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Man cannot live without entertainment. Entertainment can be of any type, passive like opera, movie, and theatre as well as active like sports. We all need to add some fun in our lives. Online gaming is one of the active modes of entertainment which provide relaxation and diversions. With the increase in computer technology and internet, gaming or rather online gaming has reached another level. They have become popular among every age group.
Online games are played using computer network or wireless networks with the help of our mobile phones. They are mostly free and enable the players to enjoy their time without any cost. These stuff range from simple text based games to those that include high intensity graphics. There are single player and multi-player online games. Single player online games are played by a single person for his own entertainment whereas a multi-player application is played by a lot of people creating an online community. This serves as a platform for social interaction.
Online games are sorted according to classifications based on their platform, publisher, date, character of franchise, feature, region, genre, technology, license, reception and so on. The most popular types of online games come under the classification based on genre. They are:
Action games which include fighting, shooting and platform games that emphasizes on physical challenges such as good hand-eye co-ordination and high reaction speed. There are action-adventure games in which elements of action are included in adventure games. They are more popular than pure action games as it includes both reflex as well as problem-solving.
Role playing game in which one is lost in the virtual kingdom and characters that they have built. Games like CLASH OF CLANS, Boom beach, HAYDAY are such addictive games.
Simulation games which include business, city building, space flight simulator, war games and so on. Various activities in real life are replicated in this type of game. There is no special goal in this game; it involves just running around playing as the character.
Arcade games are played in coin-operated machines placed in public places where people are likely to have free time. Now it can be played online competing with other people to gain a high score. This game is more unrealistic and mainly focuses on experience in playing the game quick. Games like TEKKEN, STREET FIGHTER , MORTAL COMBAT are so much popular that they have international competitions with big prize money.
These games have changed the way of entertainment but also have caused a lot of problems. Problems for those parents whose children invest most of their time in front of tv screens of arcade parlour. These games have also provided alternative for outdoor sports and as a result obesity is increasing. No doubt these games take us to different worlds and different adventures but we should know our limits and should play them as they are meant to be.