1. What are the basic types of video games? For example, some are first person shooter, some are quest type things (not sure what this is
called), some build things, come are cartoonish, etc. Is there any way to quantify these games into different basic types for someone who doesn't
even know where to start?
There are ton of different kinds! Most games these days have some kind of social element where you are either playing against or with other people.
I'm not as excited about those kinds and they will require you to either have more controllers or equipment in your living room or an online
connection and/or account to set you up with others although most games are digital download these days anyway and come with a digital pass for bells
and whistles. You're renting now, not owning (which sucks IMO).
Your bit about cartoonish has to do with the game's style and that's an artistic/graphical thing more than anything else.
You can play FPS (first person shooter, which seeks to make it look like you're in the action directly), TPS (third person shooter, which gives you an
avatar you watch from behind) and those are going to be action games where you die a thousand times a second (lol).
RTS (real-time strategy) are games where you look over the field of battle from above and direct your forces. You can play those against other players
or an AI. You can still end up dying a thousand times a second though will you learn.
There are also games that are turn-based strategy types where the action pauses and you see a board set-up that lets you consider your moves. They
tend to be more tactical. You'd be looking at games like the Civilization series and the XCOM games (ones I'm familiar with but there are many
There are also lots of simulation and exploration games where the object isn't to conquer or kill as much as it is to explore and build and create.
Minecraft comes to mind and the Tycoon series. I would mention The Sims, but EA has more or less killed that off.
You have single player campaign games (RPGs), but good ones are harder to find because so many companies are mining the monetary potential of "games
as service." You can still find some really good ones, especially if you are willing to play older games and don't need to play the newer titles or
the AAA titles in favor of smaller, indie games.
And there are so. many. more ...
3. I see game consoles like Play Station and Xbox, etc. and I also see games you play on your PC. Which is better? What are the reasons to
choose one over another?
What you choose really is a personal thing.
You never have to worry about the specs of your console when you go to buy a game unless you're coming to end of a generation and the next console in
the series is about to come out. With PCs, you do have to worry about that. Your hardware might need upgrading.
PCs are more flexible in that a good gaming PC can cover your desktop needs too.
The real issue is that every console is made obsolete pretty regularly. You'll pay your hundreds to buy it and in a few years, the next one comes out
at about $500 or whatever it will cost. So you know from the start your purchase has a planned obsolescence.
PCs will be the same, but you can upgrade your hardware in pieces over time. The last time I put together upper-midgrade builds for us, I managed to
do it for around $800 each (and that was having to replace *everything* - even the cases). A lot of that stuff won't have to be replaced the next time
I go in to plan upgrades for us which is one advantage to PC.
4. Can you just go get a game and load it up and play, or do you need like a whole living room full of other stuff? I mean, can you just use
some kind of a simple game controller, or do you need like foot pedals, a helmet, VR goggles, a light saber and a robotic suit and stuff? In other
words, what is a basic game set up for a noob?
Most games just need to be installed in either the console or the PC.
5. I read through some of the posts here and I'm stunned at some of the technical stuff I see. People talk about processing cores and video
cards and "rays" and "AI" and "Neural nets" (whatever that is). I see things about latency, and rendering, and frame rates. I see posts about people
buying $1,000 video cards for their computers to use on gaming. I even see things about people water cooling their PC's to keep them from
'overheating'. WOW...how would anyone even know where to start? Can you just use a stupid old laptop and a mouse or some kind of a USB connected
controller, or do you have to go buy a CRAY super-computer with 2080 giga-floppies of CPU cycles per nanosecond which has a heat signature that can be
seen from space and has to be cooled from a liquid nitrogen tanker parked in your driveway? Can someone break it down for me? What's the deal-eo
This is the advantage of console. It's all in the package.
It's gets more complicated with PCs. We started building our own after we bought a brand new package PC, were told it would run games, got it home,
installed a game, and had to immediately go out and spend $200 upgrading our video card. Most gaming packages are way more expensive than your basic
packages, and you can save money building your own. The thing is that it does take research.
If you choose to go that route, I would suggest having a friend who's done it before and can help you or having a good local parts store with a good
tech support department (NOT Geek Squad) to back you. Theoretically, everything is designed to be modular and snap right together and fire up, but
things happen. For example, this last time, one of our mother boards got assembled backasswards. It works, but we only know that because the tech
support dept. tried it that way out of desperation.
6. How do you figure out where to start? How long does it take to even get to the point where you don't get killed like once per
I just had to find something I wanted to play enough that I beat my way through the learning curve. Once you start to get the hang of it. Your skills
transfer to other games and the learning curve gets less each time.
7. I see posts about 'cheats' and 'hacks'. I see posts about people manipulating memory registers to get advantages and using 3rd party
software to give them an advantage. How would any non-gamer person ever know how to even start out as a beginner and just have fun with all that
going against you? I mean, I've seen posts about people who just go on-line to jack with people (i.e. kill their own team mates, etc.) just for
Don't start out player v player. Learn the basics in a player v. AI environment.
edit on 23-8-2018 by ketsuko because: (no reason given)