A large collection of multiplayer games is strewn all over the internet; websites dedicated for the purpose have now been around for what seems like decades. The duration hasn’t been a long one, but the rapid pace at which the trend has caught on is surprising and also intriguing.
However exciting they may be, the fact remains that they’ve brought with themselves isolation to this generation: dozens of people can play each other without even knowing the people they play with directly. The era of internet has given rise to isolation. Although there are still games that would require direct contact of players playing in a monitored environment but thanks to internet, these games are getting lesser and lesser in number by the year.
Internet-based multiplayer games come in a huge variety of formats. Puzzle games require the players to co-operate to solve a certain puzzle using sets of hints. The sooner a player solves the puzzle, the higher up the position of the player is amongst all players. When all of them have solved the puzzle, the solution then gives them their next missions. Therefore, even though the effort is a team one, it’s still a competition. Multiplayer games continue to get more mature, advanced and sophisticated as the technology catches up with newer ideas.
Other very interesting multiplayer games include card games. Available on many websites and as downloadable content from various sources, these games bring original card games on to the screen of your computer, and the reality of these games is very striking. The game-play experience is virtually identical to the one that a person has while playing with their friends using cards on a table or the couch in any one person’s house. From gambling to simple amateur card games, every game is now available online for friends to play amongst themselves without leaving the comfort of their home. Even the props used in these games are highly realistic. Players get everything from cards, to copper coins, estates, money and so on. The data is calculated and stored on the computers, and this can be a huge load off the shoulders of gamers who aren’t good at Mental Mathematics too, as it reduces the chances of someone trying to get away with a little extra money at an instance or two. Such games have witnessed a huge rise in popularity in recent years and continue to do so. Some of the popularity may also be attributed to the fact that these games are now available virtually all over the internet; from dedicated gaming websites to applications on mobile phones and social networking websites, there’s hardly a platform out there that cannot boast a card game or two in its portfolio of games. Poker, Solitaire and other casino-based games are only a few examples.