Online gaming is a computer-based game that uses the Internet as a medium. Online games can usually be accessed directly through the manufacturer’s website. Online games consist of various types, such as simple text-based games to complex graphics-based games that we can meet in a variety of strategy-themed online games. One of the characteristics of online game that sets it apart from other types of computer-based game is the ability to accommodate a lot of players. A strategy-themed online game can provide facility for millions of people to play. A strategy-themed or war-themed online game can display a virtual world that can accommodate a lot of players.
Online games can be classified into the following types:
Massively Multiplayer Online First-person shooter games (MMOFPS)
This game type uses first person perspective. You will feel as if you are inside the game. First-person perspective is usually used by the online games which have themes relating a battle between police and terrorists. Counter Strike, Point Blank, Unreal, Call of Duty can be classified as Massively Multiplayer Online First-person shooter games.
Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing games (MMORPG)
This game type typically uses fairy tales and mythical figures as subjects. Commonly called RPG, this type is more emphasizing on social interaction, instead of emphasizing the targets to be achieved. Warfare between groups of players is the hallmark of an RPG game. Lord of the Rings Online, Final Fantasy, and Ragnarok Online can be classified as Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing games.
Massively Multiplayer Online Real-time strategy games (MMORTS)
This type requires every player to be having a powerful playing strategy. Commonly called RTS, this type usually takes history as a background of the game. Not only history, an RTS game can also take the fantasy and science fiction themes as the background of the game. Warcraft, Stormfall: Age of War, and Age of Empires can be classified as Massively Multiplayer Online Real-time strategy games.
Cross-platform online play
This type has a unique characteristic, which can be played by a variety of different devices. You can play this type using a Playstation, Dreamcast, Xbox and various other gaming devices, as long as those various devices support online functions. Need for Speed can be classed as a cross-platform online game.
This type is emphasizing on the application of simulation made as closely as possible to real life. A simulation game usually takes everyday life in the middle of residential areas as the game theme. The metropolis theme is a common theme that is used in this type. You can classify Second Life as a simulation game.
Massively multiplayer online games (MMOG)
This type can facilitate interaction among more than 100 players in the same time. This type only can be played through an Internet network that has stability and high speed. This is the reason why this type is very rarely played in various third world countries. Modern countries like South Korea with very fast Internet speed are very suitable to serve as a place to play Massively Multiplayer Online Games.