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.
Trivia offers you a way to learn the main things about certain topic, like geography, history or TV. It is probably one of the most entertaining games around. One of the appreciated features of this game is that it allows you to find out even the most insignificant aspects of a field of expertise and combine your passion for such a field with your desire to find out more. A great example of such a game is the Friends Trivia game.The Friends Trivia game is a hilarious board game with tons of Trivia questions. The series of Friends continued for ten years so there is a lot to discover and remember. This game is excellent for everyone who likes Friends: you will have to recall many funny scenes from the series that will make you and your friends laugh. You also need to answer the questions correctly in order to score and travel around the board.Special accessories makes the Friends Trivia board game much more interesting then other regular Trivia games. When picking up the question you will be also offered a small clip from the scenes, some pictures, audio samples etc. Here is an example. One of the Trivia questions contains a photo a former girlfriend of Ross. You have to remember how they broke up. Another interesting feature of the Friends Trivia board game is that it will always offer you some sort of explanation for the hardest questions that you have to answer.This game allows you to invite up to four of your best friends over for a board game night. The fun of the game starts with its genius set-up. You actually “travel” across the board from one to another apartment of the Friends characters. Each question that you manage to score lights up a window in the apartment building – who lights up the most, wins. And if you have a lonely evening and want to cheer up, you can play the Friends Trivia game on your own – it has that option.Whether you are new to the Friends show or you have seen all ten seasons a couple of times, you have the option of choosing the difficulty of the questions. Another option offers you to follow only a certain character, certain season or episode or the special guests of the season. Well, if you like the Friends series and like gaming too, the Friends Trivia game is going to be a perfect entertainment for you.