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 gaming is mostly dominated by younger generation although there are several online games dedicated to people belonging to different age groups. Also majority of the players are men, nevertheless the count of female players are fast rising as the games are becoming more popular among social networking sites and dating communities.In the earlier days, games were produced targeting the general players but today the scene has changed a lot. With hundreds of manufactures joining the league, every company is struggling for excellence. In this effort, they are into manufacturing games with customized features targeting different types of audiences.Games designed for female players are much in demand. Such games have increased the number of female players. Latest survey shows that around 40 percent of the gamers are girls.Games meant for girls have a female for their first person character. Although these games are generally targeted towards female players, there are certain games that are popular among men too. Games involving dating and homely affairs are quite interesting and a different experience from the usual gaming stuff that involves intense violence or relentless chasing.If you are looking for some good girl’s games search for simulation, doll, honey etc. There are also several browser games that are popular among girls. Every site featuring online games have a collecting of fancy games fit for younger girls as well as older ladies.Role play are most popular among girls. They are more adventures and versatile in their tasks and missions. Games like Virtual Reality, Eve Online, Sims and Lineage are among the most downloaded versions. They are highly engaging and befitting someone who wants a day out from all their usual home and job pressures. They also bring out the creative side in women who, throughout the game, are inspired to think in various innovative ways.If you want to make the gaming experience more enjoyable, try out multi player game systems. There was a time when multi player gaming sites were full of boys. The scene has changed a lot within a short span of time. Nowadays experienced female gamers are into multiplayer online gaming and they give the boys a run for their money. But definitely, it would take some time for a new player to start enjoying their game over a popular multiplayer system. If you are a beginner, then single partner games would be more fun.If you are on the intellectual side, then you can opt for games like chess, puzzle games, carom, Chinese checker, so on and so forth. They might be a bit slow but they are apt in activating the right side of your brain. And once you start winning over your machine, you would find them all the more attractive.