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.

How To Rid Yourself Of Loose-Aggressive Poker Players

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How does one rid oneself of loose-aggressive players? You know the kind i’m speaking of! The kind of players that play every hand, bet heavy with an A-2, chase a straight or flush to the bitter end or try to just plain intimidate you out of your pot. There are a lot of strategies on the net to help you defeat this sort of player, but they are not guaranteed. The loose-aggressive gets lucky and cleans you out no matter the strategy you chose to use. Strategies aren’t fool proof, because the fools still get lucky and take all your chips. So what do you do? Well i have a theory!If you are a regular online poker player then you know that multi-table freeroll tournaments are the worst for this type of play. Players go all-in all of the time, bet heavy pre-flop with lousy hole cards, call pre-flop with lousy hole cards and are usually willing to lose it all with a pocket pair or by chasing a staight. When i started playing online poker, i was convinced that i would be the next WSOP champion! All i had to do was enter some freerolls and win my way into WSOP qualifier tournaments. Oh yeah baby! I had a plan. After all i’m an awesome player! NOT! You can’t play good poker against players with nothing to lose. The rules of the game change. I like to refer to freerolls as slot machine poker. Everybody just goes all-in, lays their cards on the table and the best hand wins!(Jackpot)So how do you rid yourself of the loose-aggressive players? You have to get out of the loose-aggressive player environment. Rid yourself of the atmosphere where this style of play exists. What do i mean by this? You have to start taking your poker skills seriously and start playing on real money tables. I’m not saying you have to start spending a wad of cash every month to play online. You should limit yourself to a monthly poker budget and stick to it. Not only will this help you become a better player, but you’ll have less loose-aggressives to deal with. I’ve found that the number of loose-aggressives at your table are directly proportional to the amount of the buy-in. The higher the buy-in the lower the number of loose-aggressives you’ll have at your table. Don’t be naive though! There will always be a loose-aggressive no matter what the buy-in is, but you’ll have an easier time using sound strategies to defeat this type of player.Multi-table freeroll tournaments are a great place to start your online poker experience, but don’t get frustrated with the style of play! The loose-aggressive style of play at freerolls runs rampant and can in my opinion turn a great player into an awful player. Don’t let freerolls bring you down! Start taking your poker playing skills seriously and play on real money tables! The style of play is better and your game will improve ten-fold simply because everyone at your table has something to lose! For more poker tips and strategies, visit my website “Freeroll Haven” If you have a website and would like to post this article on your site, then please do so in it’s entirety with my link intact!