The Importance Of Online Gaming Communities

GamingIf there’s one thing that Destiny proves, it’s that multiplayer games are here to stay. That’s especially true of those that grow into having massive online communities, much like Destiny has done and will continue to do as long as people (like me) are hooked on it. This is a bit of a new(ish) trend for console gamers, though anyone who’s played on a PC knows these types of communities have been around for quite a while.

Be that as it may, there is another trend that has coincided with the rise of playing on the web on your console—the individuals within these communities doing truly great work. Just look at the wonderful things done by Extra Life, an initiative I wrote about earlier this year that aims to save lives through gaming. Essentially, it asks gamers to raise money that’s then donated to their local children’s hospital—and more than $5.5 million has been collected to date. Amazing.

Another charity doing truly moving work is Child’s Play. Just like with Extra Life, gamers are encouraged to raise money for children’s hospitals and the kids receiving treatment there. Last year, they were able to raise $7.6 million, with the money going toward buying consoles, games, and accessories for hospitals and care facilities. As their site says, Child’s Play hopes to provide a “vital distraction from an otherwise generally unpleasant experience” for the kids, who get to play age-appropriate games with their peers, friends, and loved ones.

Beyond the notable contributions to charities, these communities are also making the act of gaming feel more social as a whole. This is evident on any of the current generation’s consoles, be it the PS4, Wii U, or Xbox One, all of which stress playing together. As mentioned, that is a huge part of what makes Destiny so much fun, though just as entertaining is getting involved with your fellow gamers.

In addition to doing so while actually playing, Sony encourages its users to chat with each other in its PlayStation Forums. Message boards are obviously nothing new—one could argue they helped shape the Internet as a global forum itself—but they have become an essential part of shaping the full gaming experience as we know it. You can foster relationships (personal and otherwise), egg on your potential opponents, or simply show off how well you’ve been playing with like-minded people across the globe.

This is also stressed at Betfair, a gaming platform that is home to a variety of games. Players are encouraged to communicate with and get to know one another and it’s all done through their community page. It’s filled with hilarious tweets boasting silly gifs and memes; a chatroom where you need to be up on the latest lingo; and inviting profiles from some of the moderators you’ll run into while playing. It all helps to build what is basically a web-based version of the fun-filled, community-oriented atmosphere so many of us associate with bingo, whether we played it as kids or joined our elders for a game here and there.

No matter what kind of game you enjoy, it appears that doing so alone isn’t quite like what it used to be—you know, the old stereotype of loners who never interact with each other. We’re all more connected than ever, be it through social media, message boards, and, yes, communities tied to the games we love to play.

Gamer Girl

I’m now running my own live stream on Twitch. I go live three times a week, mostly with FFXIV, but I try to throw in my other PS4 games.

I have been looking into getting a capture card so I can start streaming from my PS3 as well, but with the good ones being so expensive, it probably won’t happen for a while. And I don’t think my computer can stream as I have had some issues with trying.

I’m not too worried about that right now though. At the moment I’m looking more at getting the views and followers to make partner. ^^ I have a long way to go though, but I’m getting there. I think what I mostly need at the moment is a webcam or PSCamera. Kinda leaning more toward the PSCamera.

I’ll eventually get there. But I’d like to invite you to drop in on the stream. Just see the tweet below. Also, don’t forget, on Oct. 25th I’m having a charity fundraiser and there will be a giveaway! ^^ Be sure to stop by the stream for that as well~

DIY: Getting Sewing Savvy

It’s no secret that I have five very demanding dollies living in my pajama drawer. My newest came home earlier this year and doesn’t have a damn thing to wear, and I can’t really (read: absolutely can not afford to) buy anything for her to begin with.

So I have come with the idea of making her some dresses myself. Now, I tried this before with Kloey. It did not go well and lots of frustration, grumpiness and tears ensued. But she needs clothes.

Ren

Ever since Sloane stole her only t-shirt, she’s been running around butt nekkid (and she’s honestly enjoying it). But it’s starting to get to me and I’m in the mood to start selling things which never goes the way I plan.

I’ve been going through the Hot Topic website lately (I love shopping there) and she’s digging the dresses they have. I would like to make her something similar. I figure it fits her style seeing as she is a rocker chick with her own band. ^^ And it also might be semi-simple for me to figure out and eventually improve upon. Who knows, I might have my own Etsy shop one day!

All I need to do is work my way around this pattern thing and get the hang of sewing by hand since my machine likes to give me fits. It probably doesn’t help that I don’t exactly know how to use it in the first place. ^^;

I’ll get there though!