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.

Scattergories Game

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Since the late 1980s, the game Scattergories has been around as published by Hasbro’s board game brand Milton Bradley Corporation. Throughout these years, it remains to be one of the most the most favored fast-paced word games of all time. Its unstoppable rise to fame has led to the creation of its different versions. It has even spawned its own daytime television game show with NBC’s Dick Clark in the early 1990s.What makes this game so exciting is that every player has to think fast! Each of the players has to give names of the objects per category indicated in the drawn card. The names of the things should also start with the designated particular letter.This classic game includes 6 folders, 48 category cards, 1 answer pad, 6 pencils, 20-sided die, 6 plastic clip strips, timer, die-rolling board and instructions sheet.But as was said, it is now accessible in different versions. For one, little kids aged 8 to 12 years old can have the same fun adults have had by playing Scattergories. The Junior Edition of this game contains categories related to kid stuff from schools, likes, dislikes, animals and similar topics.For those wanting to enhance spiritual learning, there is also a version of this game apt for you. The Bible Edition does not only promote fun and entertainment for the entire family. It can also serve as the catalyst for truly valuable faith-related discussions.The Scattergories Platinum Edition is made more remarkable because of the electronic unit that is now in-charge of drawing the categories and letters. Categories and letters will come up randomly, but there is a setting that allows players to either make the category or the letter to stay the same or change after every answer.If you rather want to bring this game along with you and your family during those long road trips, there are still versions of this game right for you. The first of which is The Card Game Edition. This is more like a combo of the classic game and Slap Jack. Once the category and first letter appears, the first player to slap the “I Know” card has the chance to answer.The other travel version is aptly called the To Go Edition. This one has the same components but in a smaller version – 4 folders, pencils, answer sheets with plastic travel case, timer, 20-sided letter die, 4 sets of 6 category cards, and instructions.With the diversity of these Scattergories game sets, everyone anywhere can surely enjoy the rush and excitement of this well loved classic game.