The Extremes on Online Gaming

With the advent of the internet, more and more opportunities have come up in many areas such as finance, fashion, marketing, business, design as well as entertainment. In the entertainment sector, not only has it helped media marketing, it has also helped the gaming industry, or specifically the online gaming industry. Online games are played over the internet from single players all the way to multi players. With Flash and Java installed in practically all well known web browsers, websites now can use video, audio and other user interactivity in their online content.

Some of the very well known online games that has an established reputation and a loyal following of fans include WarCraft, Red Alert, Counter Strike, Final Fantasy series, Diner Dash and a whole lot more. These online games fall into different categories that gamers identify with. For example, Action and adventure Games are type of games that involve very elaborate and detailed setting, with fighting, wars and a quest. Arcade Games are of course found in your friendly neighborhoods where you put in coins or tokens to play. Strategy games are identified by stages whereby the player needs to cleverly strategies his/her games to reach the final episode. Strategy games take a while to complete. There are also shooting games and sports games that use football, basketball, golf, tennis and skiing.

With the internet, a new genre of games has emerged. These new hybrids are called online RPG games or role playing games as well as free multiplayer online games. In online role-playing games, it is a game where the players take on a role of a fictional character. Role playing games concentrate more on social interaction and collaboration rather than on competition. this is what sets them apart from conventional games. This type of games are designed centered around scenarios such as mafia games and gangster games where there is a game master who actually is the head honcho, the mafia boss or a drug lord and the other players are considered his allies, his ‘men’. Some of the popular RPG mafia games are such as The Mafia Boss. The Mafia Boss is actually a free Multiplayer Online Game, based on the Real Mafia Life so called “La Cosa Nostra”. Players get into the role of being Mafia Don like Al Capone or John Gotti. Other popular games are such as Fazconi, The Real Mafia Game.

Apart from mafia games, gangster games are also popular in the online RPG circuit. In gangster games, it’s the survival of the fittest where strategies, wit and intelligent alliances can win you the game. Gangster games revolve around steal a nice shiny new Cadillac, shipping some bootleg booze and getting your gangster buddies together to rob the local bank. Some examples of gangster online games are such as Omerta, Lady Gangster, and American Gangster.

Online games are very popular because they are highly interactive, some are free, you join in a virtual setting where you can call the shots, you get to live up to your fantasies and best of all, you meet new people with the same similar interests as you. Online games, though exciting, can be very addictive as well.

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Online Games – The Evolution

Now we see thousands of people playing online games such as tetris, ping pong, mario bros, super mario etc for free but despite its history dating back to 1970s, for most people online gaming began with the explosion of Internet in 1993 and with the advent of Doom and Warcraft sometime in 1994 or 1995. This got further boost with publishers starting to add Internet connectivity to computer games in 1994-95.

The media, in fact, have themselves been ignorant about online games history. As far as they are concerned, online gaming just coincidentally happened when their advertisers started producing Internet-capable games. But it isn’t so…

Early Years of development

In early 1950’s a college student created a game much like Tic-Tac-Toe for a class project to be played on dinosaur computers of those days complete with cathode ray tubes for the screen display. The 1960’s had MIT students programming a game called “Space war” that could be played with two people over a primitive network. The late 1960’s brought the first “real” video games like table tennis and shooter games.

The 70s – the game begins

Serious online gaming began with the first interactive online game called ADVENT. In fact networked gaming got conceptualized with ADVENT. Networked gaming had users playing against each other within an online fantasy world. The first networked game was called Mazewar, a game which involved networked players traveling through a maze and attempting to kill one another.

Next came the interpersonal interaction in a multi-player environment. The first such game was called DUNGEN. DUNGEN had players competing against one another to complete a series of quests. DUNGEN provided with new settings and players each time the user logged on.

The late 1970’s saw the start of video game craze with more and more households getting computer savvy. As a natural corollary, people started writing their own games for the home computers. These programming hobbyists traded and sold these home-grown games in local markets.

Other changes in the 1970’s were home gaming consoles which used game cartridges. That meant the people could collect games cartridges for one base unit instead of having bulky game console systems.

The 80s – some pause before the storm

1980’s saw growing craze for the video and computer game craze, but online gaming wasn’t on the horizon yet. New games with better sound and graphics were introduced and gained popularity. Pole Position and Pac-man were two that achieved big popularity. It was during 1980’s when Nintendo introduced its first gaming system.

The 90s – revolution begins

The 1990’s saw the phenomenal growth in both popularity and technology mostly because of the rise of 3-D and multimedia.

Myst, the intellectual adventure game introduced gaming on the CD-ROM format. Fancier 3-D graphics hardware made FPS (first person shooter) games such as Quake possible.

The late 1990’s saw the exponential growth of the Internet, MUDs (multi-user dungeons) which made online games wildly popular. New and improved graphical interfaces had people all over the world playing against each other not only in FPS games but also in real time strategy games (RTS games) as well as third person games like Grand Theft Auto.

This was also the period when websites started offering online games such as tetris, ping pong, mario bros, super Mario, and other free online flash games and non-flash based games free for playing after registering with them. This really pushed online gaming into the popular psyche.

The 21st Century – world is just a playground

Early years of the 21st century were dominated by the DVD-CD-ROM. It has changed the way online games are played. The latest gaming systems such as Sony’s play station and Microsoft’s X-box have networking capabilities to enable people play with each other in real time from all over the world. Exponentially growing broadband internet services have made playing these online games possible in true sense of the word.

The only drawback to the constantly evolving technology for online games is that what you buy today might become obsolete by the next year. Luckily, for the serious gamers, the resale industry for these online games is huge. This resale industry is just another element to the ever-changing history of online game.

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