Playing games with the family helps strengthen relationships and creates happy and fun memories. It does not matter if it is a grown child, teenager, or small child, you will certainly find a range of games to play. Here are some of the more enjoyable games to play in a family unit:Board Games – A popular type of game for the entire family to enjoy includes the board games. Board games are available to fit the needs of all family members no matter the skill level or age. Most of the popular games are designed to accept two or more players so this increases the chance of everyone being able to join in. They are also able to accommodate all attention spans. Some board games can take hours to complete, while others take one or two minutes to complete.Card Games – Most of the family friendly card games are easy to learn for children of all ages. Some of the popular choices include Spoons, Go Fish and Hearts. Since there are so many options to choose from with card games, there shouldn’t be a problem finding the right game to match the skill level and age range.Puzzles – A jigsaw puzzle is a further great way to enjoy time together with the family. A challenging puzzle with 500 to 5000 pieces can take one or two hours to several days to complete. Puzzles have seen many changes in recent years. Originally, the jigsaw puzzle started out as a flat two-dimensional image of landscapes, animals, people, etc, but lately it is possible to enjoy these puzzles in three-dimensional shapes. A circular globe is often a favorite 3D puzzle design.Electronic Games – Electronic games come in different sizes from the large indoor games to compact hand-held devices. They are perfect to play in teams or go one-on-one with other family members for a little competition. Skill levels for these games differ to match all age groups. Electronic games are the more expensive option for engaging in some family bonding time, but they are certain to hold the attention longer and keep everyone playing for the long-term.Outdoor Sports & Games – Outdoor activities are fun and challenging for the entire family. They can include games for the younger children, like red rover and tag, to the more skillful and challenging games for the older children, like basketball or football. A family is certain to enjoy the outdoors when combined with a choice of exciting games to play.
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.