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.

Flexing Your Gray Matter With the Mindflex Game

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Ever wanted to kick intellectual sand in the faces of all those super smart nerds, that have Charles Atlas style brains in Johnny Weissmuller leopard print trunks? Yeah, it’s time to get one back for all those poor jocks with low neuronal synapses. It’s time for revenge of the jocks with the latest gadget, toy or game (call it what you want!) known simply as the Mindflex game. This article will discuss what exactly the Mindflex game is and who it is aimed at.The mindflex game is a recent development by Mattel, one of the biggest toy manufacturers going round the block. And for the sake of transparency, it is a toy, not a gizmo that will turn you into the lawnmower man (sorry Jocks). The makers do not claim that you will develop any super sensory powers but it is supposed to help with things like concentration and it does aim to help you think about improving your mental abilities (which must be a good thing…if you think about it).So how does it work? Well the mindflex game is a 21 st century board game. The aim of the game is to move a foam ball round an obstacle course. The novel way in which you do this is with the power of your brain waves. Huh? Brainwaves? What you talking about Willis?I know it sounds a bit like a science fiction movie but you strap on a headset and nifty little ear clips. These devices monitor the level and intensity of your brainwaves and feed them back to the game. And this affects how you can manipulate the ball (there are a few other things that make the ball move but I won’t spoil it for you). The ball literally will float on thin air and you can move it through tunnels and funnels. Over hoops and other obstacles. There is even an obstacle described as a teeter tot.There are five challenges out of the box. These involve maneuvering the ball through the course and performing various tasks, like shooting the ball at a target. If you get sick of these then you can make your own course as the obstacles are fully configurable.Mattel haven’t revealed how the system works but it has certainly marveled plenty of crowds at various expos and trade fairs earlier in the year. To this extent it is sure to be a firm favorite as a Christmas present for kids and adults alike. I’d say it is a great gift for kids 8 and over as it does require concentration to work and a decent attention span.