There are so many kids products on the market it is sometimes overwhelming when trying to choose what would be the right game for your kids! Here are just a few of the many fun games for kids out there.As an adult, I love the game Apples to Apples. It’s simple and quick to learn and so much fun! Luckily, this game comes in a Junior version for kids! Wonderful! In fact many of the great games we love as adults come in a “junior” or “kids” version. That is the first place I would look, because if it’s something you love, then most likely your kids will too! And as they get older they will know the games you play and can jump right in.There are many other adult board games that come in a “kids” or “junior” version. Some fun games for kids to look for are Clue Jr., Boggle Jr., Pictionary Jr., Scrabble Jr. and Sequence for kids. If you have a board game you love, I would just Google the game title with “junior” or “kids” to see if there is a version for the younger crowd. You might be surprised by how many there are.If you are looking for classic fun games for kids, there are plenty out there. Some that have stood the test of time are Sorry!, Guess Who?, Trouble, Connect 4, Uno, The Game of Life and Twister. These are all a blast to play, so its no wonder that they are still around.Still not what you are looking for? Maybe you would like something more recent, or unique. In that case, you could go for the Cranium games for kids. There are several to choose from such as Cranium Cadoo, Cranium Whoonu?, Cranium Cariboo Island, and more! Even the names are fun. A great thing about the Cranium games is that there is usually something for everyone – trivia, drawing, charades, you name it!Some other unique games for kids would be: Totally Gross The Game, You Gotta Be Kidding (The Would You Rather Game For Kids), Story Cubes, Hedbanz Game, or Scavenger Hunt For Kids. There are also a lot of games made from movies or TV as well, so if your child has a favorite, you could look for a game that goes along with that. For example, my niece loves Phineas and Ferb the cartoon. So if I Google “Phineas and Ferb board game” it came up with “Phineas and Ferb 104 Days of Summer Board Game”. Perfect!
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.