Let’s Browse the Side of Gaming We Tend to Forget
Online gaming is very popular and when we look at gaming’s history, we will be thrown away from the early computers such as Nintendo, Atari, and Amstrad. Many people tend to ignore the important facts of the past most especially when it comes to computer or PC games. Web browsing gaming has been with us and many consider it as a sideshow, a distraction, instead of a passion. It is but essential to give respect and credit to the unsung heroes of the gaming industry that most of us are enjoying today.
In the early 2000s, children and teenagers enjoy one of the most popular flash-game called, the Newgrounds. The Newgrounds seemed to be a lawless wasteland and a prototype of the current anonymous image boards, that sprung and blossomed into the mainstream of browser games. Then we saw the Behemoth games that were created by the Newgrounds founder Tom Fulp, who made the move from free browser games into retail console games including the Castle Crashers and Alien Hominid. The fact is the roots of that gaming transformation are no more apparent as compared tot he original Flash Incarnation of Alien Hominid that is still playable on the site. How did gaming become social? Today, social media gaming has become a separate gaming genre and there are many lists of the best social games to help people find their own favorite social game. The casual online gaming market is growing consistently since the birth of Candy Crush and other similar games first appeared on the market. There is no doubt that social media games are more mobile responsive and they gave birth to the smartphone gaming market we are all enjoying today.
The gamification of gaming and gambling became to existence when online casinos and Paypal bingo sites were introduced which removed the lines or connection between gaming and gambling. For example, the famous Overwatch uses a pseudo-gambling system in its loot box distribution. There are also modern breakout genre as that started on web browser games such as tower defense games (Kingdom Rush) that made the move to smartphone. Killer apps today are making stage appearances such as the popular series Plants Vs. Zombies. Steam is now fully loaded and packed with a lot of “clicker games” which started to be little more than a joke of distraction init breakout title Cookie Clicker. Indeed, browser games may decline to form the mainstream but they deserve to be remembered to be able to enjoy and appreciate the present.