Top Online Game Services 2021
By Space Coast Daily // September 28, 2021
As of 2021, there are hundreds of gaming services and platforms available across our varied smart-devices, computers and games consoles. This can make it challenging to know where to start, or to identify just which services offer something extra special in this competitive marketplace.
Here we profile some of the most intriguing, entertaining and innovative gaming services available to explore right now. There’s something here for everyone, whether you’re in the mood for classic parlour games or blockbuster thrills.
Since 2003, Steam has grown to become the premier gaming platform and service for PC gamers. It serves as the major community hub, web-store and game launcher for the global PC gaming market.
Steam is developed by Valve, the legendary game studio behind some of the most influential games of the past 30 years, including Half-Life, Counter-Strike and Portal. Steam’s massive game library is now home to 34,000 games and as of 2021, over 75% of all PC games are purchased through its client.
This makes it all but indispensable to PC gamers and the best place to learn about new releases and catch great deals on indie games and classic titles.
Steam has even tried its hand at hardware, most recently with the upcoming release of the Steam Deck, a handheld device that packs a gaming computer into a chassis only slightly larger than a Nintendo Switch.
The world of online casinos has quietly come of age in the past decade and now represents a rich and varied industry. Among the most popular online gaming platforms is Wildz Casino, which is home to a variety of casino titles ranging from slots games to online versions of table classics such as Blackjack and Roulette.
Some games, including Baccarat and Craps, can also be enjoyed with the addition of live dealers, for added immersion and fun.
Luna is Amazon’s ambitious first step into the world of cloud gaming. This is an innovative market sector that has been causing a stir among the gaming community. Cloud gaming platforms like Amazon’s Luna, Google Stadia and NVidia’s GeForce Now all rely on running graphically demanding games on their servers and streaming the content in real time to the end user.
This circumvents the need to own powerful and expensive gaming computers or consoles, such as the PlayStation 5. For the first time, Triple A titles, such as last year’s Cyberpunk 2077, can be enjoyed by anyone who has a stable internet connection. Luna, like its competitors, can be run straight from a web-browser, or on your smartphone. We can expect to see this market segment continue to hot up as people become aware of the potential latent in this new way of gaming.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
Microsoft’s Xbox ecosystem has been one of the premier locations for top level gaming for the past 20 years. The pioneering Xbox Live service brought online multiplayer experiences within easy reach of millions of gamers the world over. No stranger to innovation, the Xbox has revamped its Xbox Live Gold service, now called Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, to include some cloud gaming functionality.
This means that, similarly to Amazon’s Luna service, you can play your favourite games on whatever device you have on hand at the time. This is a first for the Xbox and its library of games that have hitherto been locked to their consoles.
It also paves the way for Microsoft’s increased efforts at integrating Xbox gaming with its PC ecosystem, with many pundits suspecting we will see Xbox gaming laptops in the near future.