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 – 5 Tips For No Limit Cash Games

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1. Practice patienceNo limit cash games don’t have increasing blinds like tournaments do so there’s no rush to “make something happen” in cash games. You low stakes players have it the easiest because your opponents won’t notice if you have to sit tight for a few orbits – they’ll still call when you start betting.Even in high stakes games you have to practice patience. You don’t want to play like a rock but if there’s nothing happening, you can’t force it. The occasional late position blind steal is enough to keep people from thinking you’re a complete rock. When you finally do hit a hand, you’ll still have a good chance of getting some action.Patience is a big problem for me in no limit cash games. If I go a few orbits without getting a strong hand, I start to get pretty antsy. I’ll try to stir up some action by raising too many hands, bluffing too much and generally pissing money away.2. Play musical chairsEver heard the term “table selection”? Table selection is one of the key skills that big winners use to their advantage. The term gets thrown around all the time that it seems like it has lost its meaning. I cannot stress enough how important it is that you practice good table selection.Don’t become complacent sitting at the same cash game tables all night. You have hundreds of tables to choose from when playing online poker so don’t let great opportunities pass you by. A little table selection can easily double the amount of money you take home every month.3. Use aggression to your advantageWhen I tell you to play aggressively, I don’t mean you should play like a trigger happy maniac. In poker, aggression means raising with your strong hands and folding your weak hands. Sounds simple, right?The problem is most poker players veer away from this strategy by simply calling with their weak hands, calling with their strong hands and only folding when their hands are hopelessly doomed.An aggressive poker player will either raise or fold his hands. If it’s not strong enough to raise, it’s not strong enough to call. Sure, there are perfectly acceptable times to call in poker but for the most part you want to play a strong, aggressive game.Aggression gets money in the pot when you have strong hands (which is how you make money) and it charges your opponents to draw against you. Aggression wins money in poker.4. Pay attention to positionPay attention to your position and the position of your opponents. Every single poker hand you watch or take part in should be analyzed with position taken into consideration. Which hands you play and how you play those hands will always be affected by your position at the poker table.When in early position, you need to be playing far fewer hands. When in late position, you can open up your game a bit. If you use Holdem Manager or Poker Tracker, you can look up your stats and you’ll see that the vast majority of your money is won in late position. You’ll also see that out of all your losses, the majority of those take place in early position.You should also pay attention to the position of your opponents. Take note of which opponents play differently in different positions. These opponents have probably read at least a little bit of basic strategy.A preflop raise from an opponent in early position is much different than a raise from that same opponent in late position. Always note position and use it to learn as much as you can about your opponents’ hands.5. Take breaks!Taking a break might sound counterproductive but poker isn’t the same as a regular job. If you don’t take frequent breaks, you can easily cost yourself a lot of money. I’ve sometimes had to take week long breaks during particularly brutal downswings.You should never, ever play poker when in a bad state of mind. The times you feel like you need to play poker the most are usually the worst times to play poker. If you play poker with a stressed out mindset, you’re going to play horribly.One of the worst times to play poker is when you were supposed to quit for the day but want to stick around for a little bit longer to win back any money you might have lost. Set yourself a time limit and stick to it. Trust me.