The gaming world has developed to the point that even choosing a way to play is a difficult decision in itself. In addition to the range of gaming rigs, there is also cost to consider, and you wouldn't get much change in a few months of mortgage payments if you bought all the gaming systems and consoles currently on the market. With the cost of actual games too, you can literally go broke keeping up with things if you're an avid gamer. However, the cost of participation has not hindered the development of the gaming industry, which is now more popular than ever.

The online capabilities of most gaming and gaming platforms have been highlighted as the main reason for the growth beyond expectations of the gaming industry. While online gaming has been around in one form or another for some time, it has only recently made sense. From the days of simply playing 'Pong' with a friend in the same room, we now find ourselves in a time where we can play games with graphics that resemble a movie, against more than 20 people simultaneously, from all over the world.

Not long ago, the dream of online gaming was a pipe dream, because while computers might have been fast enough to manage it, internet connections were generally not that great. Today, with the advent of high-speed connections like Cable and DSL, it is possible to play online as well as you would if you were physically connected to the same console as your opponent and in the same room.

Obviously, the variety and type of games available these days has also contributed to the rise of online games. There is something, and more, for everyone, regardless of age, tastes and gaming experience. Gaming companies have recognized that a lot of money can be made by producing quality games and they are investing more time and money to push the limits of what can be done. The better the games they make, the more people become players, the bigger the market, and the more reasons there are to make an even better game next time: everyone is a winner.

Most of these games come with a large amount of online support from various communities, and the more popular the game is, the more involved the community becomes. There are many groups that are dedicated solely to the enjoyment and play of a particular game. Just like Star Trek fans have been known to have gatherings and such, the online gaming community is known to be a very enthusiastic bunch. In fact, many online gamers use this as a networking opportunity, where they can meet others who share the same wishes and interests.

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Games can be fascinating for many different reasons. Online games or video games are those that can be played over some type of computer network system, often the Internet itself.