Online Games – An Emerging Market

At least sixty percent of today’s young people turn to online games when they want to pass the time. Social networking sites like Facebook and orkut have completely revolutionized this niche and young people are fascinated by it! Just see how popular games like “FarmVille” are on Facebook to understand this.

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There are online games where you have the opportunity to spend money and play and there are also free games. There are also games that have both free versions and versions that you need to subscribe to. Now, contrary to what one might think, people aren’t exactly hesitating to part with their money to play online games.

Games involving role-playing have come up with another “payment method”. Yes, I am talking about what is known as “credits”. Previously, you could earn credits for these games by progressing from level to level, but marketers are now monetizing the whole process. You can now buy credits with real money!

In fact, social networking sites have mostly cashed on this. There are around one hundred and forty games on Facebook, and each of these games accepts Facebook credits. This form of currency basically allows enthusiastic players to purchase special items or weapons or something, to help them get through the game faster. So, whether you’re looking to buy points, avatars, pets, or even houses, you can definitely count on Facebook credits!

Spoiled for choice?

The question is, if you are new to the world of online games, then which games should you play? Obviously word of mouth advertising is still the best form of advertising and you would tend to play a game that your friends highly recommend. Aside from that, you can choose to visit sites that post unbiased game reviews, so you can choose. Like for example.

This site not only offers reviews, but now has its own game, called Slime Army. This is a game that only experienced players should play. You can master it with ten hours of intense mental effort and by passing each of the game’s thirty-six levels. What you need to do is match up some slimes – three to be exact – of the same color and use them to fight the evil forces of the Dark Alliance. Now, if you are a good player and can match more than three slimes of the same color, you can substantially improve your character’s strength.

Nice, isn’t it? But that doesn’t mean everyone is rushing to play online games and part ways with their hard earned money to buy credits. It is to cater to this market that sites like Facebook still have free games that are accessible to all. There are many free online games, one such example is the Emusicon pinball machine, which was developed by Sony Ericsson. So you play for some online games today?