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.
I’ve been playing poker for many years now, and my favorite game is Texas Holdem. Over the years I’ve become aware of some tips and tricks to becoming a successful poker player, and I thought I’d share them with you today. Check out the links in my signature to apply these techniques in an online poker room today.Card Selection:An important aspect to playing good poker, is knowing which hands to play. That’s right guys, don’t play that Jack Four Offsuit anymore. Sure, you might get a really ‘bad beat’ on someone, and then get to laugh in their face, but in the long run, YOU are the loser. All those ‘bad beats’ that you serve, don’t make up for all the hands that you lose to higher kickers. Here are some really good guidelines that I’ve come up with myself, that I use everyday. Your two starting cards must meet 2 out of 3 conditions for them to be considered playable.First condition: You should have at least one high card. A Queen is where I draw the line at being a ‘high’ card.Second condition: Your two cards should both be able to be used in a flush. That means that they should be of the same suit (suited).Third condition: You should be able to use both of your cards in a straight. This means that you can’t have more than three cards that go between the two that you hold. For example, the lowest card you should play with a King would be a Nine. This way you could get a straight… Nine/Ten/Jack/Queen/King.Now remember, your two card hand only needs to meet TWO of the three conditions. If your cards meet all three conditions and one of your cards is an ace, you’ve got a runner, runner, runner Royal Flush Draw! LOL! If you start following my hand selection method, your game will improve greatly, and you’ll notice right away.The Poker Mood:Poker mood? Believe it not, your mood can and will affect your game play. If you’re tired, hungry, or whatever, your game will suffer based on poor decisions on your part. I’ve found that the two most extreme moods that can have the most devastating affects on your game are when you’re bored, or when you’re angry. When you’re bored, you’ll find yourself playing cards that you know you shouldn’t be playing, and that’ll lead to making some poor calls with some very weak hands. Sometimes folding can seem very boring at times, but you know you’re making the right move. If you play all those junky suited hands, it’s just going to cost you in the long run. When you’re playing online poker and notice that you’re getting bored, try surfing the net when you’re not in the hand. Or, like a lot of players do, try playing two tables at the same time.It’s almost impossible to win at poker when you’re angry at someone or something. If someone bluffed you out of a big pot, or keeps stealing your blinds, or if you were just the victim of a bad-beat, just relax. Who gets the last laugh? The one who’s left standing in the tournament does. Making poor, costly decisions simply because you’re angry is so common that they’ve come up with a name for it. It’s called being on “TILT”. It’s the easiest way to go broke in a hurry. If you’ve let your nerves get the best of you, and you find yourself on Tilt, just stop playing immediately. Come back after at least an hour or so.So when you sit down to play a game of poker, make sure you’re well fed, well rested, and just in a good mood in general. Playing in a good mood might not help you win, but playing in a bad mood will definitely help you lose!Managing Your Money:Playing good poker and winning more times than not, doesn’t guarantee success. It depends on which games you play. If you play mainly single-table tourneys(STT) and jump around from buy-ins of $5 to $10 etc. and you do good at the lower buy-in tables and lose more often at the higher staked tables, your account balance won’t show the success of your win percentage.You should pick a limit that’s appropriate for your bankroll and skill level and then stick with it. If you already have a good winning percentage, then i suggest you use my 10% buy-in rule. Never buy in a tournament for more than 10% of what’s in your account. Do not brake this rule (or another rule that you create on your own) or you may fall victim to the dreaded Tilt monster. See, what will happen is you’ll lose a couple of $10 tourneys in a row. Then you’ll think that there’s no way you’ll lose a third, and if you play a $20 tourney you can make back all that you lost, and then some, in no time. Next thing you know, two $20 tables later, you’re down about $70 and now you’re looking at the $50 tables. Do you see the pattern? If anything, your table buy-ins should have been going down along with your account balance. This problem is very common amongst people who have gambling problems. They try to win back what they lost by risking even more until they end up with nothing left.Now, after you’ve been successful at your current level over a long period of time, you might then consider moving up to the next step, which is the next highest level buy-in your site offers. It’s important to have a buy-in rule, because it can keep you from going broke and having to redeposit. I currently play at a site where I’ve never made a single deposit. In the past they had 10 cent giveaway tournaments and the winner’s share was 5 cents. I started with those and worked my way up. I’ve personally withdrawn thousands of dollars from this site having never deposited a dime thanks to these simple tips that I’ve come up with. Come up with a system that suits you, and stick to it.