The best games are a brilliant idea for Christmas fun this and every year. They’re versatile and they have that X factor that helps them to be enjoyed time and again throughout the year ahead and beyond. This is what makes them the ideal gift idea for Christmas. This year, there are games out there to suit every taste, including games based on films and TV shows, games of skill and reflex, general knowledge and of course all of the classics! This year there are some truly original and engrossing games on the best sellers lists, and here you can find a selection of those best selling games for the whole family to enjoy.LEGO have created a pair of the best selling games this year. LEGO Games’ Ramses Pyramid is one of the most ingenious games around! Can you beat Ramses and his Mummy army to the treasure of the Pyramid? A great game played on a 3d Pyramid set! The other one is LEGO Games’ Minotaurus. Can you beat the Minotaur? This is a thrilling game where you can change the LEGO maze layout as you play in order to block your opponents! Competitive fun for kids as they race to the temple before the Minotaur gets them!Classic titles are back on the best sellers lists this year with various new editions. Monopoly City is a bold new version of the classic property game. Now, players can build their very own city as the game progresses, using the 80 pieces of 3D buildings that are supplied with the game. Brilliant fun for the whole family. Then there’s the Rubik’s 360, which is an ingenious new take on the classic Rubik’s puzzle, and is a great gift idea for adults and children. Can you get the six coloured balls into their corresponding domes? Pictureka Flipper is new penguin-shaped take on the famous Pictureka game, this is a big hit right now! The penguin spins and flips to reveal the pictures, and the game titles can be stored in the iceberg shaped base. Race to find the right pictures for your missions in this fun family game!For kids with a love for action packed games and games based on TV and movie characters, there are Ben 10 games, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Gormiti, Transformers movie games, Spongebob Squarepants games, Doctor Who games, and even games based on the Twilight Saga: New Moon and Hannah Montana!Younger games fans have some great titles to check out too. Topsy Turtle is one of the biggies. Aimed at pre-schoolers, this is a brightly coloured and marvellously fun game featuring the tilting, toppling, talking turtle Topsy! Can you get Topsy to balance on the playing pieces? Peppa Pig Tumble and Spin was voted as children’s game of the year, and is perfect for Christmas. Spin Peppa and she’ll tell you what to do in this wonderful memory game featuring the famous TV character. There’s also Uno Moo, a wonderful preschoolers version of the classic UNO game. The first person to get all of their animals back in the barn is the winner!Want more games ideas? There are a range of Bop It games out now, and all of them are perfect for Christmas. Twist it, turn it, hit it, bop it! A superb game to test the reflexes while having fun! How about Gator Golf? This colourful golf game is great fun for small children- putt the balls into its mouth and the Gator will fling them back with its tail! LOGO Game is a marvellous board game where players try to answer questions on logos, products and packaging taken from some of the UK’s best known brands! Also, Jenga is once again a popular gift idea for Christmas. The game of skill and balance with wooden blocks has long been a top title- can you pull another pone out without them toppling over? One of the most popular games this year is definitely the wonderful Bananagrams, a fun take on a classic word game- packed in a banana!As you can see, there are some truly outstanding games on offer this year, and all of them make superb Christmas gift ideas for children and adults alike. They are available in all of the best stores, but a great way to ensure you get them under your tree in time for the big day is by shopping online. Check out reviews of the best games for Christmas online for more tips!
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.