Online games are video games that can be played by a player via the Internet or another computer network. The use of the Internet and the computers connected to it have made online gaming very popular, especially among teenagers. A typical online game consists of a player interacting with another player through the use of a keyboard and mouse. There are many genres of online games, each with its own story line, characters, tasks, and goal. Most games require the use of a mouse, although some newer games use only a keyboard.
One genre of online games is virtual-reality video games. Virtual-reality video games are designed to give players a sense of being part of a video game world even when they are not in the same room as the game. Some of the biggest names in the gaming industry are Electronic Arts, Vivendi Games, and Blizzard Entertainment. These companies invest millions of dollars into research and development of new virtual-reality technologies.
Online games can be played by single players, multiplayer games, or a combination of both. Single players play against the computer or an imaginary friend, while multiplayer games are played with other players who are connected to the Internet through various protocols. Some online games allow players to interact with a computer or another character via a chat client, others use a keyboard and mouse, and still others use only a voice communication tool such as Skype. Regardless of how players interact with each other online games provide a safe, secure environment in which to engage in virtual social interaction.