Online Gaming and Rating Systems
Online games refer to online games which are played over some kind of computer networking, most frequently the Internet. Online games are usually played by individuals using computers connected to the Internet either through a broadband connection or through a modem. Online games can range from very simple text-based games to highly complex games with virtual worlds populated with multiple players at the same time. Some of these games are very popular with children, while others are more popular with adults. The term “virtual world” is sometimes used to describe online games as well. Online games differ from traditional console and computer games in many ways.
For example, traditional computer games are generally controlled by the player, whereby he or she controls a virtual character on a computer screen. With online games, on the other hand, the player does not necessarily have any real life representation of that character. Instead, the character that the player is controlling is a “virtual character” that is created by the game developer for that particular game. The character may be a person, an animal, or a set of items. The movements of the character, however, are determined by the programming language used for the online game.
In addition, online games are very different from offline games in many respects. Offline computer games are generally played in single player mode where one player plays against the computer, and the other player plays against the computer. Online multiplayer games, on the other hand, are played between two or more actual players. Many online games are played by one or more people at the same time. This can take the form of a multi-player game, where two or more computers are hooked up to play the game at the same time; or it can take the form of a free for all, in which any player can join in on the action without having to compete with anyone else.
Many online games can range in complexity from a simple text based game, through to a complex game requiring strategy and real world skill. Some online games can even be downloaded to your computer and played from there on your own computer network. The type of internet gaming available can be referred to as MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games), and many of these games take the form of massively multi-player online role-playing games, or multiplayer online role-playing games. Typical massively multi-player online games have hundreds, if not thousands, of players participating in the game at the same time.
Many online games can also include some kind of trading element. For example, in World of Warcraft there are “gathering” and “crafting” skills, which need to be mastered in order to advance to the next level. This is done through the use of gold, which can then be used to purchase the needed tools for further advancement. Each player in the game will start off with only a handful of gold, which will increase each time they level up. The same is true of many other massively multi-player online games, where players collect rare items that are required for progression through the game. The rare items can often be traded for items that are much stronger, allowing the player to level up faster while equipping themselves with more tools for their character.
Video games with a rating system have become increasingly popular in recent years, particularly amongst younger audiences. Many websites allow players to create a ranking system for games based upon a particular individual’s opinion of the game. For example, a high score means that the player feels that the game is of a higher quality than most other players, and is more enjoyable to play. A low score is described as being unsatisfactory, and players are urged to seek out reviews of various titles before deciding whether or not to buy a game. Such ratings are usually displayed on the games home page, and may appear beneath the user name and e-mail address of the player.