Online Gaming - Here, There, Everywhere!

Published: 21st October 2008
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"Hey friend, it has been a while since we have spoken. Why don't we get together and play a board game? Yes, I know your in Spain and I am in Hawaii, but it doesn't matter, we can play over the internet!"

This idea, that we can do whatever, with whomever, no matter the distance between us, is something that has come about since the Internet was founded. We can communicate via text, audio, and even visually, no matter what the distance is between us. So of course we are going to play games! People love to play games- board games, card games, computer games, casino games, drinking games, whatever. Now we have the Internet and its wide array of games to be played with people you have never even met!

You can log onto various servers to play anything ranging from Monopoly to poker, all through your web browser! What does this mean to us in a larger sense? Does it take away from the base needs of connection in our humanity? Does it make it easier for us to disconnect from our personal and societal problems? Or does it connect us in new ways, ways we haven't even thought of, all while bringing us together to help heal humanities problems? One can see how people would think that playing a game online would detract from personal connection. If you were to watch someone playing an online game you would probably become bored very quickly. A person just sitting there, typing, clicking, possibly talking, all into a screen isn't something people watch for fun. But that isn't quite true- you are creating a connection on a personal level. You get to know certain people and develop friendships. Some people even go on to develop relationships with people they have met online. Marriage is something that happens on occasions as well. All this from online games you ask? Yes!

It might not happen to everyone, but to some people, but it is possible. So how does this relate to solving problems for humanity? Well, it gives people another way of connecting with other people. Games are ideal for this because they allow everyone to enjoy themselves and discuss the issues of the day. Online games have been slowly gaining acceptance as a part of our lives. People are realizing the joy that can be had from playing games with other people who live anywhere in the world.
Cultures connect, ideas spread, people grow and fun is had. Mecca Games believe in the power of games for good. Games have been shown to have a positive impact on players hand eye coordination and some online games have the power to transcend international and cultural lines.

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