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.
Many people will say many different things about tarot cards and tarot card descriptions; truth is there are many ways to understand them, but only one true way to actually define them. Tarot cards are a stack of cards placed in front of you, defining some of your most sought after questions in life.Symbolism means everything in these cards, the mystical images for the divination and infamous fortune telling. They are most commonly known for their aspects of being a valuable thing for help with your life’s problems. People generally turn to these tarot card descriptions as a means of understanding their problems, concerns or questions in life and relationships. Tarot card descriptions may mean something different to each individual; however the cards themselves only have one meaning per card, symbol or suit.Tarot cards were first known for being the card game used for entertainment among the upper class in ancient times. In the most popular tarot card descriptions, there is the game of “trumps”. This one in particular is a short word for triumph. There are 21 particular cards that could be ultimately played, no matter what hand was followed. These cards actually stood out from the normal or ordinary cards in hand. The idea that these cards were “special” gave the impression that they had special powers. Tarot card description can be difficult to understand, but with the right teaching or guidance can make complete sense.In tarot card descriptions there are four suits; Swords, Wands, Pentacles and Cups. These were often compared with the natural elements from their world by Europeans, and thought to hold mystical powers of sorts. They soon brought in the images to these cards giving them even more meaning to their occult beliefs. The tarot card descriptions will portray an aspect in your life depending on the suit presented to you.Druids, pagan priests, and witches were often the ones dealing these cards for people, creating an element of power among the people and villages. It is still widely accepted and known today that these cards hold a mystical power and that the tarot card descriptions were each just as powerful.Each card has a different suit, a different meaning or tarot card description, none of which will ever be exactly the same. The reader understands these cards and what each picture or symbol means. The person will have a symbol that represents an aspect of their life, sort of like a puzzle. The reader will put together the “puzzle” in a sense that ultimately will make sense to the person having the reading done.As each card is turned over by the person, the reader will be able to explain the meaning or description of that tarot card and its relation to each prior card that has been turned over. Often the person will soon figure out what each card was trying to represent in their life and revealing a solution to their problem or unanswered questions. Tarot card descriptions can ultimately help a person throughout their lives if done correctly.