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.

Poker Strategy – How to Play Table Position

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Table position is one of the most important factors of the poker table. Once you have begun developing your poker mindset and developed strict starting hand requirements it’s time to organize your starting hand requirements based on table position.We will start from under the gun (first to act or directly left of the big blind) and work our way around the table to the blinds. When playing hands under the gun you need to adhere to the tightest starting hand requirements you can. The reason behind this is that the entire table acts behind you and if you try to limp in with a weak hand there is a great chance there will be a raise and your marginal holding will have to be thrown away. You should only play raising hands in this position and the only time you should try to limp in from these positions is with a middle pocket pair and occasionally a big hand just to mix things up. The same applies for second position which is also included in early position.In middle position, the players who act 3rd, 4th and 5th (at a table of ten), you can play a looser game but should still observe fairly tight requirements if you’re a tight player but you’re a loose player feel free to play your normal hands here but try to play tighter than you would if you were on the button. You should only play raising hands and a few non-raising hands like low pocket pairs, suited connectors, suited face cards and other marginal hands. For most players the worst hand I’d probably play in middle position is 8-9s or J-8s. For a tight player the worst hand I’d recommend playing here would be a hand like J-10s or K-Q.In late position, the last two positions before the blinds including the button, play your loosest game here. Since you have information about most of the player’s hands at the table you are able to deduce what types of hands you can get away with playing in this position. Feel free to play all pocket pairs and suited connectors no worse than 7-6s. Any two face card combinations can also be played here unless you follow another advanced strategy on how to play these types of hands which can be found in my other articles and on my site.The blinds feel free to play just about whatever you want since you’ve already put money into the pot however, do not call a raise with junk just because you have chips in the pot. Same thing applies for the small blind, do not just throw in another chip with garbage just because its half price because it will add up over time and you’ll be wasting chips and getting yourself in trouble.