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.
We all know that online or offline poker comes down to basically two things: Increasing your ROI (return of investment), and decreasing your mistakes. If you are capable to master each of those areas you will soon achieve outstanding results with this fantastic indoor game. Playing poker is definitely a question of knowing what you want to get out of the game. Even though live and online poker is so similar, most people can’t decide and stick to one method for the first few months or years. Let’s review both variants…Online poker:Playing poker on the internet is a totally different game than playing live poker. You will play a ton more hands on average, because you have the possibility to sit on multiple tables at the same time. That means that having patience for receiving great cards is no longer a question. Because you will be dealt at least 10 times more hands than you could ever be dealt in a life game, it should make sense that you have to focus on more tables at the same time. Most younger players start with online poker because it simply is awesome to play from home, come and go whenever you like. The benefits definitely exceed the ones that we see.Offline poker:Offline poker requires a higher financially commitment when you want to play professionally. Casinos start at higher stakes, and you need to have a solid bankroll to be properly equipped for a possible downswing that will happen sooner or later. It doesn’t make sense to play live poker if you can’t afford at least 20 buy-ins of the current level. You will only be capable to play one table at a time, and will be dealt far fewer hands than in online poker. You need more patience and observing skills than you would online. The great thing about live poker is that there are so many amateurs and people who simply go to the casino for fun, that with enough practice you should be capable to kill most live limits.Both poker variants and possibilities are legitimate. It doesn’t matter if you start off with online or offline poker because the strategy is always the same. You need to understand that a serious player plays for winning money, and eventually creating a living with this method. It is a great idea to start playing micro stakes online if you shouldn’t have the current bankroll for bigger games. Simply buy in for an amount you are comfortable to play and improve your game day by day.