The most prolific game in people’s opinion is one which· Stimulates the mind· Improves memory· Augment the mental processing rate.Such games aid in the improvement of the mental ability. They let you think out of the box. Just as much as the physical exercise is important the mental workout is needed too, it does hone your intellectual skills.Board games either real or virtual provide the much needed exercise for your brain.Their characteristics involve strategies, set of rules, aim etc. Usually, your enemy is not on the board, but the one who is your competitor i.e. Player 2. There are numerous board games that have been played by our grandparents as well during their times. The much required freshness in new concepts has been brought by the Hex game, which is a new form of board games. This is to be played by maximum two players. You need not worry if you are single as the computer can play along with you in the same way as any human would.Turn by turn each player keeps their piece on the hexagon shaped board. The aim is to form a straight line of the color piece from one corner to another. You need to keep in mind that the line should be uniform without different color of pieces in it.Here comes the smart part that makes the Hex game more interesting. The player has to save the colored piece from getting changed to the opponent’s colored piece by keeping it away from contact.While you place your stone in the empty space of the hexagonal block, check if the next dent has the opponent’s stone in it. If yes, then avoid that place as it would lead your piece to change to the opponent’s piece. It makes you lose your stone and that territory.The crux of the problem lies in the well-thought and correct positioning of your colored piece. Many times such activities put strain on the brain but the Hex game on the contrary will calm you down and make you feel delighted.The hex game can be played by any age group and for numerous times. It won’t make you tired. Also, it could be played over the internet with someone, who is real and is located in the other part of the world. All that is required is a mouse click and your intellectual skills, which would grow more after you start playing it. With each move it tends to develop your own strategic skills.Board games are commonly considered to be therapeutic and to experience it you must definitely try a board game.
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.