Thursday, June 18, 2009

Online Gaming

Playing games is a way we people relax our minds and body when we feel stressed or tired. Some play games to kill time, some play games just for the sheer fun of it, and some play games and dedicate their lives to it. The World Wide Web a.k.a. information superhighway is a multimedia paradise for everyone. Reading articles, looking at pictures, watching streaming videos and listening to music are just some examples we do while connected to the internet. Gaming and WWW joined together and created what was the multi million industry we knew today as online gaming.

Multiplayer Online Gaming (MOG) spearheaded the online gaming industry by means of server-client based games like Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG) and Massive Multiplayer Online Games (MMOG) connecting players across the globe. Whether you're from Netherlands or you're from the Philippines, you are united into a virtual world were you are free to do what you can't do in real life without repercussion. Using avatars to express their feelings and emotions, online gaming takes you away from the problems you bear in real life. Then, Web 2.0 came. Unlike its older brother Web 1.0. "Two-point-oh" offered interactive content to internet users. The once static,dull and monotonous webpages became a multimedia rich content that users customizes to their heart's desire. Spawning online communities like Friendster, Multiply, hi5, Myspace and Facebook. What made these websites popular is that because of the user customization of 2.0, people who cannot afford web space and domain can call these their own. It's easy to customize and it's absolutely free. 2.0 also opened what made online gaming highly successful today, and that is browser gaming. As the name suggested, browser games doesn't require you to download clients like those in MMORPGs but only require you to use what we used in connecting to the information superhighway in the first place, the browser. this casual gaming made old games like Pacman immortalize using flash animation. Strategy games like Ikariam, Travian and Freesky became an everyday ritual with an ease of you-can-access-anywhere. Facebook boosted browser gaming even further by adding applications to their content. Games like Mafia Wars, Vampire Wars, Pet Society, Restaurant City, Farm Town and Castle Age make you "use" your online contacts as elements on the game, thus utilizing the "friend connection". The web is still growing as we speak, and there are more possibilities in the near future.

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