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.
Recently playing poker has become very popular all around the world. One of the main reasons for that is because there are many international poker tournaments and celebrity poker events shown on television. In case you want to learn how to play poker or simply make your poker skills better, then I suggest you to find some poker books. There are many wonderful poker books that can teach you everything about poker, even how to play as a professional.If you have never played before and you want to take a few basic lessons then it would best for you if you purchase poker books for beginners. They will teach you the basics – the rules, the etiquette and the card variations. Even if you are really interested in poker and you would like to become an expert in it, if you are a novice, you should get poker books and get down to studying.Once you get started, the game will enchant you and you would want to learn everything about the different card combinations and the best way to play them. Of course, poker as many other card games is a game of chance. However, there are many things you can do after the cards are dealt, so that you will have better chances at winning. Poker books will provide you with information what you should and shouldn’t do when playing the game. Many books have explanations how you should play every possible card combination. Whether you will pass on or go “all in” depends on your cards and if you want to take the right decision, you should read some poker books.There are also many poker books for advanced players who wish to learn the more difficult and tricky moves and techniques. Many of the books we are talking about are written by famous professional poker players. If you get a book from a pro and you learn it, then no matter on what table you sit in, you will not look like an amateur. Apart from the poker tips and moves, these books often include interesting stories from the poker tables.Poker is a wonder game that everyone enjoys. Being such a popular game, there are many stories to be told about poker games. Some of the poker books contain only stories but they can be interesting for both beginners and professionals. Reading about how a complete beginner participated in a poker tournament and got a million dollar award winning first place will make you put more efforts into learning how to play poker. It will also give you hope that maybe one day if you practice long enough you could also win a big tournament.