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.
Poker strategy can be found on nearly every corner. Whether you just play with your friends or try your luck at casinos or online gambling sites, strategy is vital. Below is a unique list of poker tips that follow the format of a deck of cards.2 – Two bad hands in a row can destroy your game. Always sit out at least one hand after suffering a big loss.3 – Three’s a crowd. When up against two opponents at once, too many players only focus on the stronger player. Always keep one eye on that third player in the hand.4 – Don’t let Chris Moneymaker’s play on pocket fours fool you; it may have worked for him but this hand is garbage. Either raise excessively in the beginning or fold immediately.5 – Five is a handful. Every one of your five cards may count toward the hand. Factor in the strength of your kicker when applicable; it could save you a lot of money.6 – A six is the worst card to be dealt with an ace. It is a weak kicker and eliminates the possibility of using both cards to make a straight.7 – A seven-two is considered the worst hand in poker. Remember that if you play a seven, other sevens may have been folded and your chances of pairing it could decrease.8 – An 8 is a rotated sign for infinity. Sometimes games may seem to drag on infinitely, but be patient and never get discouraged; your money-making hand will come.9 – Nine’s are very middle-of-the-road. Suited with a ten, a nine represents an extremely catchable hand.10 – Ten out of ten are the only guaranteed odds of winning. Unless you have the nuts, remember that there is still a chance you could lose.J – Pocket Jack’s are one of the most dangerous hands in the game. Raise enough to eliminate anyone that might catch a card on the flop; 24% of the remaining deck is over-cards.Q – Queens are a silent killer, especially pocket queens. Most players fixate on kings and aces as the power hands, often ignoring the possibility of queens.K – Kings may have ruled in medieval times, but today they can be trumped by one card: the ace. Don’t assume your opponent “couldn’t have caught that ace;” people get lucky.A – Always have an ace in the hole. This means always having an “out,” or a backup plan.Poker strategy is the single most important aspect of the game. Always approach this card game with a level head and play the odds. From casinos to online gambling sites, if you use these basic tips you are sure to be on the path to poker success.