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.
Every little thing we have today for our convenience seems to have it all. This includes our PDAs and Pocket PCs. Now, games invade these things we call as handy organizers. But for those who can’t get enough of video games and card games, having some computer games, like a solitaire game, integrated in a “serious” gadget is a welcome relief. With the superb visual effects, provocative graphic displays, and witty animation that many providers have, every gaming enthusiast is sure to develop a solitaire addiction.PDArt had recently developed 700 solitaire games on Pocket PC v1.07. Hence, there are 700 more reasons to get hooked on your PDA. I think this is so far the biggest solitaire game collection on a Pocket PC anyone has ever seen. Adding more to the appeal of the games are the enhanced sound quality and various game settings that would definitely suit your yearning and desire for some mind and card action.On the other hand, not all PDA users are really crazy on investing on these games. Whenever in doubt, you can always try the demo version for free. After all, you can only spend so much time and money for your solitaire addiction. Playing a demo is a good alternative to an immediate buy, since the demo gives you a full insight into the game. You just have to make sure that your Pocket PC or PDA has the latest software support, usually a Windows Mobile 5 or PocketPC version 2003. This is to ensure that if ever you do get past the demo version, you get to enjoy the games and solitaire variants compatible with your handheld device.Some solitaire game providers have a feature wherein you can choose a background or theme to complement your solitaire gaming experience. Plus, having a colorful and enticing background and theme would definitely keep you in the mood for completing the game. These images are required to be in GIF, JPG, PNG, or BMP formats, so you have to make sure that your PDA has enough space to accommodate these files as well. Some providers offer additional tool for the organization of the solitaire games in the device. The tool can organize the games by criteria, level, or even by difficulty. This way, it would be easier to retrieve data in one fast click.While there are other varieties of good games and brands, the best reason to stay entertained with the games are its power-packed features. A good game collection includes the best rule options, categories, and solitaire game statistics. Customization is also a bonus in a solitaire game. This means that the game package should enable you to place names or check card layouts. With these features and the ongoing developments in games, solitaire addiction on handhelds may be the next big thing.