The Evolution of Online Gaming

Online gaming has become one of the most popular activities for people around the world. It’s true, the Internet has made it so easy for gamers to match-up with others from all over the globe. Video games now sell in their millions, thanks to titles such high-profile franchises, such as Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto.

The Very Early Years

One of the very first commercial titles saw The Island of Kesmai launched in 1984, which was the first of what would become the de-facto genre. This role-playing game was published by CompuServe. Soon after we saw the first the first flight simulator game, coming in the form of Air Warrior in 1987. Accolades were coming in thick and fast, including Computer Gaming World referring the combat air game as “the most exciting wargame played”. At the time of course, modem speeds we very limited; however, this didn’t prevent developers and games-players alike jumping on the online gaming bandwagon.

First Person Shooter Games

The 1990’s saw games moving from the LAN protocols to the newer TCP/IP protocols. This had a dramatic effect on the ways that games could be played online. Doom was the first big name to capitalise on this newer, faster technology. Players would be immersed as the main character, literally shooting everything that came into sight. Other games that have taken FPS to new levels include:

  • BioShock
  • Half Life
  • Quake

In the beginning these games nearly always started off on PC; however, as games consoles have become part and parcel of everyday life they can also be found on the likes of the PlayStation, XBox and others. As mentioned at the beginning, Call of Duty has set the standards in FPS games that others simply aspire to. Such is the popularity of this franchise that people have been known to queue at retail outlets prior the midnight releases of new versions. Increases with the Internet reliability and speeds have taken these games to all corners of the globe, covering every possible age grouping along the way. The most popular release in this series has been Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 (2011) which up until June 2017 had sold over 30 million copies worldwide – source: Statista

Football Games

Perhaps every bit as popular as FPS are the series of football (soccer) games that have been released as online games. Without question the FIFA franchise is the daddy of these, despite Pro Evolution Soccer from Konami having its own following. Because of the differences in the way the games play, players tend to support one franchise, rather than turning their hands to both. Licenses by EA Sports, FIFA sells in bucket loads every time there is a new update. Which to keep things fresh is every year!

Players are uber-realistic thanks to the official licensing. No wonder that it has become a firm favourite amongst fans selling over 100 million copies in total. Since the birth of online gaming, relationships and careers have been put under increased pressure. Depending on which way you look at it, online gaming has changed the way we occupy our spare time and won’t be going away anytime soon!

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