Gaming is bigger than ever. The games industry is now larger than both cinema and music. And with the advent of mobile, more people are playing games than ever before. However, the appeal of gaming is still a mystery for many people.

Some of you will have played games when they were younger, but let the hobby fall by the wayside. Some of you will have never picked up a game in your life. So what’s the fuss about? What does the landscape of gaming looks like in 2017 and why are so many people playing them?

Games consoles are dedicated machines intended for home use. If you’ve ever played an Atari, Sega Megadrive, Nintendo 64 or SNES then that’s the kind of machine we’re talking about. The biggest players in the console market are Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo – whose current models are Playstation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch (respectively). Additionally you have Nintendo’s 3DS and Sony’s Playstation Vita, which are commonly referred to as “handhelds” and are essentially miniature games consoles designed to be played on the go.

Desktop computers and laptops are used by gamers just as much as consoles and are often built specifically to optimise the graphics and performance of games. Games on PC/Mac are played using game/publisher-specific software or sometimes through an internet browser.

If you’ve got a smartphone or a tablet, chances are it’s capable of playing games. Games can be purchased through online stores like any other type of app, and downloaded straight onto your device, ready to play.

Alongside the rise of mobile gaming there has also been a huge growth in online gaming. Not all games can be played online, but all current consoles are capable of online play. The same goes for mobile devices and PCs. Playing games online will have you playing against or alongside other players across the internet. Some games will have a “friend” system, where you only play against people who have added each other (like Facebook). Others games will group you with other players from across the globe – sometimes randomly and sometimes based on skill level or preferences.

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