What is an Online Game?

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An online game is a game that is partially or predominantly played via a type of computer network, most often the Internet. It can range from simple text-based games like World of Warcraft or Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games to virtual worlds with multiple players. It is a feature of modern video game consoles, PCs and mobile devices. Online gaming generates revenue in addition to traditional sales of video game hardware and software, as well as portable systems.

As opposed to video games with an end date the online games can go on indefinitely. Online games are often social, with players from all across the world. They may also require transactions within a virtual environment which are usually points or game upgrades but sometimes real money.

Online games can be free to play or purchased; they can be played through a Web browser or as a standalone app; and they can have many features like chat forums, communities, and forums. A lot of these games are designed towards young children and many come with social features that allow them interact with other players.

Despite the widespread popularity of online games, some experts say that they can be addicting and can cause problems with appetite, sleep and concentration. Some experts believe that playing too much can be an indication of mental health issues and should be treated with a medical professional. Despite this, the vast majority of gamers are responsible, and a lot of parents use video games to educate their children about the importance of work, school and healthy lifestyles.