When we refer to online games we are normally referring to video type games that we play on a computer via the internet. Some video games are played over the internet using mobile phones and video consoles, but generally speaking online games means computer games that need an internet connection to be played. Simple text-based multiplayer games were the first of these types of games as internet connections were slow and expensive when these games were first introduced in the 1980s. Gradually these games became popular in the 1990s, with today’s online games featuring virtual communities, realistic graphics and multiplayer games where people can even play one to one or in knock out tournaments for cash prizes. We all know that the internet is the fastest growing market place in the history of the world but did you know that there is an online games sector that is growing 4 times faster than the internet overall! Yes! and it’s the “Online Skill Games” market.There are many styles of Online GamesSome of the different types of online games that exist:1. Real time strategy games: This type of game is all about strategy where, for your army to fight successfully against the other internet players you need to develop a game plan by building lots of resources2. First person shooter: Here the players compete with each other one to one. In most first-person type games, the online game allows the death match or arena style of play. In this style of game play the view you see is the one seen from your character’s eyes.3. Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG): In this type of game each person has to keep trying to reach the next highest level until he has reached the top one written for that game and these online games can have, simultaneously, thousands of players from every part of the globe, playing in a giant virtual world interacting against or with each other. Gamers can keep playing these types of games for months or even years!4. Browser type games: These are pastime games that are quick, simple and small that are played in your browser. The popular Java and Shockwave technologies are used to develop these games.5. Online skill games: An online skill based game is a web game played in tournament format or one to one. Each player pays a cash entry fee to play with a cash or merchandise prize going to the winner or winners. The outcome of each competition is based on the player’s ability and performance not luck.How Do Online Game Companies Make MoneyAll games today, are playable online. How do we make money? This is the question that companies making the online games have to ask themselves. The majority of companies make single-player games that are played at home and in this the player has to beat the artificial intelligence of the enemy. Today these games normally include an online multiplayer version which can be played against or with other Internet players. By selling their game DVD/CDs is how these companies earn their profit e.g. Warcraft 3 and Counter Strike. Advertising and promotions is how browser game companies make their money. MMORPG companies generally charge their players a monthly fee and continue to add content by programming new scenarios etc in their games e.g. Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft. Some don’t, but survive because their DVD/CD sales are high e.g. Guild Wars.What is the future of online games?Soon there will be a new entry into the online skill games market. According to their Free Online Games Market Report they will be the first company with their new online skill games platform, to launch a business that encapsulates three of the newest phenomena on the internet today. Online Games Entertainment, Social Networking using web 2.0 and a new way of marketing which has been described as Social Marketing 2.0. One of the core differences with this new platform over the conventional models is that we the players can if we want share in the profits while we play our games. With the market today (2007) worth approximately $5.2 billion USD and predicted to rise in the next 3 years to over $13 billion USD that’s $412 per second and with social networking sites already reaching 45% of web users and the 4 major Instant Messengers having more than 400 million users between them this potentially could be a whole lot of money.
An online game is a game which is played online on the computer. Its expansion has reflected on the overall expansion of computer networks and it ranges from small local networks to the internet and access of internet access itself.Online games can range from simple text based games to games which incorporate complex graphics and virtual worlds which has been populated by many players worldwide simultaneously. Many gaming products can be associated with online communities which make online games a form of social activity beyond single player games. Multi player games are a lot of fun as you compete against other players who live in different parts of the world. You have to finish the game you are playing within a limited period of time and your scores are compared with theirs at the end of each round. There are some online games where you can also got to a higher level depending on your confidence and knowledge of the game. These games are all free and they do not require any registration or knowledge. You just have to enter your name and start playing.New age online computer games have become a real trend, fascination and at many points of time an addiction also. These new age gaming products give you more choices, more variety and more knowledge. What ever kind of new age game you opt to play it will definitely be relaxing, entertaining, thrilling and hours of fun.Given below is a list of most popular online gaming products which are thoroughly enjoyable and can be easily accessed and played online. They are categorized as puzzles, brain fitness, card games and word games.Puzzles: Collapse, Crosswords, Daily Jigsaw, Fishdom, Marbly, Sudoku.
Brain Fitness: Secret Files, Shapes and Colors, Split Words, The Squeaking Mouse.
Card Games: Addicture Solitare and Daily Mah Jong.
Word Games: Bookworm Deluxe, Daily Jumble, Super Text Twist, and Word Round Up.These games are easy to play and have instructions. Besides this, they are also very well animated with graphics, colors, patterns and some even have music. A huge advantage is that most of these online games from the above list are both child and adult friendly. Besides being hours of fun and sometimes even an addiction there is always something you can learn from the above categorized list. For example, the brain fitness games test your knowledge, the word games increases your vocabulary, the card games improves your concentration and the puzzles also focus on concentration but also eye coordination.