The interactive and social nature of online games is the main reason why games have become so popular. Those who want to reach out to others and expand their friend base can find virtual friends waiting to play online with them.
Those who are stuck in their homes most of the time and just want someone else to talk really enjoy the time they spend communicating with others while playing online games. In many cases, friends are formed across international borders because the physical location does not matter in the world of online games.
Those who have not personally tried online games may wonder how Internet communication is possible.
How can someone in Oklahoma play and chat at night with someone from India? There are even people from opposite sides of the country and the world who fall in love online. How is this possible?
The most basic form of communication in the world of online social games is a simple, instant chat platform. Many gaming sites allow players to enter private “rooms” with other players, and there is a chatbox where they can type messages.
These rooms are just separate screens that appear on the computer screen for all players in the game. They can communicate via the chat box throughout the game, while thousands of others have private conversations in other virtual rooms (screens).
This type of communication in the game world is a lot like sending messages to someone on the cell phone, except that they type on the computer keyboard. There are also more complex forms of communication during online games.
Some games allow players to connect via webcams and microphones. This allows all players to see each other and put real faces in their screen names online.
This more personal way of communicating online games is attractive to some, but not to others. Some people don’t want their faces and real lives to be revealed in the world of online games.
For them, games that allow players to create avatars to represent their characters online are much preferred. These games allow for direct communication between players, but each player has his own avatar that is prevented by other players.
An avatar is a cartoon image that can be projected differently by each player. This is done by selecting different hair colors and styles, body shapes and sizes, and various facial structures and skin colors. Often, clothes can also be chosen.
In games like Second Life, players can buy clothes, houses, cars, and other belongings that show others in the virtual world who they are and what they are like.
These avatars and online lives may or may not reflect who the player is in real life, in addition to the online world.
Online socializing is very rewarding and rewarding for many people. Those who don’t get the acceptance they would like in real life can find people online who validate them as individuals.
In this way, online games can be compelling in the lives of players.