Online gaming has been around since the conception of the internet back in the late 1990s. Tim Berners Lee invented the world wide web to great acclaim but little did he realise just how much of an impact his invention would have on how we spend our leisure time.
Computer games were around with the invention of home computers from the late 70s and became a huge commercial industry by the mid 1980s with popular home computers such as the ZX Spectrum, Acorn, Commodore 64 and Atari ST. But the invention of the internet took the home computer to a new level, it gave rise to the powerful desktop pc which could connect to the internet and allow users to connect their home computers or video consoles to a master computer or server, and then play computer games online against each other.. Anywhere in the world.
This quickly became a whole new industry and it gave a shot in the arm to video games which had been developing alongside the once popular arcade game platforms.
Part of this gaming craze included shoot em ups, adventure games, sports games, soccer in the UK and American Football in the U.S.A., driving games, sci-fi games and puzzles. The advanced graphics also allowed games to mimic popular cartoons like the Simpsons and other TV shows.
Apart from the traditional computer games, another market emerged. People who love gambling and gaming discovered their needs were catered for with many slots online, allowing the user to connect to the internet via their home pc and place bets or play card games, quizzes and other casino type games which offer the opportunity to win prizes, it took gaming to a completely new level.
While many people still visit casinos and place bets in the more traditional ways, the ability to be able to play online has really taken off and is as equally popular an industry as traditional computer gaming.
The future of the gaming industry is an exciting one, we are still in the very early stages and the games which seem to be most frequent with new releases are being made for dedicated games consoles like the x- box, nintendo and playstation. But the more popular games still appear as reworked and adapted titles for the desktop industry.
To throw another spanner in the works, the arrival and immense popularity of tablet pcs, i-Phones and android phones means there is a completely new dynamic to gaming and it is set to become the most popular format to interact for leisure. The affordable availability of hand held devices has been around since computer games first took off in the 1970s, so in a way gaming is coming home to its roots, computers went supersized to cater for the new technology and memory capabilities, but as technology has advanced further you can now get all you need in a 6 inch long mobile phone, the future is looking bright for gaming and with more and more day to day applications such as banking and information becoming available at the touch of a button, the potential for gaming to see a new dawn is inevitable.
Article by Simon Lucas for Blog About Games.