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.
Many people associate board games with family entertainment but were you also aware that board games are available with a distinctly adult theme? To see the variety of adult-orientated games available, you need look no further than to a retailer of adult products such as dildos and vibrators. If you are anxious about going into a sex shop, it might be an idea to find out what’s available for adults online.Adult themed games are available in many different guises: card games with naked models; drinking games perfect to take on a night out with the lads or the girls, or to make a stag or hen party go with a bang; betting and casino games; adult style truth or dare; electric shock games and games of a distinctly sexual nature. The number of players for each adult game ranges depending on the game or upon your decision on how many people you want to enjoy the fun and frolics!Three of the most popular adult themed games available are Sexopoly, the Nookii Adult Board Game and Monogamy. Sexopoly offers a sexual take on the traditional monopoly board game. Aimed at between 2 and 8 players, Sexopoly is a game of tactics and luck that is designed to be played by couples and friends where the aim is to lose your inhibitions and have some fun at the same time. With each throw of the dice, you get to move around the board, buying businesses with the Sexopoly banknotes along the way. Who will make the most money from the adult industry? A sexy twist comes into effect when a player has to pick up a Risky or Frisky card which leads to the loss of money, clothing and inhibitions and could even result in the performance of challenges of a sexual nature!The Nookii Adult Board Game is one of the most successful adult board games in history. This board game is specifically aimed at couples where the objective is not to move around the board but around each other! There are three different levels of cards to choose from – Mmm, Ooh and Aah – that determine which fun, exciting or erotic manoeuvres you perform. This board game has over 2500 different permutations and positions so you should never run out of ideas when it comes to sex!Monogamy is also a game that is intended for couples. There are three different levels of questions and as the game goes on, the questions become more intimate and the sexy challenges become more hot and steamy. The winner is the person who first successfully undertakes 50 fantasies. It could be a very long night ahead! However, there are no losers as the game continues days after you have closed the box, with a special treat feature.With so many adult games available for purchase, you will be spoilt for choice!