Online games are those that are played using the Internet and/or some kind of computer network. There are many types of online games, each having their own characteristics. Most online games are multiplayer games (meaning that they are played by more than one person at a time). Multiplayer online games also have various levels of complexity, varying from simple text-based games to very complex 3D graphics with thousands of players.
Today, online games are very popular among all age groups. Most children who cannot go to the office for extended periods of time still manage to keep themselves occupied. They use their personal computers and their Internet accesses to keep themselves busy. Many parents also find it very beneficial for their children to play some form of interactive game during break times or lunchtime when they are not really able to concentrate on any single activity. The best online games are those that are engaging and interesting enough to keep the players hooked and entertained no matter how long they may be away from home. The best online games are those that help players build up their mental skills in addition to their physical abilities.
There are two major categories of online games, namely first-person shooters (FPS) and multi-player games (MMORPG). FPS type of online games require the player to enter an interactive virtual world which is controlled via a computer network. The objective of the player is to shoot down other players using various weapons like weapons, vehicles, etc. While in MMORPGs, the entire world is virtualized and the players can be a part of that world by actually living in that world using avatars (virtual characters). First-person shooter games are also the oldest and most common genre of video gaming.