Traditional arcade games require players to deposit money in the machines in order to keep playing. Players can then continue the game in order to try to advance to the next level and beat the enemies, luckily for arcade game fans the web has facilitated the entire process by providing free access to thousands of games which have been created to resemble arcade games, except for the coin deposit thing. Others have been taken from the arcade into the web as a one-to-one copy which makes things even better.As we all know, these games can get you addicted pretty quick because most of them are quite complex and have many levels to beat, a game which would fall in this category is called Armored Heroes. This online gaming application is quite difficult to beat, you will encounter several armored enemies which are tough to kill, you have the choice of playing with three main characters, a knight, an old man which looks like a wizard or a wood soldier. The first 3 enemies will come at you right away so you better get ready to fight, your main keys will be “s” for fast attacks “d” slow attack which cover front and back and the mount/dismount key “e”You will be given a dragon to carry you around from the very beginning but make sure you learn how to control it since your attack types change and the ones which you thought to be fast will now be slow but far more effective. You will also notice that there are several barrels which need to be broken in order to collect points or healing packs (usually red) After you beat the archers you need to proceed with caution since there are some enemies which explode and can take you down immediately.Right after you defeat these set of foes you will have to battle against a tougher night which might give you the impression to be the final boss because he comes at you really fast but he isn’t, you can beat him with fast continuous attacks, compared to previous enemies this one might take you a while to defeat but it is doable, once you pass this enemy you will encounter the final boss of this level, be very careful because if you get one hit from him you are finished, this one is a giant wooden monster which causes metal spikes to come out of the ground every time he hits the ground with its hammer, running away doesn’t work since he follows you wherever you move so your only option is to take him head to head in order to beat him. Armor heroes is a game which is sure to keep you busy for good while.
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.