Online gaming is a technology, which let gamers to play over computer network such as personal computer (PC), laptop or gaming console with internet connection. Most popular PC games as played by millions of gamers like Flash Games & Online Games are usually web based games that may make use of Adobe Flash player as well.
Games can be played as a single-player or multiplayer and with the increasing popularity many games have formed online communities making it a social activity beyond causal single gamer, where possibly millions of players are engaged in the game at any given point of time. Gamers can communicate with other players via text chat sessions or they can even speak to each other via audio hardware.
Many games are free to play but some games require subscription or credits to proceed further in the game and to buy or unlock different characters, gears, locations etc. depending on the genre of the game.There are different genres of games available for all type of players from causal to serious players, ranging from puzzle, action, sports, adventure, role-playing, simulations, 2D side-scrollers, first person shooters, real-time strategy games and massive multiplayer (MMOs).
These games have the power to hook the players to keep on playing and with advanced technology along with enticing story line, superior& real like graphics, sound, simple to use interface, option of replay makes it a fun place to spend hours without realizing. However some games require high internet speed. In recent years gaming industryhad a rapid growth and became a big business.
Important issues regarding a few facts on Flash Games & Online Games are discussed below:
- Age rating
Most of these Flash Games & Online Games have age rating and it’s a big concern as game content should be appropriate with the age.
- Personal information
Players should keep their personal information as private and should not reveal it to other players to be on a safer side, especially children and young player. They should use a nickname and avatar while playing rather than using their real name and picture and should also keep the password secure.
- Interaction among players
While many games have a chat feature for players to interact, one should be very careful with their language. Since it’s a global platform player from different cultures and countries come together and there are chances of using inappropriate words or comments, and increase the risk of cyberbullying. To prevent this from happening players have to agree certain rules knows as End User License Agreement (EULA).
- Behavioral impact and Health
Gamers spend a lot of time online, which has negative effect on health and changes in sleeping pattern is also a big concern these days as games are addictive. Some researchers are even trying to link violent behavior is related to playing games for long hours; however this had not been scientifically proven yet. Gaming is said to release adrenaline, and with the slight increase in hormone level said to impact behavior for short time. Hence it is important for gamers to have a break in between, eat and drink and take time off and do their every-day activities.