The gaming industry has come far from being a small niche arena restricted to a certain age group. It has evolved and transcended all barriers pertaining to age, gender, and personality. Today, everyone is engrossed in gaming. Be it PUBG on your mobile phone or Call of Duty on your PC, we’re all a part of this massive ecosystem that we refer to as the gaming industry. Each year, the gaming sector generates over $160 billion around the world. These numbers showcase a meteoric rise, as a decade ago in 2010, the number was just $25.1 billion.
Over the years, a lot has changed, including hardware, graphics, processors, sound cards. The development of better hardware coupled with faster processors has catapulted gaming to new heights. Modern games that we play today seem like we’re in a real-world simulation. The graphics are so unreal and the interaction is just unbelievable. No wonder, why even Reddit has a dedicated subreddit called r/Gaming.
Today, we’ll be reviewing one of the most popular subreddit which is called r/Videos.
My recent experience on r/Gaming
The most recent post that I saw on r/Gaming really moved me. It featured an old man exercising his playful demons using a V/R headset. What’s so lovely about this post was the caption. The user u/randybigbones shared ‘I used to play games in the basement of his house, now he plays games in my basement’. This post was such a breath of fresh air in a time where older generations are treating the youth like an outcast because of the dependence on technology. The post within 12 hours of its upload raked in an impressive 66,000 upvotes.
About r/Gaming – Community & Members
With over 26 million members, r/Gaming is definitely one of the biggest subreddits on the platform. I remember starting to follow this page when it was at 1 million. I can’t believe how far it has come since it began its journey back on September 17, 2007. The community is expanding and not that it’s bad, but over a period of time, the signal to noise ratio becomes hard to manage.
How to access r/Gaming?
If you’re already a Reddit member, you can simply type ‘r/Gaming’, in your search bar and follow the subreddit. However, if you’re new to the platform, you’ll need to create an account and confirm your email address. Once you do so, you’ll be able to follow subreddits, comment on posts, and even post anything on any of the subreddits.
Moderators of r/Gaming
r/Gaming is one of the biggest communities on Reddit. So huge that it can easily start its own independent platform. 22 million by no means is a small number and thus managing the community and maintaining the decorum cannot be an individual’s responsibility. As seen with other huge subreddits, there are quite a few moderators to ensure smooth day-to-day functioning on these pages.
In r/Gaming’s case, I found 10 main moderators at the time of writing this review – Dacvak, synbios16, gamingmoderator, mookler, Rlight, Analtoast, delicious_cheese, MisterWoodhouse, Redbiertje, and Umdlye.
Why should you follow r/Gaming?
You’ll find thousands of videos and photos posted each day on this subreddit. Due to the sheer volume of the content posted on this site, each post cannot go through an approval process. It’s a super active page and thus the best content on any given day is able to garner 30,000-80,000 upvotes within 24 hours. I mean just by the engagement rate, you can figure that r/Gaming is basically the biggest platform for gamers. For instance, the top five posts today have a cumulative 300,000 upvotes. (JUST 5 POSTS).
I love active communities on Reddit, and this one’s definitely a livewire. The problem with this subreddit is that you can’t judge it on the basis of comments. Thus, if we were to see it on the basis of upvotes, I feel that it gets over 1+ million upvotes every day. As far as the interaction goes, there’s an average of 200-250 comments on each post. In some of the most popular posts, the number even surpasses 1k comments.
Navigation & Playback
Since r/Gaming is a massive gaming subreddit, you’ll find images, videos, and even GIFs. Overall, navigating around the menus is seamless. Honestly, I don’t have any trouble with browsing and navigation on any of Reddit’s pages. Yes, there are times when too many people from the subreddit are online at once and that creates an overload which takes about 5 seconds to get back on track. But overall, watching videos, using sorting functions, commenting, and interacting with users is spotless.
On average, the top post on the day can receive anywhere between 3-5 golds. But it’s just the top few posts that get the most golds. The ones on 5th position and below hardly even get any silver even though they have like 40,000+ upvotes. Nonetheless, this isn’t an easy community to please and you’ve to bring your A-game if you’re to receive gold from a fellow member(s).
Filter by flair
Similar to r/SciFi, r/Gaming doesn’t have an in-depth ‘Filter by Flair’ categorization either. This means that the posts are visible in random order without any tags. So, there aren’t many ways in which you can sort the content based upon your preference. This is slightly disappointing given that other subreddits are making the most of this feature and are segregating the content to elevate the user experience.
Important rules you must know before joining r/Gaming?
Most of the Reddit enthusiasts don’t think twice before joining a community. They forget to read the rules and often end up violating them. This gets them blocked from the page for life. You don’t want that to happen to you and thus here are certain r/Gaming rule tags that you ought to follow.
1. Not directly gaming related or generic meme template
2. Bandwagon or direct reply post
4. Unmarked spoiler / Unmarked NSFW
5. Giveaway / Trade / Contest / Item for sale
6. Source original uploader
7. No spamming or excessive self-promotion
8. Crowdfunding ‘reminder’ post
10. AMA related rule
Just make sure to check each of these rules out using the drop-down menu towards the right.
I really love the background banner on this subreddit. It looks super clean with different icons related to gaming. You’ll find clean vectors of Ludo, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PlayStation, and PC among a few others. I just love how these icons have been designed to fit right in. It really gives this subred a distinctive feel as most of the competitive subreddits have a flat cover image.
As for the layout and design of this page, you’ll find a ‘Join’ button right besides r/Gaming. Under that, you’ll find three options – Posts, Community Rules, and Other communities. Below that, you have the content bar, where you can create a post – add pictures or attachment. Under the posting section, you have three sorting options – Hot, New, Top.
5 Most Upvoted Content on this subreddit
1. Take your time, you got this – 268,000 upvotes
2. I got off the horse by accident right before a cutscene in red dead – 226,000 upvotes
3. ‘Play until we lose’ – 193,000 upvotes
4. Can we please boycott Star Wars Battlefront 2 – 182,000 upvotes
5. As a teen in the 80s, my conservative God-fearing family won’t let me own Dungeons & Dragons. Thirty years later, my son and I are starting our D&D Journey. – 175,000 upvotes
5 Most Upvoted Content 2020
1. Actual math teacher recording and teaching actual math in Half-Life: Alyx – 160,000 upvotes
2. It’s VR Jenga but your fingers get longer after every move. You in? – 148,000 upvotes
3. Why Jedis should never come to the dark side of the map – 142,000 upvotes
4. Valve announces Half-Life Alyx, its first flagship VR game – 142,000 upvotes
5. Cool new card from Activision Blizzard’s Hearthstone! – 140,000 upvotes
If you want your daily dose of gaming posts and videos, you should look no further than r/Gaming. It is filled with content every day with users adding more than a thousand posts including images and videos every day. I like this page, even though most users on it act like a diva, that’s a small price you ought to pay for being a part of a gigantic community.