Real games for real men – in the virtual world

There has been plenty said about gaming as the new big leisure activity for the 2020s. Some even suggest that it is overtaking movies and music as the world’s favorite pastime. One thing is certain, the gaming industry is one sector that is seeing a huge surge given current world events. 

However, there are still some who see gaming as something that’s either for kids or nerds. If you are among them, it really is time to get over your hang ups. We could be stuck indoors for a while, so it’s the perfect time to get into gaming. And just to prove that those preconceptions we mentioned are nonsense, here are some games that no real man needs to think twice about playing!

Shaken, not stirred

There’s nothing nerdy or childlike about a night at the casino. In fact, it has been the height of sophisticated gaming since long before the internet age. Las Vegas might be in lockdown, but online casinos offer a world of gaming choices – quite literally. There’s the American classic of poker, roulette from France and even games like hi-lo and sic bo from Asia. So whether you’re spinning the reels for fun or playing dice to earn money in Thai baht “เล่นไฮโลให้ได้เงิน, you can check out all the games and casino news from the comfort of your sofa on your laptop or smartphone. You’ll need to mix your own vodka martini, though. 

Putting sport back on the virtual agenda

With NHL and NBA on hiatus and baseball and soccer also likely to face disruption, this is a miserable time for sports fans. Further afield, the Premier League and other European soccer tournaments are similarly at a standstill, Euro 2020 has been pushed back to 2021 and the Formula 1 season has gone into its summer break before it’s even started. Thank goodness for virtual sport. Football Manager has gone free to play on Steam to help keep sports fans sane during these difficult times, while NBA2K is the perfect antidote to those feeling frustrated by the real action being frozen at such a critical point in the season. 

Just do what Samuel L Jackson does

Given that we’re discussing “real men,” the above is never going to be a bad piece of advice. In this case, though, we are not advocating taking on snakes on a plane or even debating burger choices with John Travolta. At 72, he might be older than the archetypal gamer, but he’s a confessed fan of the Grand Theft Auto series of games. It’s not just a case of plugging the game because he did some voice work for it, either – Jackson also plays Fallout and Call of Duty as his way of relaxing when he’s not on set. 

So there you have it – casino gaming, playing sport and following Samuel L Jackson on a gun-toting rampage in a fast car. Gaming is definitely not just for kids and geeks. Perhaps it’s time to give it a go. 

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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