High-speed Internet and a generous helping of bandwidth could lift your gaming, taking the focus away from NPCs and onto real-life opponents with a will to win that might just match your own.
If you have been stuck playing the same types of games, endlessly destroying the enemy with a regularity that you can set your clock by, or wasting time beating up the same characters with such efficiency that you can do it with your eyes closed, perhaps the time has come to raise the bar of expectation and opt for some online gaming against real, living opponents?
Internet gaming has become a massive business over the past few years and with even the most modest high speed Internet account you will find that it can be easy to get started. A variety of gaming types are available, from full blown MMORPGs to strategy games with online gaming options.
With the variety of choice for online games that is available, you might be forgiven for thinking that this is a bit of tough call, but it is genuinely easy to find an online game that will suit you, just as long as you stick to the type of games that you enjoy.
For instance, if you're a fan of Solitaire, Bejewelled or similar titles, you might prefer to opt for any of the browser-based games that are available via Facebook. These can bring instant benefits in terms of finding opponents, against whom you can compete for scores and bonuses.
If your preference is for games with a bit more action in, then there are countless fantasy-based MMORPGs (massively-multiplayer online role playing games) such as World of Warcraft, for which a monthly subscription must be played, or Guild Wars, which can be played for free after the game has been purchased.
Other game types are available, however, such as EvE Online, the popular spacefaring title that combines trade and combat in the stars, allowing you to eventually build up a successful (fantasy) corporation, or Football Manager Live, the online version of the popular soccer management sim. Counter-Strike is a popular capture the tower game that is available to owners of Half Life 2 or the Orange Box, and this features plenty of team or “every man for himself” armed combat.
Each of these games requires a minimum Internet connection speed, typically 2 Mbps, in order for you to get the best results from them.
Gaming Online, Offline
Other gaming titles will offer an online experience as a secondary aspect to the initial game. A particularly good experience is Civilization V, which complements its standard strategy/research/resource management game against computer-controlled opponents with an online multiplayer option in which you can pit your civilization against the forces of another player anywhere else in the world via a gaming service.
Many games offer an online multiplayer option, useful for titles that aren't suitable for the full online treatment, and just another way in which you can take advantage of your high speed Internet!