Gone are the days of saving your coins for mall arcades and playing Atari at your best friend's house, when Pac-Man was associated with your most notable triumphs and failures, and Tetris was a fine art of strategic focus. Now, gaming has become much more widespread, appealing to women and men of all ages and backgrounds, and integrated on every conceivable device. From mobile games – the selection for which grows by about 250 every day on Android alone – to open-world MMORPGs (multiplayer online role-playing games) played on gorgeous monitors for a lifelike feel, you can get your gaming fix anywhere that you are.
With so much diversity in an ever-changing game market, many sub-groups of gamers have formed in recent years. There is an increasing segment of players in the Middle East who play exclusively on mobile phones, killing time during their Dubai Metro commute or while waiting for a friend at a café. Developers have made phones more video game-friendly with powerful processors, beautiful displays with vivid colours, and better audio quality than ever before. Players with a competitive streak are increasingly challenging friends to a FIFA or Call of Duty match, played out in vivid detail across massive HDTVs from home. Solo gamers are investing their money into cutting-edge virtual reality and audio systems that allow them to seamlessly slip into the video game's environment for an experience that takes them to new worlds.
Read on for some of our tips for making gaming fresh and exciting, even for the experienced player.
Don't just play it – Live it
One of the hottest trends in gaming today is virtual reality. Once reserved only for the super-wealthy, virtual reality technology has grown so much over the past few years that VR devices are now accessible to everyone.
Gear VR can be used with your Galaxy Note5, S6, S6 edge or S6 edge+, and an Android Bluetooth controller to play a wide range of video games – from downloadable mobile games to famous console and PC hits. It has fun features like a cooling fan that prevents lens fogging while you're trying to level up. As it tracks the movements of your head, you can look around, explore and really feel like you're living inside the game.
Look for extra RAM
When you're playing on a mobile, you want to make sure that you can enjoy rich-looking graphics for hours at a time without any of the annoying lag that can ruin the most exciting moments in games. Samsung Galaxy Note5 has a whopping 4GB of RAM for all your gaming needs. As a bonus, the powerful S Pen – which feels like a real pen in terms of grip and ease of use – ensures that you get the most precise movements on screen as you play, which is especially helpful for RPGs (role-playing games) and strategy games on mobile.
On mobile, bigger is better
Smartphones are in constant competition for who can produce the slimmest, most powerful and most compact device, but when it comes to gaming on your phone, it's probably preferable to go big or go home.
Don't worry about squinting at the display for a few hours – larger-than life screens, like the 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display on the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ are a must for gamers on the go.
Make the move to tablets
Many mobile gamers are now playing exclusively on tablets, which offer a more immersive audio and visual experience than what they have on smaller smartphones. More RAM and better processors ensure that you can play smoothly for hours, and lots of storage is important for storing new games as they're released. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 not only has an Exynos Octa-core processor running at 1.9 GHz, but offers 32GB of internal storage, which can be expanded as much as you like.
See it with new eyes
Some games are so beautiful that they practically demand a true HDTV. From massive, open-world RPGs where you can view snow-capped mountains in the horizon to fast-paced fighting games where every glimmer of sweat stands out on each character, see those gorgeous graphics the way that they were meant to be enjoyed. Samsung 55" SUHD 4K Flat Smart TV JS7200 Series 7 has four times full HD resolution, which means that you see vivid colour and amazing clarity every time you play. Also, because it's a smart TV, you can also browse and select lots of video game apps that are playable right from your TV and get personalised content and recommendations based on your interests – perfect for when you want to stay up-to-date on all the latest games.