Brief History of Online Games
An online game is a video game that either partially or primarily played through the Internet or another computer network. Since the 1990’s a number of computer, video and online games have been developed. In this modern era, entertainment is available in just one click of a button. Millions of people play online games by sitting at different places in the world and this is what constitutes a virtual world. Online games seem very realistic as developed by the creative developers.
There is wide interest in the potential of ‘serious’ online games as vehicles for learning. Online games are intended to produce changes in the gamer’s behavior, attitude which is reflected in their real lives.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Online games are full of amusement and fun for some people while it becomes an addiction to some gamers. So, it can have both pros and cons. First, let us look at its advantages:
- For workers, online games serve as a media to relieve their day-to-day life mental stresses and gives them self-satisfaction of accomplishment of their goal.
- Scientific research has proven that the critical thinking skills of gamers and their minds work 20% faster when it comes to practical work as compared to non-gamers.
Now, some of its disadvantages include:
- Some people become addicted to the online games which has adverse effect not only health wise, but also in their daily lives.
- Sometime people spend more time in their computer than some other things, which sometimes tend to make them literally useless.
- Online games can be very addictive; it could lead to serious diseases like obesity.
What Makes an Online Game Addictive?
There are many features and characteristics in online games, making them seem addictive to the gamer. Some of them are as follows: –
- The High Score: Trying to beat the high score even if the player is trying to beat his own score can keep a player playing for hours. This is one of the major reasons to make someone addicted.
- Beating the Game: This is the most prominent reason to make an online game addictive. The desire to beat the game is fed as a player “levels up,” or finds the next hidden clue. This desire and excitement of getting something new and more challenging keeps a player busy for hours without batting an eye-lid.
- Best character: As the player moves on in the game, consequently, an emotional attachment to the character starts building up, and the story makes it much harder to stop playing it.
- Discovery: The adventurous and exploring games are another reason for it. The thrill of discovery and exploring even if it does not really exist in the virtual world can be quite compelling.
- Relationships: Online role-playing games allow people to build relationships with other players. This online community becomes the place where they’re most accepted, which draws them back again and again. This makes it tempting for them to switch to online virtual world for more hours than required.