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.
Cooking games are not just for girls, they are for boys as well. These games are certain types of games that originally teach girls how to cook, and now boys are taking an interest in them as well. Who can blame them? They are fun and educational. Besides, no one is judging. These games will help children prepare for the real world. They can even help them pass for a better grade in their educational classes like in high school or even college.There are millions of chefs around the world who have played these cooking games and these games have just made them better chefs. Some would say this is not possible, but believe it because it is true. Some of these games are very advanced at teaching the player how to cook. These games can show the player the steps that are needed to be taken when cooking certain foods. Children love to have fun when learning. They get a certain satisfaction from learning that you cannot find anywhere else. When you combine fun with that certain satisfaction from learning, you get success.These games are very educational and can even prepare children for a better future. By learning how to cook through fun games, they are giving themselves the option of being able to get through the future easily than they would normally. This especially applies to children who are taking cooking classes in school. Whether in high school or college, these games are sure to make your class easier, and it will be easier for you to get a better grade in that class. Don’t forget how easy it is to learn how to cook when you are playing online games that are fun and addicting.Games like these can especially prepare them for serving food to their guest. Imagine Thanksgiving dinner at your house and you have no idea how to cook a turkey. There is a game for everything. There is even a game for teaching the player on how to cook a turkey right in your very own oven. You won’t be wasting hundreds of dollars on Thanksgiving dinner; you will be cooking your very own turkey right in your own home. When your guest are pleased with what they are eating, you will be very happy to know that you did it all on your own with the help from some free online games.