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Download versus Online Games

Videogames are still a relatively new form of entertainment; the modern games industry has been around for less than 40 years. Compared to movies and music, games are still evolving and have yet to reach their full potential. Games have many genres and facets; two popular genres are download games and Online Games. Iíll discuss each of these two types below.

Online games and download games both have their roots in traditional gaming practices. Online games are simply an extension of classic multi-player games, classic multiplayer on steroids. While download games serve as a more efficient way to get your games, avoiding the hassle of packaging and eliminating costs. They are typically cheaper and can be downloaded directly to your computer. For gamers on a budget the ability to play free games and download free online games is a breath of fresh air. Imagine going to and playing additive card games such as fresh air solitaire.

The Internet offers many downloadable games. They range from Mahjong, puzzle games and arcade games. The popularity of download games has vastly increased with the higher adoption rate of broadband connections. Half of the country already has broadband connections and this creates a large market. Also aiding this increase would be the recent introduction of downloadable content. Many games offer, cheats, extra levels and in the case of classic remakes their former arcade game equivalent. The future for download games is so bright that many companies such as Microsoft are investing billions into this area. Many executives at the software giant believe that downloadable content will soon replace physical media. The other genre online games are also blazing new trails.

Online games currently have more features than your standalone non-internet connection multi-player games. Generally there is a four-player limit for mult-player games, online games increases this exponentially. Games like Call of Duty can have 32 players while online RPGs increase that number to thousands. These games have been traditionally pc games yet they have trickled to the console sector. The competition in online games is also a driving force for their popularity. The A.I competitors in stand-alone games may not be enough for some players, so online games allow them to challenge themselves more. Because of our busy lives itís difficult for a group of friends to get together and compete in gaming bouts. Online games remedy this, allowing people to busy to coordinate gaming sessions, to hop online and play anytime they want.

Itís interesting to look back at gaming when coming up with the next big. Many of the innovations of today are enhanced creations from long before. Immense online gaming has evolved from simple multi-player gaming while; purchasing games from retail has changed to a connected download model. Want to see what the future holds just look to the past.
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