Did my mom go crazy??

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 in Browser Games, Online Games

It was first time in my life when I saw my mom playing computer games! It was not even simple computer game as some solitaire or saper.. she played some online browser game! How she did it? She do not even know how to use the Internet – the only thing she can do without anyone help is checking her e-mail. My mom went crazy or someone helped her? And why she decided to start playing online games after 50..? I was so shocked that I did not ask her about it. Usually when I come home, dinner is waiting for my and my mom is reading newspapers or watching TV, but never plays games. What has changed? I will try to explain it, but I think that parents would have never stop surprise us.
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Phenomenon of multiplayer browser games!

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 in Browser Games, Online Games, Skill Games

Rivalry, competition, emotions.. who does not love it! Multiplayer browser games give us the opportunity to play in a few people using the network – what mean that we do not even need to leave home! Sounds great, huh?:) Multiplayer online games we can define as a games that can be played via the Internet with people all over the world. Among them we can mention: fights games, sports games, car racing games, strategy video games, skill games and more. Players might be independent opponents or formed into teams, all depends on the kind of game. As we see, in a variety of different browser games, players can individually compete against other players (two or more), work cooperatively with others in order to achieve common goals or create a team to play against a computer. What is the best, multiplayer games allow players to enjoy interaction with other individuals, create with them partnerships and even virtual, social communities. No matter of the fact that I am a big fan of shuttle to bubbles and other simple, one-player, browser games, I always enjoy playing multiplayer games. They give me a feeling of being a part of some group. Ability to compete with other encourages me to play them.
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Senior player

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 in Online Games

Online browser games? What is it? – This is my grandmothers question she once asked me. In fact it was about a year ago, she was then seventy-five years old. Can you imagine? No, I am not upset that she did not know what it is, I am impressed by her curiosity! She asked because she heard my conversation with parents, who claim that I play too much skill games. After her question, their stopped focusing on me – we were all to shocked. I explained, even showed what online browser games are, and she even made some scores. She enjoyed it so much, that after some days she started attending computer and Internet using course for seniors at local University. She is now playing skill games better than me (not amazing, I have to work and she is retired) and she says that she has met a lot of new friends on the course. She enjoyed it so much, that now she is at the university more often than real students. I thing it is good that some old people like to develop themselves even in Autumn of their lives. I am also thankful for those people teaching them, because now I have shared language with my Grannie, even though still can not communicate with my parents.I want to be such senior (if i will be alive around my seventies).
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What is the difference between online games and browser games?

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 in Browser Games, Online Games

Many people confuse this two terms, so we decided  to explain the differences between them. Online games can be define as games that we play by using the Internet. They can range from simple text based games to games involving complex graphics, special effects, music soundtrack and virtual communities consisting of players from all over the world. As we see, online games are not only technology that allows players to play but also online communities, making online games a form of social activity. During last years they have become more popular because of development in Java and Flash areas and due to the fact that nowadays access to the Internet is common, that most of the people have it. Online games can be divided into:
- strategy games,
- cross-platform games,
- browser games,
- Massively multiplayer online games (MMOG).
On the list above we can find browser games – a computer games that are played over the Internet using a web browser. The same as online games can be single-player or multiplayer. However, among browser games single-player are more common and among online games on the contrary multiplayer. Another difference between them is that, online games can be played over some form of computer networks, not only on the Internet like browser games do. Moreover browser games are often played in more frequent, shorter sessions compared to strategy online games. I hope, that now most of You will understand the differences between online and browser games.
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How playing online games helps in career

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 in Browser Games, Online Games, Skill Games

Elliot Noss, Director of Internet domain provided by Tucows, for five months was trained to become a better leader. How? Playing for six, seven hours a week in ”World of Warcraft”.

  In “World of Warcraft” are a lot of situations where you have to demonstrate leadership skills - says Noss. When we participate in an attack, which is guided by ineffective leader, it is easy to see how valuable management skills are, the appropriate preparation and establishing a clear hierarchy to know who has what role.
We all believe that playing online browser games is not helping in education or in work and that it is only distracting us.  However, there is a school, according to which, playing online browser games in moderation and in spare time can help us get success in professional life.
It turns out that the best results get young people, who come to the work teams with the experience acquired in the online games all the time. They feel motivated to pursue new challenges and closely track the performance indicators - explains JohnHagel, one of the presidents of the center of technology strategy at Deloitte. Hagel examined the effect of playing online games, such as skill games on young people’s performance in the workplace.Games also pose an unexpected challenge to players and force them to cope with new situations. Players learn how to respond to new challenges and look for them to grow.They also learn how to improvise, which will  make them easier to show their creativity during solving problems that are not described in the company handbook.
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Online games from player point of view

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 in Online Games

Official definition of online games sounds “online gaming is a technology rather than a genre, a mechanism for connecting players together rather than a particular pattern of gameplay”. Let’s take a look what this words mean for real players. Are they agree?
1) Jack, 22, Warsaw: “No.. online games are not only a technology. They are more a way of entertainment, addictive gameplay, chance for relieve emotions and internal tension. They always make mu fun, no matter if I have only few minutes to play them or long hours, because of laying sick in my bed. It also easy way to compete with my friend without leaving house, thanks to our favourite games we can be in touch every time”.
2) Philip, 18, Berlin: “To be honest, I have become a fan of online games recently. Why I like them? Mhm.. maybe because of theirs easily available, I can play them every time, even when I stuck in traffic during rush hours or when I wait in queue to a doctor. Thanks God I have got my IPhone and online games!”
3) Anna, 20, Wienn: “Online games more a technology and mechanism for connecting players together? Mechanism?! No way.. I have never thought about them like about mechanism. For sure it is something more. A day without playing is a lost day. Emotions, fun, friends, competition.. all this factors mix in one sentence “online games”.”
As we see, book definitions not always reflect reality.
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