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.
The 83 years old poker legend “Amarillo Slim” Preston has passed away after a lengthy illness. The legend was the winner of 1972 World Series of Poker Championship Event, four-time WSOP bracelet winner and Poker Hall of Fame member.Earlier it was reported that Preston was battling cancer and heart problems and last weekend he was taken to a hospital. His many poker companions, including his old “Road Gambler” running mate Doyle Brunson, accompanied him to the hospital where he seemed to have improved over the past week. But he could not survive the passing days and his death announcement was provided to poker player Scott Clark. Later, the Preston family released following statement through Nolan Dalla, the Media Director for the WSOP:”We hope everyone will remember our beloved Amarillo Slim for all the positive things he did for poker and to popularize his favorite game – Texas Hold’em.”Texan Thomas Austin Preston, Jr. became “Amarillo Slim” for his fondness for making outlandish prop bets as well as his tremendous skills on the field. Preston with Brunson and another former World Champion-to-be, Brian “Sailor” Roberts formed Texas “Road Gamblers”. The trio would often tour the southwest for poker games and make their living. But according to Brunson, which he stated in interviews, their relationship unfortunately broke up after they lost their bankroll in Las Vegas. However they continued to remain friends and make their living during the early years of the World Series of Poker.”Amarillo Slim” earned his first fame during the 1972 WSOP Main Event, where he took down the championship for his first ever bracelet. Quickly, he built a celebrity status and made appearances on talk shows including The Tonight Show and several movies to promote the game of poker. With his excellent performances on the tables, he won three more WSOP bracelets, and his last victory came in 1990 in a $5000 Pot Limit Omaha tournament.Preston is also admired for his other poker endeavors. He contributed his experiences for several poker books, including Amarillo Slim’s Play Poker To Win. In his autobiography “Amarillo Slim In A World Full Of Fat People” received a lot of popularity as he enlightened his career on the tables and with his prop bets.During his entire tournament poker career, Preston cashed in tournaments around the world such as eleven times in the WSOP, finished in fourth place in an event on the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza and Chris Moneymaker’s historic 2003 WSOP Championship victory.A number of condolence messages have been received by social media regarding Preston’s passing.Poker pro Bernard Lee tweeted, “RIP Amarillo Slim, one of the first poker superstars.”Brunson also recalled a story on his personal blog of a robbery the duo went through in the early 1960s.Read More about Poker at http://www.pokerstarsus.com/