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.
Toss games are one of the most popular yard games in North America that people play to whittle away the lazy afternoons. It is a much better option than watching TV or playing cards or chess. Of course that is not to say that card games or board games have no virtue at all or that watching TV is a waste of time. However, none of them will give you the exercise we all so badly need.Today a large percentage of the North American population is overweight thanks to the inactive lifestyle they lead and carbohydrate rich diet that they eat. Most of them will not undertake any regular exercise regime. However, these people may be tempted to play toss games, which will give them some exercise at least. It will also prevent them from gorging on the junk food that they usually consume while watching TV.However, toss games are not an alternative to the trip to the gym, but it does provide an opportunity for exercising our limbs. With all weather corn toss game, there is no excuse to stay hooked to the television set any more. You can play it indoors also, that is if you can make enough space. Nonetheless, you will have to forgo the wind and the sun, the flowers and the birds, the snow and the drizzle if you play indoors.Playing toss games outdoor has a charm of its own. Now that you need not be afraid of the corn bags getting soaked or the board getting wet, you can play in all weather condition. Generally, the corn toss boards are made of plywood, which may become swollen and spoils, if it is exposed to water or even to water vapor for a long time. All weather corn-toss game boards are generally made of plastics and therefore you have nothing to fear on this account.Under normal circumstances, corn-toss bags also need to be protected from weather elements because such bags are made from duck canvas and are filled with feed corn. Feed corn is very susceptible to mildew and hence become easily spoil. If the bag gets wet, you need to take out the corns, have them dried and then refill the bags before stitching it up once again. Otherwise, the mildew will get at the corns and will turn them into dust. The all weather corn toss game bags with their weatherproof cloth instead of duck canvas and plastic palettes instead of feed corn face no such hazards. You can get them as wet as you wish, drying them is no problem at all.A corn toss game is for every body. It is for the aged as it for the children. There is no age bar. Anybody old enough to understand the rules of the games can play it. It is not that the rules are very complicated. Two corn hole boards are set 33′ or 10m apart. There are two types of boards:Regulation boards – ACA approved boards measure 4′ x 2′ or 1.2m x 0.6m. Most of the all-weather boards stick to such measurements. Tailgating boards – Such boards are not approved by ACA, but are made smaller so that they can fit in the boot of the car. They measure 3′ x 2′ or 0.9m x 0.6m.Each board has a hole and a player is supposed to stand at the opposite end and throw the corn bags into the hole. The player can stand anywhere, but not further than back of or any closer than the front of the opposite board. Each player is allowed to throw four corn hole bags. He must not take more than 20 seconds to throw a bag. His time starts the moment he steps into the pitching area. A bag that falls inside the hole is worth three points and the bag that lands on the board, but does not fall in the hole is worth one point. The match is played until a player or team reaches 21. Incidentally, a corn toss game can be played in singles as well as in doubles.As I said, if a bag falls in the hole the team or the individual scores three points. It does not matter how the bags fall inside the hole. The bag can be directly tossed into the hole or it can slide into one. It can even be pushed into the hole by another bag thrown by the opposite team. It adds to the fun element and that is why you need two sets bags of two distinct colors to represent the two team or individual. Buy a corn toss game set to enjoy your leisure fruitfully.