Online Games – Can We Make Money Playing Them?

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.

Online Games for Children

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I can remember when I was growing up; I would spend sometimes a good part of my small allowance on video games at the arcade. From “Pong,” to “Street Fighter,” there were so many ways to spend my money it was incredible how I saved anything. However, somewhere in the dust of time, the video arcades lost steam in the local malls, and stores.Some stores still carried “Pac Man” and different memorable games in the early 1990′s but by then I was in the middle of my career, and really had not thought much of them. I suppose kids lost interest in spending money on them as well. Though I should tell you that there were really some awesome video games that could not be competed with no matter how hard they tried. It is because now in the early part of the 21st century, they have games that you buy at the store, but we already know that. The history is still in my mind though.The larger market in video games usually goes to kids and teens with Nintendo, Game Boy, PSP, and other top brands of video games. All the kids now either have one, or have a friend that has something of a video game to play while at home.What do the younger children have to play with? Well, if you have a computer and an internet connection there is a good possibility with many sites, and it is possible to find games. Now there are games that you younger kids can sink their teeth into, (assuming they have them developed by now), I am talking about games that a 2-6 year old can play, and interact with as they learn.There are many websites which was created just for small people… young children who are just beginning to learn how fun learning can be. On these sites you can find online games for children, learning games, puzzles for small kids, online coloring for child, games for toddlers and many other games. This kind of the games challenges the intellect of your child at his development, and helps him learn easier and more fun.15-20 minutes a day may help improve your child’s education over time. These kinds of games are helpful for positive creative thinking and allow problem-solving activity to form in their minds. It’s fun, easy, and challenging at the same time.