Online gaming refers to games that are played over a network. The popularity of online games has evolved with the internet and its associated technologies.
Online games can be played through any network, independent of the technology used. The most well-known online games nowadays are like World of Warcraft, but various different communities appear with regards to online games.
Online gaming through the internet is really famous because it allows players over the world to play with each other and most of the games are available for free. A lot of online games use virtual currency as a source of revenue.
The evolution of online gaming
Online games existed independently of the internet. However, the importance of the internet boom to games should not be taken lightly. With Flash and Java, came more possibilities to entertain and creativity knowing no bounds, the new games quickly found their audience. Faster Internet and better performing computers made it possible for more demanding games to be playable online.
Types of online games
Nearly all game genres are represented in online gaming. First person shooters, made famous by games like Doom and Counter Strike with playing modes such as “deathmatch”. Role Playing Game is the most represented game type and real-time strategy the least. Games played through the internet browser, without the need of downloading a software, are also really popular; mainly because no installation is required and they can be played anywhere. Social networks brought games that are more community driven. Zynga’s FarmVille is a good example of this type of game.
Virtual currency and online games
Entertainment has always been a good source of revenue. Online gaming and its success obviously revealed to be a profitable market. This lead to the creation of virtual currency. It is used to get exclusive features, mostly in the free-to-play business model of MMO games.
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