Online games allow people to interact with thousands of people in real time in virtual worlds as broad as the imagination itself. The appeal of online gaming is simple- An overworked businessman can vent his frustrations by slaying countless enemies when he takes on the persona of a 700-pound ogre. A fragile high school student can use his super strength and speed to battle villains (or heroes). A person who feels powerless in real life can exact revenge on society in the virtual world.
Technological advances have made massively multiplayer online (MMO) games very popular over the last few years. One of the top games is “The Lord of the Rings Online” which allows players to explore Middle Earth and forge their own adventures as they battle the evil forces of Saruman to become legendary. “Archeage” offers a world that is not predetermined, but rather the player controls the destiny of their character. The economy of the virtual world is driven by the players themselves whether they are farming or selling goods. The game also features monumental player versus player battles on land or sea. Even the judicial system is governed by the actions of the players, who also have the option to take over other players’ territories.
For those seeking something more familiar, there is “DC Universe Online” where you can create your own super hero and fight alongside Superman, Batman, and the rest of the members of the Justice League. Lex Luthor travels back in time to recruit help in preventing the future – the reign of Brainiac.
Online gaming is virtually limitless and ever changing. Characters and storylines are directly impacted by the players themselves which adds an additional level of game-playing excitement.