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.

Get Your Game on With a Game Coffee Table

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A fun way of getting the family together in the evening is by using a unique chess game coffee table as a part of the furnishings in your main room. This is a great way to combine a decorative accent with entertainment and family activities.The table is exactly the right height for people to use whether sitting in chairs, on the sofa or just on the floor. With the chessboard designed on the tabletop, there is no need to move heavy boards around the room, and most of these even include a small drawer for storing the chess set when you aren’t playing a game. Some people enjoy having the chess men arranged on the board at all times, ready for use.If this is not your game of choice, there is sure to be a perfect game coffee table that you can select for use in your home. Look for game designs that include backgammon, Parcheesi, or you can have a custom piece made that includes your family’s favorite board game.You can find some models that even have the game board built into the tabletop as a separate section, and it is able to be removed and taken to another room for use. This board removal does not interfere with the use of the furniture, because you slide it out from underneath a permanent glass inlay.Having a game coffee table available in your home makes it easy to engage everyone in a fun activity that can be shared by the entire family, from youngest to oldest. These are also practical and can be used for other purposes besides game playing. You can choose one that is made of wood, glass, or even acrylic, and there are dozens of styles to consider as well.The small storage drawer included on many of these models keeps everything neatly organized, and you don’t spend wasted moments searching for the pieces necessary to play the game. Now instead of just watching the TV, family fun is always within your reach.