Learning German games can be a very enjoyable and excellent way to improve and enhance your knowledge of the German language. Games, such as board games, card games, puzzles, and interactive computer games in German is a very good medium for beginners to work on their vocabulary. The games can usually be played solo, but to make it more exciting, challenging, and a lot more fun, it can be played with the participation of several other players.The games that are currently available can be played by mostly anyone really interested and keen in learning the German language, with different modes of difficulty to match the skill of any player. These games are being currently played all over the globe, with each one designed specifically in line with the dialect of the country it is being played in. An example of this is the German version of Scrabble, where one can expect to see more of the letter z compared to its English counterpart.The game of Scrabble is a very effective yet enjoyable way for the student to learn the language firsthand, as it uses most of the common words being used in normal day to day German conversations. Likewise, there are also similar board games that can have the same desirable effects like the German version of Monopoly which also uses many practical words and phrases. By playing Scrabble, Monopoly, or other board games of your choice, you can be sure to get the most out of the learning process in the best and most enjoyable way possible.Aside from this, it will also allow you to learn additional lessons that can’t be easily found or included with other learning German courses. It can let you learn more about a variety of subjects in German like the names of everyday places one encounters while driving or walking outdoors, while shopping for food and other grocery items, for locating a certain address or place, or just about any of the simple things found in the house. And as you progress learning more and more of the German lessons through these games, your knowledge and proficiency with the German language will be more than enough to give you the confidence that you won’t be shy or apprehensive in having a conversation with a real life German native speaker.Learning German games, no matter how enjoyable and effective as they are, should in no way be placed above or as a replacement for learning the language, and should only be used mainly as an additional aid to compliment a German language course program you are currently enrolled in.
When we refer to online games we are normally referring to video type games that we play on a computer via the internet. Some video games are played over the internet using mobile phones and video consoles, but generally speaking online games means computer games that need an internet connection to be played. Simple text-based multiplayer games were the first of these types of games as internet connections were slow and expensive when these games were first introduced in the 1980s. Gradually these games became popular in the 1990s, with today’s online games featuring virtual communities, realistic graphics and multiplayer games where people can even play one to one or in knock out tournaments for cash prizes. We all know that the internet is the fastest growing market place in the history of the world but did you know that there is an online games sector that is growing 4 times faster than the internet overall! Yes! and it’s the “Online Skill Games” market.There are many styles of Online GamesSome of the different types of online games that exist:1. Real time strategy games: This type of game is all about strategy where, for your army to fight successfully against the other internet players you need to develop a game plan by building lots of resources2. First person shooter: Here the players compete with each other one to one. In most first-person type games, the online game allows the death match or arena style of play. In this style of game play the view you see is the one seen from your character’s eyes.3. Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG): In this type of game each person has to keep trying to reach the next highest level until he has reached the top one written for that game and these online games can have, simultaneously, thousands of players from every part of the globe, playing in a giant virtual world interacting against or with each other. Gamers can keep playing these types of games for months or even years!4. Browser type games: These are pastime games that are quick, simple and small that are played in your browser. The popular Java and Shockwave technologies are used to develop these games.5. Online skill games: An online skill based game is a web game played in tournament format or one to one. Each player pays a cash entry fee to play with a cash or merchandise prize going to the winner or winners. The outcome of each competition is based on the player’s ability and performance not luck.How Do Online Game Companies Make MoneyAll games today, are playable online. How do we make money? This is the question that companies making the online games have to ask themselves. The majority of companies make single-player games that are played at home and in this the player has to beat the artificial intelligence of the enemy. Today these games normally include an online multiplayer version which can be played against or with other Internet players. By selling their game DVD/CDs is how these companies earn their profit e.g. Warcraft 3 and Counter Strike. Advertising and promotions is how browser game companies make their money. MMORPG companies generally charge their players a monthly fee and continue to add content by programming new scenarios etc in their games e.g. Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft. Some don’t, but survive because their DVD/CD sales are high e.g. Guild Wars.What is the future of online games?Soon there will be a new entry into the online skill games market. According to their Free Online Games Market Report they will be the first company with their new online skill games platform, to launch a business that encapsulates three of the newest phenomena on the internet today. Online Games Entertainment, Social Networking using web 2.0 and a new way of marketing which has been described as Social Marketing 2.0. One of the core differences with this new platform over the conventional models is that we the players can if we want share in the profits while we play our games. With the market today (2007) worth approximately $5.2 billion USD and predicted to rise in the next 3 years to over $13 billion USD that’s $412 per second and with social networking sites already reaching 45% of web users and the 4 major Instant Messengers having more than 400 million users between them this potentially could be a whole lot of money.