A large collection of multiplayer games is strewn all over the internet; websites dedicated for the purpose have now been around for what seems like decades. The duration hasn’t been a long one, but the rapid pace at which the trend has caught on is surprising and also intriguing.
However exciting they may be, the fact remains that they’ve brought with themselves isolation to this generation: dozens of people can play each other without even knowing the people they play with directly. The era of internet has given rise to isolation. Although there are still games that would require direct contact of players playing in a monitored environment but thanks to internet, these games are getting lesser and lesser in number by the year.
Internet-based multiplayer games come in a huge variety of formats. Puzzle games require the players to co-operate to solve a certain puzzle using sets of hints. The sooner a player solves the puzzle, the higher up the position of the player is amongst all players. When all of them have solved the puzzle, the solution then gives them their next missions. Therefore, even though the effort is a team one, it’s still a competition. Multiplayer games continue to get more mature, advanced and sophisticated as the technology catches up with newer ideas.
Other very interesting multiplayer games include card games. Available on many websites and as downloadable content from various sources, these games bring original card games on to the screen of your computer, and the reality of these games is very striking. The game-play experience is virtually identical to the one that a person has while playing with their friends using cards on a table or the couch in any one person’s house. From gambling to simple amateur card games, every game is now available online for friends to play amongst themselves without leaving the comfort of their home. Even the props used in these games are highly realistic. Players get everything from cards, to copper coins, estates, money and so on. The data is calculated and stored on the computers, and this can be a huge load off the shoulders of gamers who aren’t good at Mental Mathematics too, as it reduces the chances of someone trying to get away with a little extra money at an instance or two. Such games have witnessed a huge rise in popularity in recent years and continue to do so. Some of the popularity may also be attributed to the fact that these games are now available virtually all over the internet; from dedicated gaming websites to applications on mobile phones and social networking websites, there’s hardly a platform out there that cannot boast a card game or two in its portfolio of games. Poker, Solitaire and other casino-based games are only a few examples.
Moreover, the sport-lovers out there can also enjoy highly realistic, console-level gaming on their laptops or PC’s through internet. This caters to the needs of football, cricket, tennis and basketball enthusiasts (to name a few) who like enjoying matches with their friends on their consoles. These consoles are an expensive alternative to PC gaming, and therefore such games being present on websites available through the internet means that a much larger spectrum of audience now has access to them. FIFA, Cricket and NBA are some examples of titles that are also available for online play and multiplayer gaming over internet WIFI, and have become popular among the youth.
Racing fans out there can now enjoy games on almost every online gaming website out there because highly sophisticated titles are now available, and only need Flash Players to run on your PC. They are less resource hungry as their console counterparts, and are therefore quite easily accessible on the internet. Moreover, the popularity of dedicated gaming websites means that there is never a lack of competitors for anyone who wishes to play games like these on the internet, be it their friends or total strangers.
Coming to the needs of the younger audience, there a lot of games available that can be played over a course of time that give you a mission that is to be completed; all online. Such games have been gaining popularity all over the internet. RuneScape is one such example that enjoys a huge fan following now and is one of the most massive multiplayer online fantasy games available on the internet. The popularity of it is enough to prove that games like this one that allow players to set their own goals and objectives while traveling through a kingdom, are on their way to become a major contender for high rank within the gaming community. Other similar examples that have now been available and are very popular on social networking websites for quite a while now include The Sims Social and Farmville among others. All these games can actually keep a young one pretty busy with something that is enjoyable as well as stimulating for the young brain.
The popularity of all forms of online multiplayer games is undeniable. However hard you may try to find evidence to the contrary, the truth remains that this genre of gaming has gained widespread popularity and is bound to come to the attention of big names in game-makers, which can only add to the already amazing rate at which such games are becoming accessible as home-based recreation.