The Info List - Online Game

An online game is a video game that is either partially or primarily played through the Internet
or any other computer network available .[1] Online games are ubiquitous on modern gaming platforms, including PCs, consoles and mobile devices, and span many genres, including first-person shooters, strategy games and massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG).[2] The design of online games can range from simple text-based environments to the incorporation of complex graphics and virtual worlds.[3] The existence of online components within a game can range from being minor features, such as an online leaderboard, to being part of core gameplay, such as directly playing against other players. Many online games create their own online communities, while other games, especially social games, integrate the players' existing real-life communities.[4] Online game culture sometimes faces criticisms for an environment that might promote cyberbullying, violence, and xenophobia. Some are also concerned about gaming addiction or social stigma.[5] Online games have attracted players from a variety of ages, nationalities, and occupations.[6][7][8] Online game content can also be studied in scientific field, especially gamers' interactions within virtual societies in relation to the behavior and social phenomena of everyday life.[6][7] It has been argued that, since the players of an online game are strangers to each other and have limited communication, the individual player's experience in an online game is not essentially different from playing with artificial intelligence players.[9] Online games also have the problem of not being permanently playable, unlike purchased retail games, as they require special servers in order to function.


1 History 2 Demographics 3 Online games

3.1 First-person shooter
First-person shooter
game (FPS) 3.2 Real-time strategy
Real-time strategy
game (RTS) 3.3 Multiplayer online battle arena
Multiplayer online battle arena
game (MOBA) 3.4 Massively multiplayer online game
Massively multiplayer online game
(MMO) 3.5 Console gaming 3.6 Browser games 3.7 MUD

4 Online game governance 5 See also 6 References

History[edit] Main article: History of online games The history of online games dates back to the early days of packet-based computer networking in the 1970s,[4] An early example of online games are MUD, including the first, MUD1, which was created in 1978 and originally confined to an internal network before becoming connected to ARPANet
in 1980.[10] Commercial games followed in the next decade, with Islands of Kesmai, the first commercial online role-playing game, debuting in 1984,[10] as well as more graphical games, such as the MSX
LINKS action games in 1986,[11] the flight simulator Air Warrior
Air Warrior
in 1987, and the Famicom Modem's online Go game in 1987.[12] The rapid availability of the Internet
in the 1990s led to an expansion of online games, with notable titles including Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds (1996), Quakeworld
(1996), Ultima Online (1997), Lineage (1998), Starcraft
(1998), Counter-Strike
(1999) and EverQuest
(1999). Video game
Video game
consoles also began to receive online networking features, such as the Famicom Modem
Famicom Modem
(1987), Sega Meganet (1990), Satellaview
(1995), SegaNet
(1996), PlayStation 2
PlayStation 2
(2000) and Xbox (2001).[3][13] Following improvements in connection speeds,[5] more recent developments include the popularization of new genres, such as social games, and new platforms, such as mobile games.[14] Demographics[edit] The assumption that online games in general are populated mostly by males has remained somewhat accurate for years. Recent statistics begin to diminish the male domination myth in gaming culture. Although a worldwide number of male online gamers still dominates over female (52% by 48%);[15] women accounted for more than half of the players of certain games. The report Online Game Market Forecasts estimates worldwide revenue from online games to reach $35 billion by 2017, up from $19 billion in 2011.[16] Online games[edit]

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First-person shooter
First-person shooter
game (FPS)[edit] Main article: First-person shooter During the 1990s, online games started to move from a wide variety of LAN protocols (such as IPX) and onto the Internet
using the TCP/IP protocol. Doom popularized the concept of a deathmatch, where multiple players battle each other head-to-head, as a new form of online game. Since Doom, many first-person shooter games contain online components to allow deathmatch or arena style play. And by popularity, first person shooter games are becoming more and more widespread around the world. The kind of games that are played at the more popular competitions are Counter-Strike, Halo, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Quake Live
Quake Live
and Unreal Tournament. Competitions have a range of winnings from money to hardware. Expansion of hero shooters, a subgenre of shooter games, happened in 2016 when several developers released or announced their hero shooter multiplayer online game (Battleborn, Overwatch, and Paladins).[17] Real-time strategy
Real-time strategy
game (RTS)[edit] Main article: Real-time strategy Early real-time strategy games often allowed multiplayer play over a modem or local network. As the Internet
started to grow during the 1990s, software was developed that would allow players to tunnel the LAN protocols used by the games over the Internet. By the late 1990s, most RTS games had native Internet
support, allowing players from all over the globe to play with each other. Popular RTS games with online communities have included Age of Empires, Sins of a Solar Empire, StarCraft and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War. Multiplayer online battle arena
Multiplayer online battle arena
game (MOBA)[edit] Main article: Multiplayer online battle arena A specific subgenre of strategy video games referred to as multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) gained popularity in the 2010s as a form of electronic sports, encompassing games such as the Defense of the Ancients mod for Warcraft III, its Valve-developed sequel Dota 2, League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, Smite, and Mobile Legends. Massively multiplayer online game
Massively multiplayer online game
(MMO)[edit] Main article: Massively multiplayer online game Massively multiplayer online games were made possible with the growth of broadband Internet
access in many developed countries, using the Internet
to allow hundreds of thousands of players to play the same game together. Many different styles of massively multiplayer games are available, such as:

MMORPG (Massively multiplayer online role-playing game) MMORTS (Massively multiplayer online real-time strategy) MMOFPS (Massively multiplayer online first-person shooter) MMOSG (Massively multiplayer online social game)

Console gaming[edit] Main articles: Xbox Live
Xbox Live
and PlayStation Network Xbox Live
Xbox Live
was launched in November 2002. Initially the console only used a feature called system link, where players could connect two consoles using an Ethernet cable, or multiple consoles through a router. With the original Xbox Microsoft launched Xbox Live, allowing shared play over the internet. A similar feature exists on the PlayStation 3
PlayStation 3
in the form of the PlayStation Network, and the Wii
also supports a limited amount of online gaming. Nintendo also has a network, dubbed "Nintendo Network", that fully supports online gaming with the Wii
U and 3DS
consoles. Browser games[edit] Main article: Browser game As the World Wide Web
World Wide Web
developed and browsers became more sophisticated, people started creating browser games that used a web browser as a client. Simple single player games were made that could be played using a web browser via HTML
and HTML
scripting technologies (most commonly JavaScript, ASP, PHP
and MySQL). The development of web-based graphics technologies such as Flash and Java allowed browser games to become more complex. These games, also known by their related technology as "Flash games" or "Java games", became increasingly popular. Browser-based pet games are popular amongst the younger generation of online gamers. These games range from gigantic games with millions of users, such as Neopets, to smaller and more community-based pet games. More recent browser-based games use web technologies like Ajax to make more complicated multiplayer interactions possible and WebGL
to generate hardware-accelerated 3D graphics without the need for plugins. MUD[edit] Main article: MUD MUD
are a class of multi-user real-time virtual worlds, usually but not exclusively text-based, with a history extending back to the creation of MUD1
by Richard Bartle
Richard Bartle
in 1978. MUD
were the direct predecessors of MMORPG.[18] Online game governance[edit] Online gamers must agree to an End-user license agreement (EULA) when they first install the game application or an update. EULA is a legal contract between the producer or distributor and the end-user of an application or software, which is to prevent the program from being copied, redistributed or hacked.[19] The consequences of breaking the agreement vary according to the contract. Players could receive warnings to termination, or direct termination without warning. In the 3D immersive world Second Life
Second Life
where a breach of contract will append the player warnings, suspension and termination depending on the offense.[20] Where online games supports an in-game chat feature, it is not uncommon to encounter hate speech, sexual harassment and cyberbullying.[21][22] Players, developers, gaming companies, and professional observers are discussing and developing tools which discourage antisocial behavior.[23] There are also sometimes Moderators present, who attempt to prevent Anti-Social behaviour. Recent development of gaming governance requires all video games (including online games) to hold a rating label. The voluntary rating system was established by the Entertainment Software
Rating Board (ESRB). A scale can range from "E" (stands for Everyone) inferring games that are suitable for both children and adults, to "M" (stands for Mature) recommending games that are restricted to age above 17. Some explicit online game can be rated "AO" (stands for Adult Only), identifying games that have content suitable for only adults over the age of 18. Furthermore, online games must also carry an ESRB notice that warns that any "online interactions are not rated by the ESRB". See also[edit]

Video games portal

Multiplayer video game Massively multiplayer online game History of online games Voice chat in online gaming List of video game genres


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Resource Center ^ Takano, Masaharu (September 11, 1995). "How the Famicom Modem
Famicom Modem
was Born". Nikkei Electronics (in Japanese). English translation by GlitterBerri.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ Donovan, Tristan (2010). Replay: The History of Video Games. East Sussex, England: Yellow Ant. ISBN 978-0956507204.  ^ "Mobile Games". Techopedia.  ^ "Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry" (PDF). entertainment software association.  ^ Gaudiosi, John (July 18, 2012). "New Reports Forecast Global Video Game Industry Will Reach $82 Billion By 2017". Forbes. Retrieved November 27, 2014.  ^ Wawro, Alex (May 6, 2016). "Hero Shooters: Charting the (re)birth of a genre". Gamasutra. Retrieved May 6, 2016.  ^ Castronova, Edward (2006). Synthetic Worlds: The Business and Culture of Online Games. University Of Chicago Press. pp. 10, 291. ISBN 0-226-09627-0. [pp. 10] The ancestors of MMORPG were text-based multiuser domains (MUD) [...] [pp. 291] Indeed, MUD generate perhaps the one historical connection between game-based VR and the traditional program [...]  ^ Nahmias, Jordan. "The EULA: What it does, how it works (and, what does EULA even mean)". nahmiaslaw.  ^ "Community: Incident Report". Second Life. Archived from the original on August 20, 2008. Retrieved February 12, 2010.  ^ Inkblot (February 29, 2012). "Back to Basics, Getting Beyond the Drama". shoryuken.com/. Retrieved August 2, 2012.  ^ Amy O'Leary (August 1, 2012). "In Virtual Play, Sex Harassment Is All Too Real". The New York Times. Retrieved August 2, 2012.  ^ Portnow, James. "Extra Credits: Harassment". penny-arcade.com: Extra Credits. Archived from the original (video) on August 2, 2012. Retrieved August 2, 2012. This week, we tackle the rampant bullying, misogyny and hate speech that occurs within the gaming community. 

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distribution platforms and content delivery networks

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distribution Streaming media


Personal computer

Allmyapps Amazon Digital Game Store Battle.net Big Fish Games Chrome Web Store Digital River Direct2Drive DotEmu GOG.com GameHouse GameShadow GamersGate Games for Windows – Live Game Jolt GNOME Software Green Man Gaming Humble Store Mac Games Arcade itch.io Mac App Store MacUpdate Metaboli/GamesPlanet Microsoft Store MSN Games Origin Playism Playster Pogo.com Pokki Steam Ubuntu Software
Center Uplay WildTangent

Video game consoles

GameFly Microsoft Store Nintendo eShop PlayStation Now PlayStation Store Wii
Shop Channel Xbox Store Xbox Live
Xbox Live


Amazon Appstore Appsfire Apple App Store Aptoide BlackBerry World Cafe Bazaar Cydia F-Droid GamersGate GetJar Google Play Handango Microsoft Store Samsung Apps SlideME Opera Mobile Store Playster Ubuntu App Store Windows Phone Store


ALL.Net NESiCAxLive E-Amusement


Desura GameAgent GameTap Games for Windows Marketplace Impulse Intel AppUp Jumboplay Kazaa N-Gage Nokia Store OnLive PlayNow Arena Stardock Central Triton Windows Marketplace Windows Marketplace
Windows Marketplace
for Mobile Yahoo! Games Zune Marketplace Zylom

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Cooperative gameplay Multiplayer online game Massively multiplayer online game




Action Arcade Role-playing Simulation Strategy


History of online games History of massively multiplayer online games List of massively multiplayer online strategy video games


Virtual economy

Virtual tax

Social interaction in MMORPGs Virtual world

Persistent world

Non-player character

See also

Online game

Browser game

Social networking service

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Video game
Video game
genres (List)


Beat 'em up

Hack and slash

Fighting Maze

Pac-Man clone

Platform Shooter

First-person Third-person Side-scrolling Top-down isometric Light gun Shoot 'em up Tactical


Battle royale


Grand Theft Auto clone Immersive sim Metroidvania Stealth Survival horror

Psychological horror


Escape the room Interactive fiction Interactive movie Point n' click Visual novel




Action role-playing Dungeon crawl Roguelike Tactical role-playing


Construction and management

Business City Government

Life simulation

Dating sim Digital pet God Social simulation



4X Multiplayer online battle arena Real-time strategy

Tower defense Time management

Real-time tactics Turn-based strategy Turn-based tactics Wargame

Vehicle simulation

Flight simulator

Amateur Combat Space


Kart racing Sim racing

Submarine simulator Train simulator Vehicular combat

Other genres

Artillery Breakout clone Eroge Exergame Incremental Music


Non-game Party Programming Puzzle

Sokoban Tile-matching

Related concepts

Advertising Arcade game Art game Audio game Casual game Christian game Crossover game Cult game Educational game FMV Gamification Indie game Multiplayer video game Nonlinear gameplay

Open world

Nonviolent video game Online game

Browser game Multiplayer online game Online gambling Social network game

Pervasive game Serious game Toys-to-life Twitch gameplay Vide