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.
There are a variety of tips and tricks that anyone can use to improve their memory and overall brain function. You are really going to want to learn about these. However, you are going to have the best results if you spend some time playing games designed to improve your memory. That’s right! Improving your memory is a game.Remember that your brain also needs times of rest. The point is not to be spending all of your time doing memory improving puzzles and games. Think of it like a physical exercise routine. Many doctors might recommend that you exercise for an hour or three days a week. Overdoing it is not healthy. Likewise spend a little time each day playing some of these games.One of the easiest and most effective gains that you can play for improving your memory is match. This is the game where you lay a deck of cards face down in a square pattern. Then you turn over cards to at a time. If the two cards you turn over match a number then you remove them from the pile. If they don’t match, then you simply turn them back over. The key is to memorize where the cards are that you’ve seen so that when you turn over its pair you know where the other one is.There are other kinds of games that involve memory exercise. Not all of them involve using a deck of cards. It’s a good idea to look around for a few such games and then alternate between them. The danger of just plain match all the time is that you can easily get bored of it. Or, even if you don’t get bored you can just get used to the game and can become less of a challenge or less effective. Changing things up with new games is a good way to keep your mind sharp.Another card game that is particularly helpful is gin rummy. In order to play gin rummy successfully you have to remember what cards have been played previously or haven’t shown up in the pile. He had to keep all that in your head. Even if you are not good at it that act of playing is enough. Remember it’s not how good of a result that you get that’s important. The key thing is that your brain gets a workout.Consistency is important. Ideally you want to make it a habit to engage in needs brain boosting games and activities on a regular basis. No exercise is useful to your body or mind, or even spirit unless it’s done on a regular basis. So, start making brain exercise a habit.