Online Games – Making Learning Fun

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All of us have memories of games which we played as kids. The older generation grew up on a repertoire of traditional games. The kids of this generation have a greater variety of games at their disposal. Now kids can easily find games online. There are free online games which are entertaining as well as educational. This is a great way for the kids to learn new stuff.These games offer an environment for the kids to discover their abilities and learn new skills through a set of interactive games. The games help in improving different areas of learning like mathematics, logic, vocabulary, memory and so on. These games help in developing a sense of self esteem in the kids. There are sites on the internet which allow parents and teachers to create games with specific intentions in mind.There are sites which specialize in games for pre-school and primary school children. The games for these children involve songs, coloring, stories, and games involving music accompanied by craft activities. The games involve things or creatures that are familiar to children. For example there might be a game which has a rabbit in it. The children will be asked to count the number of carrots that the rabbit has.This helps in increasing the numerical ability of the child. The other games have interesting tasks like helping a lost animal to find its way home or to a goody through a maze. Some of the games also feature coloring. The stories have familiar animals with names and talk about their deeds. Some of the stories have morals and are helpful in imparting to the kids sound moral values.The creative games feature simple instructions for kids. These include tasks like designing a necklace for mothers, making puppets from ordinary household articles like old socks and paper. Games also feature a popular character asking the children for help in decorating its house or for other tasks. The games that involve spotting the difference between two things or scenes help in developing the power of observation in children.There are also games which help in improving the sense of direction and coordination in children. These involve finding the way through a maze, or finding a treasure following the clues and so on. The games like these are important for the complete development of the child. The proverb all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy is certainly true. This new range of games makes learning fun.

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.