Games provide an excellent and fun way to improve your brainpower; if these games are played on a regular basis they will undoubtedly improve your concentration, memory and increase brain performance. Regularly playing brain games can also increase other mental abilities, such as mental processing speed, cognitive control, and reaction time.It is a well-documented fact that the human brain starts to slow down as early as 30 years of age. But by spending as little as 15 minutes a day training your brain, you can prevent your brain from deteriorating.All of the games mentioned below can be found and played for free online.Cribbage or Crib – is a card game, which is traditionally for two players, but can be played my multiple players. Crib involves playing and grouping cards in combinations, which gain points. This is a game which requires a lot of strategy, tactics and counting skills.Sokoban – Is a logic game, it is a transport puzzle game in which the player pushes boxes around a maze, viewed from above, and tries to put them in designated locations. Only one box may pushed at a time, not two, and boxes cannot be pulled. Sokoban is a classic game, which will expand your mind.Chess – Is a board game played by two players, It is played on a board of 64 squares. Each square can be empty or occupied by a piece. The initial position of the game consists of 16 white pieces and 16 black pieces. The ultimate goal of the game is capture your opponent’s king. It has been claimed that chess is good for, improving concentration, improving memory, developing calculating skills, helping with attention span and developing patience.Solitaire Board Game – Even though Solitaire is easy to learn, it presents you with an ongoing challenge to master, and has become an especially popular solo board game in recent years. To play this challenging brain-teasing game all by yourself, you set up the thirty-two wooden pegs on the six-inch square wood board – leaving the space in the very centre empty. Then, by moving any peg just one space horizontally or vertically (no diagonal moves allowed!), you begin eliminating other pegs. It takes a lot of thought and brain power to finish the game with one peg left on the board.ZYRX – Simple but challenging memory test game, which will give your short-term memory a good workout. . All you have to do is look at the pattern and memorize it. Then click those same dots on the main game area. It is harder than it sounds!I have personally noticed a big improvement since I started playing these games on a daily basis. When I first started out playing them, my head would literally hurt from having to think so much. But I preserved and now I can feel the benefits.
When we refer to online games we are normally referring to video type games that we play on a computer via the internet. Some video games are played over the internet using mobile phones and video consoles, but generally speaking online games means computer games that need an internet connection to be played. Simple text-based multiplayer games were the first of these types of games as internet connections were slow and expensive when these games were first introduced in the 1980s. Gradually these games became popular in the 1990s, with today’s online games featuring virtual communities, realistic graphics and multiplayer games where people can even play one to one or in knock out tournaments for cash prizes. We all know that the internet is the fastest growing market place in the history of the world but did you know that there is an online games sector that is growing 4 times faster than the internet overall! Yes! and it’s the “Online Skill Games” market.There are many styles of Online GamesSome of the different types of online games that exist:1. Real time strategy games: This type of game is all about strategy where, for your army to fight successfully against the other internet players you need to develop a game plan by building lots of resources2. First person shooter: Here the players compete with each other one to one. In most first-person type games, the online game allows the death match or arena style of play. In this style of game play the view you see is the one seen from your character’s eyes.3. Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG): In this type of game each person has to keep trying to reach the next highest level until he has reached the top one written for that game and these online games can have, simultaneously, thousands of players from every part of the globe, playing in a giant virtual world interacting against or with each other. Gamers can keep playing these types of games for months or even years!4. Browser type games: These are pastime games that are quick, simple and small that are played in your browser. The popular Java and Shockwave technologies are used to develop these games.5. Online skill games: An online skill based game is a web game played in tournament format or one to one. Each player pays a cash entry fee to play with a cash or merchandise prize going to the winner or winners. The outcome of each competition is based on the player’s ability and performance not luck.How Do Online Game Companies Make MoneyAll games today, are playable online. How do we make money? This is the question that companies making the online games have to ask themselves. The majority of companies make single-player games that are played at home and in this the player has to beat the artificial intelligence of the enemy. Today these games normally include an online multiplayer version which can be played against or with other Internet players. By selling their game DVD/CDs is how these companies earn their profit e.g. Warcraft 3 and Counter Strike. Advertising and promotions is how browser game companies make their money. MMORPG companies generally charge their players a monthly fee and continue to add content by programming new scenarios etc in their games e.g. Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft. Some don’t, but survive because their DVD/CD sales are high e.g. Guild Wars.What is the future of online games?Soon there will be a new entry into the online skill games market. According to their Free Online Games Market Report they will be the first company with their new online skill games platform, to launch a business that encapsulates three of the newest phenomena on the internet today. Online Games Entertainment, Social Networking using web 2.0 and a new way of marketing which has been described as Social Marketing 2.0. One of the core differences with this new platform over the conventional models is that we the players can if we want share in the profits while we play our games. With the market today (2007) worth approximately $5.2 billion USD and predicted to rise in the next 3 years to over $13 billion USD that’s $412 per second and with social networking sites already reaching 45% of web users and the 4 major Instant Messengers having more than 400 million users between them this potentially could be a whole lot of money.