With life around much of the planet now bouncing between the strange state of the past eighteen months and “business as usual”, people have become much more adept at finding things to do with friends within the online world – or “cyberspace”, as it somewhat amusingly known back in the 1990s and early 2000s. It turns out, there is plenty you can do with your friends without ever actually meeting up in person. You can also get together with your friends and then all just sit around interacting with each other on the web too if that is your preference!
Let’s take a look at a few of the best ways to spend time with your friends, virtually. From blowing each other to bits in Call of Duty to finding the best live casino games online; from meeting up in a virtual chat room to exploring sections of the earth you might never get to experience in real life, here are just a few of the best ideas people have found or suggested in recent times.
Play Online Video Games
Starting with what has become one of the most popular pastimes around the world, you simply can’t beat a good night in playing video games with your friends, with a little help from the latest online technologies. Since the Playstation 3 / Xbox 360 Generation of machines, the technology has been more than capable of allowing you to chat with your friends as you join in a game together.
Playing alongside friends whether cooperatively or against one another is even better on modern systems such as the PS5 and Xbox Series machines, which boast superior graphics, higher frame rates, and much, much faster loading times which all add dramatically to the level of immersion. Sadly though, finding one of these machines can still be difficult a year after release, especially if you are a PlayStation fan.
Try Online Live Casino Gaming
Your local casino might be open again now, but that’s far too much effort isn’t it! Why bother getting dressed up for the casino when you can sit back in your favourite chair, computer in your lap, with your friends sitting virtually next to you around the Blackjack table? You can chat to friends using the integrated chat room functionality, send a message of love for the dealer when they hit you with a pair of tens on your split aces, and if you have a virtual reality helmet such as the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, the latest generation of online live casinos will even present a realistic view of the casino environment around you as well. Technology is amazing these days, isn’t it?
For a more involved evening with a larger group of friends, why not join a table together at the casino’s poker room? Unless the site supports private tables you are likely to have at least one or two unknowns in the mix, but that just adds to the fun – can you and your buddies beat the strangers? Or will it be you who is the fish!
Online Chat Rooms
A simple one, but still a goodie – the old school text-based chat rooms died out a long time ago – unless you are a fan of Internet Relay Chat (IRC) – but the chat room is making something of a comeback in recent times as people have been unable to meet in person and group-based meeting software is now being used on a purely social level by many people. This has proved so popular in some quarters that once-tiny companies such as Zoom have seen their share prices rise exponentially over the past 18 months.
Exploring Google Earth Together
When Google combined Street View technology with Google Earth, it created something truly special. Even the older generations suddenly had an interest in what their children were doing with their computers, as they were amazed to see that they could view far-away pockets of human existence right down to the street level directly from a computer screen.
The satellite views have been increasing every year since launch, and the street level diagrams are updated regularly too. It’s great to come up with different places to “visit” with a friend and virtually wander around the local towns seeing who can find the most interesting places to visit.
A different perspective
The rise of TikTok in Western nations has been unrivaled – even Facebook and Google didn’t go quite as fast as this Chinese internet juggernaut, who Donald Trump wanted to see banned from the US as recently as 2020. Singing and dancing are all the rage on this platform, and taking advantage of this is a new type of online meeting site which allows people of all ages to sing their favourite songs together over the internet. It’s an interesting idea that hasn’t quite reached TikTok’s level of epic fame just yet, but this one could well be one of the next billion-dollar ideas on the web. Only time will tell.