Unless you are part of the gaming community you probably won’t understand just how social gaming really is. We are one big and happy family, who embrace difference and champion inclusivity. So we thought we would dedicate this week’s blog to the incredible online community platforms that allow us to connect with each other and talk about the things we enjoy! Being part of a community is amazing for your sense of wellbeing and a great way to enrich your confidence.

Like the games and gamers we love, online gaming communities come in different shapes and sizes—some are focused on reviewing games, some on specific games and franchises, some on news or guides, and many with different facets and discussion threads for every gaming topic you could want. They’re also full of other gamers who also want to connect and dive in while playing at home.

In general, getting involved in online communities is a great way to build your network and get more in tune with both the industry at large as well as more specific segments within it. Community engagement can help you improve your game, whether by learning from other players, picking up tips and tricks through discussion threads, or simply by amping up your excitement and sense of connection. And on top of all that, it can also help grow and establish your audience.

While there are numerous options, we’re going to write about our favorite gaming communities for you to join in 2022. Make it the year to find your tribe in the gaming world.

GameFAQs

GameFAQs is one of the most tried and true online gaming communities. Created in 1995 as a forum for gamers to post—as the title says—frequently asked questions about games and gaming, it was also from the get-go the foremost platform for video game walkthroughs and guides. Now with over 40,000 video game FAQs, GameFAQs has got the answers for almost any game you could name and any struggle you’ve had with playing it. Oh, and it also has thousands of cheat codes . . . in case you ever want one of those.

IGN

Run by the video game producer and entertainment company, IGN Network (formerly Imagine Games Network), the IGN website and online community is a leading source for video game news, reviews, and walkthroughs. For one thing, the usability and design of the site is pristine—simple, clean and very easy to navigate, with boards and Wikis separated out by console. But the forum also has topic upon topic to peruse discussions of and add to yourself, and the cherry on top is that the community is very friendly. A winner all the way around.

eFuse

It would be wrong of us not to include eFuse as one of the best communities in gaming and esports. The social media platform, often titled as “The LinkedIn for Gamers,” has developed a booming community to not only help you connect with other gamers, but potential employers, tournaments, and collegiate opportunities. The company has become one of the biggest sources of tournaments in games like Call of Duty: Warzone, Rocket League, Apex Legends, and Fortnite.

If you haven’t created your own account, you’re missing out!

Artie

Artie, a Los Angeles-based gaming startup backed by figures like NBA star Kevin Durant and Scooter Braun, is planning on making waves in the blockchain gaming sphere. The company plans on delivering mobile games that play automatically without requiring downloads through Apple or Google. The brand has already expanded the Artieverse through its first NFT drop, but it’s obvious that bigger plans are on the horizon as it continues to tap into the hype of the metaverse.

“We can deliver something that feels as good as a Nintendo Switch game, but it requires no hardware or app download whatsoever,” CEO Ryan Horrigan told GamesBeat.

However, what truly makes Artie shine is its community. The Artieverse Discord server boasts over 12,000 members at the time of this writing, and the channels are always booming. If you’re looking for a cool, friendly NFT community, Artie is it.

The Verge

Vox Media’s site, The Verge, comes in next on our list. Founded in 2011, the community site is a bit more wide-ranging than others, encompassing not just gaming but also tech, science, art, culture and how and where they all intersect. Honestly, the site feels like it is itself the intersection with its cool-kid, high-tech look and navigation ease. But beyond appearances, the media content is top-notch, too, with articles like “PS5 vs. Xbox Series X: a complicated battle of SSD and GPU series” and “Co-founder therapy teaches tech bros how to be in their feelings”—or a timely piece in more ways than one: “The creators of Animal Crossing hope New Horizons can be ‘an escape’ in difficult times.” It also has an entire page strictly devoted to Fortnite beyond its normal gaming content. So, Fortnite enthusiasts, definitely check it out STAT.

VGR

A part of VGR’s broader gaming news and guides site, the VGR forums are both welcoming and comprehensive. They’ve got boards for general gaming, gaming news and video games, which have discussions on things like gamers’ thoughts on violence from gaming and its connection to life outside, the oldest video games gamers remember playing, and movies gamers wish were made into games. But the site also has boards for video game deals, esports and competitive gaming, auctions, and one of the nicest—an introductions board for new members. This site’s got everything covered. We’re fans.

NeoGAF

Called Gaming-Age Forums back in the day, NeoGAF is a discussion forum that used to be linked to a video games news website but then broke out on its own. They, of course, have boards for all things gaming—with things like opinion columns on Xbox’s 16GB memory, analyses of whether the XSX’s move to use 52 CUs was effective, and the plain-old-fun NeoGAF March GIF and Meme contest. But they also have boards for politics and anything else “gaffers,” as they affectionately call NeoGAF participants, want to discuss (plenty of off-topic dives!) as well as a full “Communities” section with more threads and ongoing groups.

the*gameHERs

the*gameHERs have been cultivating an amazing community in gaming and esports for a while, and now they’ve developed their own social media app. The new app, available on Android and iOS devices, has created a “safe and supportive space for women and femme identifying gamers to meet, chat, and play.” While the app is filled with familiar social media posts, the interesting feature is its Meet sections, which allows you to connect with others in the app when you’re trying to find some friendly teammates to play with. No matter what game you play, there’s always someone to connect with. Beyond that, it’s one of the friendliest and most wholesome communities in the gaming universe.

For more information, check out (and download) the*gameHERs App!

BFF

BFF is a women-powered community for the crypto curious. The Web3 community is backed by some major names including Mila Kunis, Kate Hudson, and even Tyra Banks. One of the best things about BFF is its mission to educate while creating a welcoming atmosphere that’s filled with an awesome mixture of the crypto curious and blockchain OGs. If collecting NFTs is something you enjoy or want to learn more about, BFF is the perfect place to connect with others. The company launched their own NFT journey with BFF Bracelets and most recently its inaugural NFT collection You.

You “celebrates the uniqueness of women and non-binary friends across our community and the world.” The collection launched 10,000 unique pieces for collectors to mint. Each NFT has perks built in and also promises utility within the BFF universe. For more information, check out BFFs official website and join their community!

Ritual Motion Discord

And last, but certainly not least, is our very own Discord Server. It’s important to us that all members of our RM community have a place to learn from and share with each other and us. We want to hear from you—what you need, what you’re working on, what you’re having difficulties with, what move or game you just demolished, what would help you feel better while gaming, etc., etc. We use our Discord to post updates and news from our own company as well as that of the wider gaming world, varsity esports, pro teams and major tournaments. But we also want you to be able to connect with other Ritualists who share the same values and want to keep building a group of gamers they can grow with. From keeping updated on Ritual Motion news to joining us for Community Game Night, we have one of the best gaming communities around!

Get social, gamers and win well.