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.

Make it the Best Christmas Eve Ever With These Awesome Games

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With all the anticipation on Christmas Eve, often you don’t think to play games. Since most people can’t sleep anyway, playing a few Christmas games can be a really fun way to pass time.Christmas Eve HuntMany adults and children feel anxious on Christmas Eve, anticipating all the presents and pleasure on Christmas Day. Bring a bit of fun to gift giving with a Christmas Eve hunt. It adds time and excitement to the tradition of opening one gift on Christmas Eve.Make up a hunt complete with clues so children can follow them to find their gifts. Instead of placing the gift under the Christmas tree, place it elsewhere so the children need to carefully follow the clues to find it. Write your clues on extra Christmas cards or index cards cut into the shape of Christmas bells. You can even write clues on paper or cardboard Christmas ornaments.No matter where you decide write your clues, write a clue on each item and leave it around the house. Hand each player their first clue. It might read, “You eat dinner here” and the player would run to the dining room table. On the table, you will place another clue stating, “We pour this over cereal” with another clue attached to the milk. The last clue can be the actual Christmas gift itself. To make the hunt even more fun, have the gift turn up under the Christmas tree. That’s a trick nobody will think of!The Circle GameMany people have a large gathering of friends and family on Christmas Eve. If you have a lot of guests, play a circle game. Everyone gets in a circle and the first person starts by saying, “There is a candy cane in my Christmas stocking.” The next person says, “There is a candy cane and a hat in my Christmas stocking.” As each person continues, they state the previous items and add one of their own. All the items must be repeated in alphabetical order to make the game even more challenging. When you miss an item, you are out of the game. The person who remembers all the items at the end is the winner of the circle game.Christmas Musical ChairsMusical chairs is a timeless game you can enjoy on Christmas Eve, too. Play upbeat, familiar Christmas tunes everyone knows. Make the players sing along and dance as they run around the chairs. With everyone dancing and singing, usually one or two players do not realize when the music stops. Just like classic musical chairs, the loser is the player who does not get a chair when the Christmas music stops playing.Where’s Santa On Christmas Eve?The major event on Christmas Eve is Santa Claus coming to town. Since Santa’s arrival is on everyone’s minds, play a game of where’s Santa on Christmas Eve. Everyone sits in a circle and a person is chosen to play Rudolph. That person leaves the room momentarily. Santa is chosen from those left in the room then Rudolph comes back to seek out Santa. As Rudolph looks for Santa, the person playing Santa winks at people in the circle and they yell out, “Ho, ho, ho!”. When Rudolph discovers who Santa is, another Rudolph and Santa are picked for the game to continue.The Christmas Card GameUsually Christmas cards are on display for weeks before Christmas Eve, so why not play with them on Christmas Eve? Set up a gift box or laundry basket a few feet away so guests can try to toss the Christmas cards into the basket. Though it seems easy, cards are all different shapes, weights and sizes. This makes the Christmas card game more challenging than you think.