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.
Playing Darts is all about fun. You will have to contain a sharp target and the same time an eye for the middle point of the board. Apart from being a tool for game itself, it is a great accessory of any game room or home bar where there are other games equipment too.A single dartboard can introduce a feel of pub room into the game room even if it is situated at your home. In this context, variable dartboards are available at different places.Apart from the traditional types of dartboards, there are also electronic boards available that make the game more thrilling and entertaining. A dartboard into your pub room certainly increases your standard and class. However, selecting from that wide range of options is however a bit difficult.For example, you can easily opt an electronic one or a traditional wooden dartboard. Both of them have some privileges and drawbacks. In this case, you should go through a detailed study of the patterns and styles available in the market.While there are ample pieces of sets available in the market, if you go through the quality of the Classic Bristle Dart Board – Game Room Dart Set, you will find it better than the others will. They are absolutely perfect for setting at home, as they come in the wooden cabinets.Besides, not only the darts fit into the cabinet that comes along with the board, but along with it, also fits the darts, chalks and an eraser for erasing the score. The dartboard contains a high quality finish that keeps the board covered and clean. Besides, this polished look brings a professional look and pattern.Apart from these, the board is quite long lasting as they are made of quality wood. The Classic Bristle Dart Board – Game Room Dart Set contain standard wire spider similar to the pubs and at the same time six brass tournament darts come along with this Classic Bristle Dart Board.The construction of the board makes it strong and lasting long. In addition to this, the dartboard contains a staple-free bull’s eye that is an indispensable quality of a good dartboard. The tipped darts that come along with the dartboard are made of brass.Most of the Classic Bristle Dart Board – Game Room Dart Sets are made of African sisal fibers. This particular feature makes it possible to hide the holes created by the darts and make the holes almost invisible. This particular self-heal technique is absent in most of the dartboards available in the market.The wire numbers of these dart boards are also rotating that generates a longer life to the dartboard. Apart from the darts made of brass, these darts are also available in steel. More than this, the dartboards of this particular brand are uniquely designed to match with the environment of both home and a pub.Including one dartboard is to enhance the quality of your game room. You can install them easily and at the same time they are absolutely space saving.