You might be surprised but most online game sites users are not kids, sites webmasters know that at least half of the users in those sites are adults- people at work, housewives at home that tend to get a little bored from time to time and many more grown ups that enjoy playing cool free games, not kids that you will find playing online games on the Internet. So now that you know you’re not alone, the question that comes to your mind is how do you find a cool online game site. Well let me introduce you to a few things I think are very important when choosing a good online game site.Firstly you must find a site that features a wide variety of online games, just for knowledge some sites offer more then 1500 online games, so this is a must for a quality game site, secondly we would prefer sites that have a clear and good distinction between games, most of the professional sites are very organized and well categorized (action, sports, racing, kids etc.. ).Another important feature for a site is it’s user friendly and GUI, it must be easy and fast loaded on any computer. As you know the good professional sites use better and more advanced servers which result in faster loading time and less hardware problems that may cause slow or bad performance.The more professional sites have advanced options like user systems, which lets every user that logs in a distinctive user and password, a unique zone dedicated to him, usually this zone contains friends, favorite games and also options to rate and add comments to games.The last feature and most important feature, to my opinion, is your own subjective thought and preference of the site. Do you, as a user, like it’s style, looks and, off course, it’s games, while all the things that i mentioned before can be valid, the most important variable is do you, as a user, enjoy playing and using the site, that what counts.So, to conclude start browsing for free games sites, and choose, using the tips I’ve written, your favorite game site, I assure that you will find endless hours of fun and games to your pleasure.
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.