Gaia Online is a blend of social and gaming MMO experience with its origins related to an anime based forum that has since grown to be deeper offering. In the current website iteration of Gaia Online players can connect with others, chat on the forums, play games and create their own avatar while collecting fashionable items.
Launching in 2003 Gaia Online has had a long evolution to reach this point and while it has grown from a simple community forum this has not seen Gaia Online lack in popularity with millions of registered accounts and unique visitors each month to the website. Following this success the game was brought to iOS and Android devices via the Go Gaia apps. With a wealth of content on offer players are generally free to explore the website and linked activities as they see fit with no correct way to play or engage with the community.
For most players though Gaia Online will centre around the creation of their own Gaian that serves as their avatar and can be customised with countless options. Gaia Online lets you choose your skin, eyes, hair, gender, clothing and even lets you choose your own fantasy inspired race. Starting with basic fashion options you’ll eventually be able to access additional clothing pieces through the NPC stores with Gaia Cash which are earned from activity or paid for with real money.
Accordingly to accumulate game currency players will spend much of their time on the various forums which have plenty of categories that cover most modern pop culture topics. Be it gaming, general entertainment, art, anime or the latest music release you’ll find a location to discuss it in the Gaia forum component. While similar to most online community forums the size of the audience and having your personalised avatar appear alongside your posts provides a little extra touch of personalisation.
When you aren’t posting on the forums you can play games from the large collection of casual games available through the website which will also give you amounts of Gaia Cash and serve as mini games while waiting for a forum response from another user. Those that aren’t game orientated aren’t without options though with other options to past the time including an aquarium, house, rally racing and Hollywood inspired clubs which all have comparable customisation elements to avatars.
Events are also a staple feature of Gaia Online with its well known site wide events that also often pair with the guild function and are based on real world events such as Halloween, Valentine’s Day and Christmas. Often focused on once off items these events gives players a second pathway to building out their closet of avatar clothing options.
- Mixes social and gaming genres together with a community that started primarily as an online forum
- Large list of things to customise from your avatar to house, car and aquarium with each having a vast range of items.
- Easily meet new people and make friends with interest based guilds and forum sections for all lifestyle categories.
- Suitable for a wide variety of age groups with players able to design their own adventure and focus on what they want.
- Play a number of games and mini-games on the side to earn currency to invest in your avatar and other customisable elements.
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