the MCO procedure once again. With people coop up in their house once more, they are left wondering how to pass the time again even though they just received their freedom again. This is where video games become an important source of entertainment for these people as there are an abundance of free games that they can explore and invest into. 

There are various genres that people can enjoy and they can find a genre where they are able to fully invest into for a long time. Steam is the best source to check for free games to explore while also having occasional sales that put games on discounts especially on some of the popular titles such as Devil May Cry, Nier: Automata, The Witcher 3 and many more. Story-driven games may appeal towards players who love to play by themselves and experience the lore of the games they play as most of these games have created a trend that allows their players to make decisions which could lead to different endings. Because of that, these story-driven games have a long life due to different consequences that occur based on the players’ decisions and encourages players to replay the game to experience different outcomes. Although some may have in-depth gameplay but bad storytelling or the other way around, solo players will find aspects of these games that they will come to like throughout their playthrough. However, esports games such as League of Legends, DOTA 2 and CSGO are more popular among the gaming community due to its teamwork-heavy gameplay while consistently introducing new ways for players to experience the game as they weaken, strengthen or completely overhaul a character and items that would always bring fresh experiences. Due to their long life, every match in these games will always feel different due to the variety of playstyle, item builds and characters for players to experience while learning from their past experiences to improve themselves. 

These esports games are also a staple for the gaming community as not only do they hold tournaments in a large scale that is comparable to the Super Bowl, the teams that are playing in the tournament would display unique playstyle, strategies and item builds that would change the game’s meta as they will be used in casual matches until they would get patched which could consequently change the meta again for the better or worse. Most MOBA games are affected by this as despite the number of changes, they would either weaken the strong characters and strengthen the weak characters, or they would give minor changes that would make players scratch their heads. MOBA game developers can never make a middle ground to satisfy all of their players as different players may favor their newer changes while some do not.  

In the end, it depends on what kind of games that a person would enjoy. Competitive players would find esports games to be more appealing while people who loves story-driven games would find games like The Witcher 3, Nier: Automata and Hades to be more enjoyable in their alone time. 

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