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.

6 Short Online Texas Holdem Tips

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1. Play tightWhenever you’re playing in a free online Texas Holdem game (or a real-money game). Contrary to what you might have seen on T.V, the professional poker players play mostly tight solid poker. These are the guys that stay around the longest.2. Play within your abilitiesIf you can’t read hands like Phil Ivey you probably shouldn’t be playing like him. Phil Ivey is an expert poker player, he can play many hands that you and I cannot just because he is reading opponents a lot better.3. Be aware of your emotionsRemember that time you started off playing tight and then someone was nice enough to give you a bad beat. Suddenly you started playing those suited connectors and weird trash hands because you wanted to win your money back.We all have our signs of poker tilt and different things trigger us. Be aware of what triggers you.4. Play within your bankrollDon’t go up and play $1,000 No-Limit Holdem if you only have $1,000. A good rule is to have AT LEAST 20 buy-ins for the limit you are playing at. For example, let us say you are playing $200 No-Limit Holdem. That would mean your bankroll should be at least $4,000. If you drop below that $4,000 you should move down to $100 NLHE.5. Study and AnalyzeAlways keep studying. That is what winning poker is about! There are lots of things to study… pot management, betting tactics, implied odds, gambling theory, how to play a flush draw, what you can do with scare cards, how to play suited connectors and how to have solid reads. Those are just off the top of my head. There are tons! Read forums, find poker friends or get a poker teacher. I promise you, it is worth it :) 6. Keep it simple!Last but not least, keep it simple! If you feel you are being too complex in your approach to the game then you probably are. Keep playing tight solid poker, learning new things and reading no limit poker tips from various forums, websites and books.If you slip into the mentality of playing loose. Remember, if you want to win–tight is right!Good Luck!