When we think about how much gaming has evolved since the 80’s its something that seems almost unbelievable. The gaming world has seen various arcade games such as Outrun, Final Fight, TMNT: Turtles In Time, Tekken I-III, Mortal Kombat I-III, Street Fighter II and many others became very popular throughout the 90’s which was followed by the popularity of online gaming which really started to pick around the mid 00’s with the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. When online gaming started to become popular during the mid to late 00’s the shooter genre of gaming became more mainstream with games like Halo II & III, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare I & II and Gears Of War I & II. Also, during the early part of the 10’s decade the MMORPG genre of gaming became popular for a short period of time. We saw games such as Guild Wars II, Final Fantasy XIV Online, TERA, Star Wars: The Old Republic and which were all big MMORPG titles following their respective releases as PC gaming continued to grow in popularity throughout the 10’s decade.
Also online multiplayer gaming has become even more popular in the 10’s decade than it was during the 00’s with games such as Grand Theft Auto V, Fortnite, Red Dead Redemption II and others which were titles that were all considered to be addictive. While online gaming in general is somewhat expensive for those who are heavy users of the PlayStation Network or Xbox Live with inclusion of memberships for access of special features many would agree that its worth the experience. However, some who are fans of the arcade era of gaming would argue video games that heavily emphasize online gameplay loses its appeal after a few years once their servers go down and eventually becomes unplayable altogether. Also, when it comes down to online gaming players are often expected to pay more money for DLC opposed to having every possible unlockable item within a particular game. But then again online networks offered by Sony & Microsoft offers players an unforgettable gaming experience with both modern games and classics that were popular in arcade centers. While retro gamers from the 80’s & 90’s might have enjoyed going out to arcade centers to socialize along with spending endless coins in different machines; online gaming from 00’s-present is so much more convenient as pertains to socializing despite how expensive it might be overall.