Many teenagers play online games with other teenagers as part of out-of-person friendships. But teenagers also play online games with other people that they know either only online or people who are essentially t friends, yet are game partners, and boys who play online games tend to say that they play against or play with these kind of people more often than with those that they don’t know at all. And a similar pattern holds true for girls: girls who play online games with guys are more likely than their female peers to say that they play against males who are also their friends. What causes this pattern?
There is one potential reason why all of them play online games with each other: namely that both groups enjoy playing challenging online games that require quick thinking and quick reactions. This is especially true of games where the participants are on opposite teams – in such games, the boys can be the “good” guys, the girls can be the bad guys, and there is an ongoing battle between them. The bad guys can be anybody from a group of friends that the boys and the girls belong to, or maybe it is just a few random people who have befriended the boys and the girls. This is why air consoles, which are mostly targeted at young boys, are popular games for both airport and multiplayer online games. The boys and the girls can battle it out on the field against each other using hand-held airsoft guns, although there may also be an option for them to play each other in split-screen multiplayer games where the two players are on opposite sides of the screen.
One interesting question is why video-chat is not used in airsoft games. Some researchers believe that since it takes time and effort to exchange messages with friends and family back and forth, video-chatting would not be an optimal way to play online games. However, given the large number of chat rooms and video-chatting sites where people are free to chat away, it may just be possible that the use of video-chatting in airsoft games would not be such a great loss. Even so, it is recommended that friends should always play together in game night events in order to make the most of the experience and develop bonds that will last for years into the future.