It's highly likely you've played a game before on a computer or a console, against the artificial intelligence of the computer as your only obstacle. And while gaming this way is still (as it has been for a very long time) very popular, your broadband connection gives you instant access to a whole new world of gaming... If you fancy developing and testing your gaming techniques against 1000's of REAL people, then online gaming is the way forward. You'll find loads of popular games are available to play online such as Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, World of Warcraft, Mariokart and FIFA 10 and there are new games being developed with better graphics and better gameplay all the time.
It's not just Computers & Laptops that can have all of the online fun either, all modern consoles these days are capable of accessing the internet to play games, such as Microsoft's Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3, the Nintendo Wii and even the handheld Nintendo DS!
An online game is a video game played over some form of computer network, using a personal computer, video game console or handheld game console. This network is usually the internet or equivalent technology, but games have always used whatever technology was current: modems before the Internet, and hard wired terminals before modems. The expansion of online gaming has reflected the overall expansion of computer networks from small local networks to the internet and the growth of internet access itself. Online games can range from simple text based environments to games incorporating complex graphics and virtual worlds populated by many players simultaneously. Many online games have associated online communities, making online games a form of social activity beyond single player games.
"Online gaming is a technology rather than a genre, a mechanism for connecting players together rather than a particular pattern of gameplay." Online games are played over some form of computer network, typically on the Internet. One advantage of online games is the ability to connect to multiplayer games, although single-player online games are quite common as well. A second advantage of online games is that a great percentage of games don’t require payment. Also third that is worth noting is the availability of wide variety of games for all type of game players. Console Gaming
Main articles: Xbox Live and PlayStation Network
Xbox Live which was launched in 2002. Initially the console only used a feature called system link, which was where you could connect 2 consoles using an Ethernet cable. You could also use a router to connect multiple Xbox's together to play. Xbox Live evolved even further with the release of the Xbox 360. Xbox Live is $60 a year for a 12 Month Gold membership. First-person shooter games
Main article: First-person shooter
During the 1990s, online games started to move from a wide variety of LAN protocols (such as IPX) and onto the Internet using the TCP/IP protocol. Doom popularized the concept of deathmatch, where multiple players battle each other head-to-head, as a new form of online game. Since Doom, many first-person shooter games contain online components to allow deathmatch or arena style play. And by popularity, first person shooter games are becoming more and more widespread around the world. And FPS (First Person Shooter) games are now becoming more of an art form because it takes lots of skills and strategy with teammates. More first person shooter competitions are formed to give players a chance to showcase their talents individually or on a team. The kind of games that are played at the more popular competitions are Counter-Strike, Halo, Modern Warfare 3, QuakeLive and Unreal Tournament. Competitions have a range of winnings from money to hardware. Real-time strategy games
Main article: Real-time strategy
Early real-time strategy games often allowed multiplayer play over a modem or local network. As the...