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Sep 15, 2016

The History Of Online Gaming

Online gaming has evolved massively since it was first introduced more than 40 years ago.
It is now considered to be one of the most popular forms of entertainment for everyone from children to the elderly - with a game to suit all interests.

The Beginning

People started playing online games during the early seventies on a distributed computer network called the ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) before the World Wide Web was invented.
When the internet as we now know it was created in the early nineties, online gaming became more advanced - giving us specific online gaming servers and massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs).
Later, more gaming sites began appearing over the internet with the introduction of Flash and Java programs - grabbing the attention of younger computer users.
Then various services were offered by gaming websites in return for paid subscription, but other sites also began to offer free gaming in a bid to boost their traffic as well as earning money from advertising.
This was followed by the introduction of online gambling sites where you could play slots, bingo as well as poker and roulette.


Online gaming has developed massively since it first started out. It is considered to be a hobby for people of all ages and genders with a vast array of games available to play.
One of the most popular platforms of play are the MMORPGs such as World of Warcraft which now has a user-base filled with millions of players, following its release nearly 10 years go.
Games console companies have also brought multi-playing to the fore. Firms such as Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft offer consoles which allow users to interact and communicate with fellow gamers online from all over the world. There are also thousands of website offering free play and pay to play for a host of different games from bingo to adventure games.
Social networking has played its part in the development of online gaming too, with sites such as Facebook offering games to play which have gone on to become some of the latest crazes such as Farmville, for example.

What To Expect Next

Online gaming is growing at such a fast pace, with more and more people choosing to play. Gamers also have the choice of how they’d like to play, with options ranging from their PC, laptops, smartphones and tablets.
MMORPGS have been known to favour fantastic game-play over better graphics in the past - but not anymore. Thanks to better internet connections and faster servers, these games are equally as good as any others with stunning visuals and will continue to get even better in the future.
As for games consoles, there are two new ones due for release later this year – the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One. Both promise the next generation of online console gaming with cameras being one of the many features offered.
Then there are the online gaming sites which are set to become more advanced too. With social networking sites competing in the market and new gaming websites being founded, companies will have to find new ways to encourage players to choose them over others by making their games more appealing.

Article Provided by Matt Rawlings and - Matt is a UK-based writer with a passion for technology and gaming with a real interest in how gaming and gadgets have developed over the years and what's coming next