On Browser-Based Online Gaming
12:21 PM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story
With all the online deathmatches, warfare and rampant fragging that takes place on the computers of hardcore games every day -- and the gaming journalism world's general focus on 'hardcore' gaming -- it's easy to forget that there's another very successful area of computer gaming. Every day, millions of gamers log on to various sites like Pogo.com, MSN Gaming Zone and Yahoo Games to play multiplayer matches of Hearts, Backgammon, and puzzle-based games. Though these contests are generally bloodless and free of "l337-speak," most of these browser gamers would contend that these games are every bit as cutthroat and intense as your average game of Quake III.
For those interested in more information on this phenomenon, Josh Horowitz of The Adrenaline Vault has posted an article titled "O'er the Land of the Free and the Home of the Games" that takes an in-depth look at this mainstream gaming world as well as the most popular gaming sites that support it.
Here's a clip from the intro:
Meanwhile, two time zones away, a middle-aged mother of two lovingly puts her children to bed before sneaking off to her husband's study, bag of microwave popcorn guiltily in tow. After checking to make sure her spouse is still busy watching the finance hour on TV, she flips on the five-year-old family computer, pops in an audio CD, and soon the sounds of Yanni hum through the monitor's small speakers. Within minutes, she's online, one of the many Net denizens puttering along at 33.6 thanks to the all-encompassing reach of AOL. After checking her e-mail and sending a few forwarded jokes to friends, she hears the fates calling from afar. One click of her favorites button, and she's back to her browser-based playground, chatting gleefully with faceless friends as she dutifully pops a series of colorful balloons in a java window....For an interesting look at the not-so-secret online gaming world of Bingo, Puzzle Bobble, and other such games, be sure to peruse the entire read. After getting beat at these games by middle-aged housewives, some gamers may find that they're not as "l337" as they thought they were. This may be an interesting read for potential game developers as well; while these games might not be as challenging to design as a first-person shooter, they certainly do have a ready and waiting audience.
The Adrenaline Vault - O'er the Land of the Free and the Home of the Games
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