Online Games – Things to Remember

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Playing online games is fun and exciting. There are so many different games to play it’s easy to spend hours at a time playing without realizing how long you’ve been on the computer. Unfortunately, many people get so involved in their games that they forget about taking care of themselves while playing. Here are a few things to remember when playing online games to help prevent health issues.

When playing online games it’s important that you take the time to get comfortable first. Proper positioning is vital to keep you from doing damage to your body. The chair should be the right height where your feet are flat on the floor. Your arms should be comfortably placed on the desk. Your monitor should be about an arms length away and the top of the monitor about eye level.
Position the keyboard and the mouse where they will be the easiest to use and the most comfortable. You may have to move them around for a bit before you find the right spot. Many games require that you use the mouse or press on certain keys over and over. When you are constantly pressing down on keys or clicking the mouse in this way, it’s easy to strain your muscles without even realizing it until later. You will experience less strain if your hands are at the same level as your mouse and keyboard instead of at an angle.
Try to keep your hands relaxed even during intense moments of the game. If you are gripping the mouse too hard your fingers will begin to cramp up and you will soon start to feel very sore.
Remember to take breaks often to walk around. This will allow you to stretch your muscles. This in turn will help to prevent them from getting stiff and sore. Many people have pain in their back when sitting in front of a computer for long periods of time and taking breaks will help reduce this pain as well.
If you find yourself losing track of time when you’re playing online games you can start by putting a time limit on how long you want to play. Next, set an alarm to go off when this time is up so you won’t accidentally go past it.
Taking a few steps to take care of your body when you’re playing online games will help to reduce the amount of strain that you put on your body. This in turn reduces the risk of health issues such as back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome so you can continue to play for a long time to come.

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.