Faster internet connections at home, coupled with cheaper PC hardware, have made PC gaming a more immersive experience. One of the most popular options is to install and play an online game that allows more features and interactivity than traditional offline versions.
The most basic Internet games involve the use of flash or similar software. There are many flash-based applications available, many of which are free or offer a trial period. They are small, typically less than ten megabytes, and do not require a lot of system memory. Most are of the puzzle and strategy type, although there are some other genres such as adventure and action. Even then, the graphics and gameplay are very straightforward compared to what you have to install on your computer.
These flash applications require a constant internet connection in order to load to the next level or enter another world. Many websites allow you to save your score and display those with the highest achievement, but they do not allow you to save your progress. If you want to play again, you will have to do it from the beginning or enter a password to skip levels.
The most popular are MMORPGs, or massively multiplayer online role-playing games. These programs allow users from all over the world to interact with each other in a virtual game using special characters and collectibles. These forms of entertainment are distinguished by the thousands, and sometimes millions of players who log in every day, and the persistent world that continues to evolve even when the player is offline.
If you are familiar with RPGs, you will feel right at home with MMORPGs. These vary from game to game, but the formula is basically the same – you control a character that has different sets of strengths and limitations. You get more skills by killing enemies, solving puzzles or completing missions. By doing this, you slowly earn points that lead you to level up your character, gain UFA power, or sometimes both. These abilities make your character become stronger, making you more adept at killing enemies.
You can only control one character at a time, although you can create new ones with different attributes. You can customize your player with different looks and features. Another way to distinguish yourself is through the armor you wear and the weapons you wield. These accessories not only make your avatar look unique, they grant different abilities to your player, making them even more powerful.
MMORPGs take this experience and put it online. Log in to a server based on your location and go on missions with other players from around the world. You can play in groups and even fight each other. The highest ranked players are displayed on a leaderboard and their ranking changes based on their performance in the world.