Playing computer games is a wonderful way to relive stress or wile way some leisure time. Young kids and teens are completely addicted to virtual computer games nowadays. Virtual gaming is fun and adventure filled without any actual danger or strenuous effort.No bruises or falling down while playing here. A stable internet connection is all that is needed for downloading free games for Mac. Teenagers are often shy and socially inept and find it difficult to make friends easily. They therefore prefer spending time playing virtual games on their home PC or laptop.What are Mac games specifically? Remember if you have a Mac system then there is no way other kind of virtual games that run on Windows system will work on your system. So you need to search for games that are specially designed for Macintosh systems alone.Hence, the moniker of Mac games and you will find plenty of sites online providing downloading options for many types of games for Mac free of cost..No matter how difficult or strenuous your real life may be, in virtual reality you can forget all your worries and tensions to adopt a new life for yourself. Create a new identity whether of a deposed king trying to win back his kingdom or a magician trying survive dangers in Magic Island or a Roman emperor trying to outsmart all conspirators.There are different sorts of games for Mac for different people catering to myriad of tastes and interest. There are story driven adventure games where the player needs to solve a puzzle, hidden object games where one must locate special objects to win, simulation games that tend to imitate real life be it in business or politics, war and strategy games where focus is on planning, word games where there are interesting word puzzles to solve, action oriented games, virtual recreation of classic board and card games which you can play with others as well and also games for really young kids.Let us take a look at some of well known and popular games for Mac available online.Drawn: Dark Flight – Help princess Iris light the 3 flaming beacons that keep away the darkness form kingdom of Stonebriar and regain her throne from the evil dark lord.Mystic Diary: Haunted Island – Travel back to the black woods and rescue the ghostly crew along with Victor from the mysterious magical diary.Soap Opera Dash – Help Rosie film a soap opera and keep all the actors and crew happy in the process.Mystery Trackers: The Void – Explore the Void mansion, unlock its secrets and rescue the celebrities trapped there.Build a Lot – Improve the virtual town by building nice houses.Life Quest – Find your dream career and build a new life in virtual reality.
When we refer to online games we are normally referring to video type games that we play on a computer via the internet. Some video games are played over the internet using mobile phones and video consoles, but generally speaking online games means computer games that need an internet connection to be played. Simple text-based multiplayer games were the first of these types of games as internet connections were slow and expensive when these games were first introduced in the 1980s. Gradually these games became popular in the 1990s, with today’s online games featuring virtual communities, realistic graphics and multiplayer games where people can even play one to one or in knock out tournaments for cash prizes. We all know that the internet is the fastest growing market place in the history of the world but did you know that there is an online games sector that is growing 4 times faster than the internet overall! Yes! and it’s the “Online Skill Games” market.There are many styles of Online GamesSome of the different types of online games that exist:1. Real time strategy games: This type of game is all about strategy where, for your army to fight successfully against the other internet players you need to develop a game plan by building lots of resources2. First person shooter: Here the players compete with each other one to one. In most first-person type games, the online game allows the death match or arena style of play. In this style of game play the view you see is the one seen from your character’s eyes.3. Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG): In this type of game each person has to keep trying to reach the next highest level until he has reached the top one written for that game and these online games can have, simultaneously, thousands of players from every part of the globe, playing in a giant virtual world interacting against or with each other. Gamers can keep playing these types of games for months or even years!4. Browser type games: These are pastime games that are quick, simple and small that are played in your browser. The popular Java and Shockwave technologies are used to develop these games.5. Online skill games: An online skill based game is a web game played in tournament format or one to one. Each player pays a cash entry fee to play with a cash or merchandise prize going to the winner or winners. The outcome of each competition is based on the player’s ability and performance not luck.How Do Online Game Companies Make MoneyAll games today, are playable online. How do we make money? This is the question that companies making the online games have to ask themselves. The majority of companies make single-player games that are played at home and in this the player has to beat the artificial intelligence of the enemy. Today these games normally include an online multiplayer version which can be played against or with other Internet players. By selling their game DVD/CDs is how these companies earn their profit e.g. Warcraft 3 and Counter Strike. Advertising and promotions is how browser game companies make their money. MMORPG companies generally charge their players a monthly fee and continue to add content by programming new scenarios etc in their games e.g. Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft. Some don’t, but survive because their DVD/CD sales are high e.g. Guild Wars.What is the future of online games?Soon there will be a new entry into the online skill games market. According to their Free Online Games Market Report they will be the first company with their new online skill games platform, to launch a business that encapsulates three of the newest phenomena on the internet today. Online Games Entertainment, Social Networking using web 2.0 and a new way of marketing which has been described as Social Marketing 2.0. One of the core differences with this new platform over the conventional models is that we the players can if we want share in the profits while we play our games. With the market today (2007) worth approximately $5.2 billion USD and predicted to rise in the next 3 years to over $13 billion USD that’s $412 per second and with social networking sites already reaching 45% of web users and the 4 major Instant Messengers having more than 400 million users between them this potentially could be a whole lot of money.