16/12/2020

๐ŸŽฎ 9 Video Game Features That Hook Gamers for Hours ๐ŸŽฎ

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Since COVID, online and mobile games are the most common way of leisure in 2020. 

People are either tuned to their mobile screens or their gaming consoles for hours on games that are simple yet fun. 

Ever wondered what keeps people tuned to their gaming devices?

Why do they spend so much time playing games? 

And most importantly, what makes games like Flappy Bird create new gaming records?

In this article, we are going to discuss some of the most tempting game features that make people play an online game for endless hours.

Let's get started.

1. Immersive Gaming Experience

An experience that won't let you switch off the game once you start playing is called an immersive experience. Take any quality game out there, and you will find the same experience in all those games. Call of Duty, World of WarCraft, even Angry Birds. 
You get this immersive experience that makes you stay in the game and play it all the time. Japanese gamers often play endlessly for 18 hours per day, and that's why Japan has put strict laws to limit online gaming to less than 60 minutes per day for small kids.

2. Astounding Storyline

Another critical factor that makes games sell like crazy is the storyline they have. The Witcher, World of WarCraft, Among Us, and The Last of Us are some games that have an amazing storyline.

Gamers want to know how the story expands, what are the ups and downs of characters in the game, and how to change the storyline by making the right decisions. 

Storylines can make games sell for thousands of dollars. Companies always try to hire game writers that can create an awesome storyline for gameplay. 

3. Great Visuals

Visuals are one way to keep users hooked to your game. Some of the best games that only exist because of those games having great visuals include BioShock, Destiny 2, Borderlands, Crysis 3. 
While some of these games also have an epic storyline, but they are known for their genuine graphics, natural ambience, and a lot more.
When gamers play a game, and by gamers, I mean professional gamers, they want graphics that look close to the real environment. That's why games like PUBG, Fortnite, and Clash Royale have become such a hit around the world.

4. Open World

Most games are hooked to games that are set in an open world environment, where the characters are not limited to a storyline or to restricted movements.
People prefer games where they can take the character out of the storyline and play with it in any way they want. Games like Grand Theft Auto, Roblox, Red Dead Redemption, Minecraft are some of the games that have this open-world experience available. 
In fact, Roblox is the top game in the US and Europe just because of this feature. It is an open world, and players can play it in any way and roam around the whole map. They can even create their own maps and scenarios and play them.

5. Extended Roleplay

Another great feature of a quality game is the extended role-play feature. People like to play with games where they can create their own environments and maps. Or engage in scenarios that are not part of the actual storyline. 

BioShock and the Last of Us are two games that offer this extended Role Play feature. Gamers can control more than one character in the same gameplay, and they can change the outcome of the game based on their decisions.

6. Interesting Theme

Some games that don't have a storyline, impressive graphics, and visuals, and astounding characters, do have one factor that makes them a great hit. That is an 'interesting theme'. 

Take Flappy Bird. Why was that game such a hit? 

It was because the game had an interesting theme. See for how many seconds you can keep the bird in the air. 

This is something that people want to do, to create new records when they are sitting idle and have nothing else to do.

These games are also a great way to kill boredom because people just love to play these types of games because they are lightweight and easier to install. One website that offers all such mini-games is the Unlimited Gamez Mo website.

7. Fun Gameplay

Video games are fun, right? But some games are fun and addictive more than others. One such game is Super Mario Brothers. If you have never played Super Mario before, just Google the game, and you will know what I am talking about. The game is absolutely simple to play. 
A plumber named Mario is looking for the princess of the land that was kidnapped by a tortoise king. Funny right? 

Yet the gameplay is exciting. This oddity makes games a hit among players who are looking for something fun yet exciting to play. Mario is one of the oldest games in the market. It is owned by Nintendo, and it has now become a brand. New Mario games are available that people can play on their smartphones.

8. Memorable Characters

Have you ever fallen for a game character? If you have played Assassin's Creed, The Witcher, God of War, Tomb Raider, or any other similar game, you will know what I mean. 
All these games are known for their characters and the stories that surround them. Most of these games have been turned into actual movie scripts just because of the strong storyline of the game and the plot of the game character. This is another unique feature that makes games a hit or a miss when it comes to the mass market.

9. Balance of Reward vs. Punishment

Finally, one feature that keeps gamers attuned to most games is the balance of reward and punishment. Gamers play games when they see that they are getting gratification out of them. What this means is that gaming challenges should neither be too easy to complete nor be too hard. Or, the gamers should grow with the game. Games like World of WarCraft offers this feature. Gamers grow with the game. Each gamer gets new levels when they kill enemies. They get new weapons, advanced attacks, and a lot more. All these new levels keep gamers excited, and they keep coming for more. 
That is it. These are some of the best features that people look for when they are trying out new games. If you are looking to create games, make sure to keep all these features in mind.

Author Bio

Audrey Throne has an ongoing affair with the words that capture readers’ attention. Her passion for writing dates back to her pre-blogging days. She loves to share her thoughts related to business, technology, health and fashion.

Find her on Twitter: @audrey_throne

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