Playing games is great. You would be hard-pressed to find someone that doesn’t enjoy a game or two. Whether it’s in the form of a first-person shooter, a physical activity, or one that exercises the brain, we all love them because they are great for us in all kinds of different ways.
This is backed up by scientific evidence, as recent studies have shown that playing video games increases grey matter and helps refine learned skills. It impacts and expands the regions of the brain responsible for memory, spatial awareness, information organization, and it helps with motor skills too.
This is just what you get by playing solo in front of a screen. We won’t even dive into the benefits of playing games that require physical exhaustion, ones that do your body good through exercise, or those that call for socialization. These can contribute to improvements in interaction ability, language skills, self-confidence, and overall mental health.
So, if you find yourself and home, and in the mood to play, but you don’t want to do it against a piece of software, rather against something that’s made out of flesh and doesn’t just follow instructions, then, you’ve got a few options to choose from. Here are some good ones.
Casino Table Games
You’ve probably heard that online casinos are a big thing. The ability to play super-advanced slots from a mobile phone has driven people away from real-life establishments and onto these platforms. But, did you know that many of these online casinos have live sections where you can play against real dealers? And, that there are different types of table games to choose from? Well, there are.
Nowadays, you can be at one location and the table you’re playing can be half-way around the globe. You get to interact with a real person and play for real money. It’s just as exciting as the real thing. In fact, it is the real thing.
You’ve probably grown up with these, who hasn’t? Monopoly, Clue, Risk. Hey, even Backgammon, Checkers, and Chess qualify. And while you might be a world away from your family and friends that you used to play these with, that doesn’t mean that it can’t happen again, right now.
Today, there are dedicated sites that offer all the famous board games, including new and innovative ones that are tailored to a more digital experience. All you need to do is sign up and get those that you want to play with, to do the same. If you want to go, up-against total strangers, meet, converse, and make friends with a new crowd. That’s doable too. You can type your words, or say them in the virtual room, to gauge if these are people that you want to play with again, or is it time to search out new ones.
Is debating a game? I don’t know. There are sides, they each get a turn, and in official ones, sometimes there are arbiters who decide who stated their claim better, and won. I would think that makes it a game. Even if you don’t share this opinion, there’s a lot of fun and enjoyment to be had from some mental fencing against another individual or group. You also can grow and expand your mind and linguistic prowess. Learn how to better express yourself by arguing your point.
Everyone is passionate and knowledgeable about something. With modern technology, you can join like-minded people or try to convert those that don’t agree with your way of thought. There are many online debate platforms to pick from. These sites are open to all and are homes to virtual debate tournaments. If you don’t want to partake in one and are afraid of the exposure, there are places where you can fly solo and go up-against single opposition in a private room.