Are your kids bored with all their toys and books and looking for something new? Here’s how you can engage them in some interesting and educative pastime without fear of boredom creeping in. Explore the world of kid’s online games. Just logon to the net and be rewarded with a host of websites offering innumerable games online. Watch your child’s face light up when they see their favorite characters’ games at their disposal. Ben 10, Power puff girls, Pokémon etc are only a few among hundreds of games available. What’s more there’s a new game on almost every day! With a little bit of initial help from you, they’ll be hooked to the system in no time!Of these Ben 10 is a massive craze among young children which is an animated series produced by Cartoon Network. Kids are captivated by popular Ben10 games like Heat Blast which involves a lot of shooting and action in getting rid of a lot of bad boys by dodging heavy traffic. Eliminate eerie aliens in your path with a super game called Alien hunter.Have loads of fun with Spore Attack which involves preventing the spores from multiplying by spraying talcum powder at their feet! Engage in a daring one man operation with Ben10 and help him rescue his friend Gwen through a lot of underworld action in the Underworld game. Why not have a go at the various Ben 10 puzzles available online which will keep the young minds ticking away for some time. Get a hang of other Ben 10 games such as Omni Match, Blockade Blitz etc.Besides these, there are a number of creative kids’ online games in which you can engage your child like Math, Alphabet, Labyrinth, Online painting etc. These help to channelize thought processes in a constructive manner and help in development of emotional and mental make-up of a child. Kids having trouble with math at school can take up an arithmetic challenger and try to solve it with the help of flash cards, multiple choice etc. They can play online Sudoku to test their skills.Those interested in art have the option of doing an online painting game whereby you can paint a picture on a site and send it to your email. Make any shape or design of your choice by just moving the cursor to produce brush strokes in various sizes and spray color on them with the spray paint option choosing from innumerable colors provided in the menu.
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.