The gaming industry has changed drastically over the past decade. Once upon a time the terms ‘clan’ and ‘guild’ were spoken only be a few in the shadows, afraid that public declaration of their favorite past times would render them social curiosities. Luckily for us and the rest of the world, times have changed and the expansion of the gaming industry has resulted in increased exposure of these social hubs, these virtual communities bannered and united by a single name or acronym.
Much of this we have to thank console gaming, and the likes of Call of Duty, FIFA and other annual celebrated releases have thrown gaming into the sunlight of acceptable pastimes. And just like any real life sport or activity, for games to thrive they require team play, and the strong focus on team spirit and collaboration is the reason that clans have grown to be an expected part of the gaming experience.
MMORPGs are really the hub of clan and guilds, and games such as WoW account for a large percentage of clan based activity. Of course there is still room for competitive play here, but it is more of a niche in the player base and isn’t on the same level as clans belonging to the FPS (first person shooter) and RTS (real time strategy) genre. Each of these respectively cater to the more hardcore and competitive crowd, that seek enjoyment from top tier play. It doesn’t necessarily mean that socializing is off the cards, but at the core of their motif is a will to be the best and often pleasantries get thrown out of the window to reach that end. The reduced emphasis on socializing is also partly due to the genre’s natural focus on competitive play over player interaction. Other than options to chat in the lobby, the games’ limited options for interacting with one another ultimately affect the clans that play them, generating contrasting atmospheres to MMORPGs.
But whichever the game of choice and style of play, clans are a great way to explore the gaming world. So check out our clan & guild hosting services, and through the thousands of clans that use them you might just find one to suit you. Or perhaps, start your own.
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