We all know how awesome video games can be. It’s a virtual world we can enter for several hours (sometimes too many) and simply lose ourselves in the gameplay, regardless of whether it’s Master Chief taking on the Covenant, scoring the winning goal in FIFA 18, or exploring ancient temples as Lara Croft. However, when you put down the controller and switch off the console, are you immediately done with video games? Not necessarily. For many, video games are a lifestyle and when they are done playing, they still want the magic to continue into everyday life. These are ways in which gamers can continue showing their love of video games without even pressing any buttons.
Cosplaying has really taken off in recent years, thanks by and large to the increasing amount of conventions and events which make it possible. Comic-Con and E3 are perhaps the two biggest places where cosplaying is most prevalent, as these events are created for like-minded people to come together and celebrate the games they love. As for what cosplaying is exactly, well, it’s as simple as dressing up as characters from video games. They can be as obscure or popular as you like, but the main thing is to go to a lot of effort to look like the person you want to represent. See some of these cosplayers for inspiration.
Although Pokémon trading cards were very popular back in the 90s and early 2000s, you’ll be glad to know that things have evolved since then. Magic: The Gathering is a fantasy trading card game with themes that many RPG video game players will recognize, such as wizards, elves, warriors, and the like. It can be addictive to collect cards and build up your ultimate fantasy squad to battle others in a tournament. Although a digital adaption is available, the real-life version is far more popular, and of course, the whole point is to get off your screen and playing games in person! Hearthstone is another popular digital trading card game out there with characters taken from World of Warcraft, but physical cards are yet to surface for playing in real life.
You might be aware of how incredibly popular YouTube vloggers such as PewDiePie and Smosh have become by making a career out of discussing and playing video games. These two channels have millions of subscribers apiece, and consequently, can earn a decent living out of advertising and even selling merchandise. Of course, you shouldn’t become a video game vlogger simply to make money, but as an outlet to show your passion for the games you love. You can review new games, relive older titles you played when you were young, discuss breaking news in the industry, or whatever else you can think of to do with gaming. You can do these things in a blog too, if you’re not the camera type.
Watch eSports on Twitch or YouTube
If the names ‘Team Liquid’, ‘Evil Geniuses’, ‘Newbee’ or ‘Team OG’ have any meaning to you, then you’re likely already a huge eSports fan. These teams compete in live eSports tournaments at the highest level, which means they earn the big bucks and receive worldwide fame in the industry. Games like Defense of the Ancients 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and League of Legends are perhaps the most popular titles to see played live in an arena, which are commonly streamed on Twitch, YouTube, and sometimes Facebook. Those who love eSports are fanatic and treat the players as if they were Michael Jordan or Cristiano Ronaldo of the video game world, and there has also been a new trend of building a clan website for your favorite eSports team. Watch some games either live or streamed and you’ll quickly understand the fervor.