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Today`s Arcade Games

Jan 20, 2008
Since the advance of modern personal computers there are very few people that go out to play arcade games. Also the development of graphically-advanced games like Unreal 3 or Crysis seems to have made arcades disappear. But what happened to the classics like Donkey Kong or Mario? Did they disappear?

The answer is no. They are all to be found on online gaming websites that lets you play them for an unlimited time at no price. The advantage of this kind of games is that they can be played from home, on almost any personal computer that has an internet connection for free. All that you have to do is type an online arcade website`s address in your browser and choose from thousands of free games to play.

The reason why webmasters make this websites to offer free games is that there is no need for a large amount of money to establish them and they can also make big amounts of money from the advertisements placed on the site. While establishment a real arcade might cost you up to $50000, establishing an online arcade might cost less than $20.

The average online arcade has about 1500 games distributed in categories like action, adventure, strategy, role-playing, driving, shooting and sports which can satisfy gamers of any age with any preferences. In addition many of this online arcades offer gamers a social environment in which they can comment, rate, bookmark or add their favorite games to social networking sites such as myspace or hi5. Some even offer more fancy ways to socialize such as forums and chat rooms.

The games themselves are developed using software such as adobe flash or adobe shockwave. This programs are very easy to use, so almost everyone can create a game. Some online arcades are taking advantage of this and have the ability to allow users to submit their own games to the website. This can be a great way for online game developers to express their talent and gain popularity.

Online gaming probably has the biggest effect on teenagers especially girls that prefer less sophisticated games. They are also a good option for adults that don`t have anything better to do or boys that can`t afford a powerful computer or complex 3d games. Another significant source of traffic comes from poorer countries where people can`t afford a Personal Computer, so they visit local cyber-cafes, and the fact that they don`t have to pay extra for the games they play gives them a good reason to spend time on those sites.

There are also arcade gaming sites that offer mobile solutions, so a user can go online with their mobile phone, download a game in java format, play it leave comments or even more.

Some online gaming sites organize contests from time-to-time and award the winners with cash or gifts. This gives people a good opportunity to make money or win stuff for free and also helps to advertise the website.

In conclusion, online gaming is gaining popularity very fast and will probably be one of the biggest forms of entertainment of the 21st century, competing with sports, television and 3d gaming.
About the Author
Cristian Malita is very passionate about the internet and it`s business oportunities. He runs an online arcade with lots of games, Speew - Online Games , which he updates daily in his free time.
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