When video games were first introduced to the world in the last few decades of the 20th century, most of them could be played in just one sitting. In fact, many games, such as the ones that could be found in arcades, were rarely more than fifteen minutes long and were based on rounds and levels rather than full-length stories.
These days though, most video games require hours of gameplay to complete and whilst we enjoy games like Skyrim that are packed with content, they are just not viable for busy people. So we thought we’d take a look at some of the shorter, pick-up-and-play games that are available for people who enjoy gaming but simply do not have the time to sit in front of their console for hours on end.
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Arcade games have always been a great option for busy people as they tend to lack the in-depth plots or long video scenes that modern PC games have. Instead you simply boot up the game, play for as long as you like or until you’ve shot down enough baddies or bubbles to feel fulfilled, then you can get on with your day.
Indeed, although arcade games may not be as easy to find in real-world establishments as they once were, there are still thousands of them available on the Internet. Just Google Galaga, Bubble Bobble II, King of Fighters or Dynasty Wars and you’ll find plenty of sites which offer free play.
Finally, smartphone app developers have clearly caught on to the fact that many people prefer short bursts of play over lengthy indulgence. This is probably why games like Flappy Bird and Angry Birds have done so incredibly well over the last few years. That, or people really like birds more than we originally thought.
Even the process of obtaining the games is simple as you simply tap on your smartphone’s app provider, download whatever title you fancy and can begin playing in less than a minute depending on your internet connection. Then, once you’ve run out of time or would like a break, most games will save your progress or high score so that when you return you can continue playing as though you never left.
So, there we have it. Just because you lead a busy life does not mean you can’t relax and unwind by playing games for a few minutes. Whether it’s during a break from work or whilst waiting to pick your kids up from school, we all deserve to play games to our heart’s content.