I remember when my siblings and I were kids and our parents brought home our first Atari console. It was the best thing that had ever happened to us. Dad helped us set it up and designated a time frame for daily gameplay. Every day we would follow the gameplay time slot religiously because any deviations would mean that the console would be taken away from us and we just couldn’t let that happen. As the days went by, our fondness for video games grew. I think it was a mix of love for the video games and the lovely time we all spent together that made it so addictive. Oh, those were the good days, when games were simple and life even simpler.

Now the world seems so complicated, but the games, oh the games have evolved into such magnificent virtual worlds you can escape to. Video games in the past meant you bought a console and some video game cassettes, hooked up the console to your TV, and played the games on those cassettes only. There were usually only two controllers that could be attached to the console so that meant if you were more than two siblings or friends you had to wait for your turn. Sometimes it felt like centuries had passed while you sat there waiting to land your hands on the controller.

Modern Video Games

It’s a whole different story now. Video games have moved from primitive consoles to the online realm and things have become so much more exciting. From games like Candy Crush or Angry Birds to Counter-Strike (CS) or Call of Duty (COD) there’s something out there for people of every age, game-type preference, and skill-set to stay entertained. The best part about games like CS or COD is that they are played over the internet and there is no limit to the number of players. So you could be a group of 20 people yet everyone gets to play at the same time at their location even if it’s in a different country.

However, every good thing comes with a catch. The evolution of video games from the Atari consoles to online games played on your PC means that you need a broadband internet connection to be able to play these games. There are certain requirements for such games that need to be met for you to be able to play these games in the first place.

Gaming Device

It’s quite obvious that if you’re not using a console you need another device to play the online games on. Usually, people use their laptop computers or PCs to play first-person shooter games whereas games like Candy Crush are usually enjoyed over smartphones. Nonetheless, whichever online game you choose to play you will need a stable and fast internet connection and these games will use up data while you play as well as when you download them. However, contrary to popular belief, once downloaded, online games do not consume as much data as many people believe they do. Therefore, let me set a few things straight about the internet connection required and the data consumption of online games.

Internet Connection

Once you’ve decided upon your preferred gameplay device it’s time to figure out if your connection is good enough for gaming. You do not necessarily require a 1 Gig fiber-optic connection to be able to shoot some enemies without facing lag. However, you do need a stable connection with reasonable download speed, low ping, and enough data allowance. If you don’t already have a subscription to an internet service provider that fulfills the requirements then we would recommend you check out Spectrum packages that offer reasonable prices, download speed starting at 100 Mbps, and unlimited data.

Download Speed

The download speed plays an important part in your gaming experience, as it is the speed at which you receive information on your device being sent from a remote server. Even if you’re going to be a pro gamer a download speed of around 100 Mbps should be enough for you. A speed much lower than 100 Mbps would do alright too if the latency was low.


Commonly known as Ping, the Latency of an internet connection is the speed at which data is transmitted between the remote server and your computer. The faster this speed the better. Ping is measured in milliseconds (ms) and as long as the rate is under 100 ms you will have no problem experiencing seamless gaming.

Data Allowance

You may have heard people tell you that if you want to play online games you need unlimited data. Even though it is ideal to have unlimited data so you don’t have to worry about your usage, it is not necessary. You can do perfectly fine with a limited data cap as long as you know what your usage is and choose a tier accordingly. Online video games use almost around the same amount of data as a social media platform would use (unless you start watching cat/dog videos and go on for hours). Downloading a video game on the other hand could drain the life out of your data allowance for sure. Video game files are huge so if you don’t have unlimited data allowance you’ll either need to limit your downloading or schedule it for times like the start of the month when you have enough data.

Here’s a table of some major online games and their per hour data usage to give you an idea.

Sr. Online Game   Data Usage (Per Hour)
1   Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 80MB
2   Call of Duty: World War II 40MB
3   Team Fortress 2 80MB
4   Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 250MB
5   Dota 2 120MB
6   Fortnite 100MB
7   Destiny 2 300MB
8   Minecraft Up to 200MB
9   Overwatch 135MB
10   Diablo 3 Up to 26MB
11   League of Legends 45MB
12   World of Warcraft 40MB
13   Grand Theft Auto V Online 60MB


Now you know for sure that you’re probably using way less data while playing games than the rest of the family who may be streaming videos online and eating up on the data allowance like it was a bag of potato chips. So the next time anyone accuses you of being the culprit behind the overage fees you can use this information for your case.


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