Everyone loves using the internet to make the hobby of gaming easier. Let’s face it, there is no need in today’s modern society to deal with the mess and limitations of board games, or the hassle of having to drive to the arcade and waste your hard earned money. With the internet presenting itself to people of all ages, all over the world, as one of the most effective connective mediums, people can open up their eyes to a modern and realistic world of gaming that has no limits. War games and RPG games are swiftly becoming some of the most beloved online games to get lost in. with a level of appeal that draws in a broad audience, and a realistic nature that nothing can quite compare to, people are getting addicted to fighting games and RPG games every day.What is it that people love so much about playing online battle games? Well, for starters, this games come in all levels of difficulty, so no matter how old or young you are, you will be able to challenge yourself appropriately. Additionally, people are falling in love left and right with the realistic factor associated with war games. You can actually immerse yourself in what seem to be real life war scenarios that allow you to get lost in the world of online gaming. People of various skill levels can all get something out of war games because on the internet there is such a huge spectrum of options to sift through. From simple, funny, and amusing war games, to more involved war games that will put you in the shoes of a soldier putting his life on the line, you will be able to select your skill level and preference and enjoy this genre for hours on end.Since people are falling in love with putting themselves in the shoes of others through the world of online gaming, another popular category is RPG games. RPG games are essentially known as role playing games, and in this unique category, people are able to take on different personas to follow out the game. People love to immerse themselves in role playing games because they allow them to escape reality by assuming the role of a character in a fictional setting. Through a structured process of decision making, you will lead your character in the direction of your choice, and ultimately your actions will be responsible for the demise or prosperity of the character you are in control of. Both RPG games and war games are adding a level of intensity to the hobby of online gaming, that cannot be denied. Children and adults, alike, are kissing their board games and arcade trips goodbye, and opening their eyes to a new world of immersion, brought to them by free and addicting online games.
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.