Online Internet Games – Are They Too Violent?

With today’s’ modern technology where computers are a necessity in every person’s home, online internet games are very popular among children, teenagers, and young adults. These games offer advanced play such as coordinated strategies and tactics popular to shooting games and social interactions common to mass-multiplayer online role-playing entertainment or MMORPG.

These online internet games offer hours of gameplay. Most of their players prioritize this type of entertainment over athletic and physical games because they can play and find enjoyment in the comfort of their own homes.

Violent Games

One of the most contested factors regarding online internet games is the level of violence that they incorporate in the gameplay. One cannot deny that most of them have themes of fantasy wars, modern warfare, and action adventures. In addition, each of these themes involve in a way or another, battle encounters and death. Therefore, when can one say that the game is too violent to play?

Most online gaming involve violence in one way or another. Shooting type action games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, CounterStrike and Borderlands involve shooting and killing other characters in the game, in order to win. Popular fantasy themed internet games like World of Warcraft and Warcraft defense of the Ancients (DOTA) involve using magic and sword fights to “kill” monsters and other players.

The factor that determines the game’s level of “violence” is the way or process that they execute or portray the battles. Popular online internet games mentioned earlier are less gory, or bloody. Once a player shoots and “kills” his opponent, the death animation is very quick and less detailed. In this way, players focus on their strategy rather than notice the game’s violence.

The fact is that some online internet gaming is too violent. Instead of giving emphasis on the strategic gameplay as developed in other popular games, it gives detailed animation on how a player dies and the process involved in it. Samples of violent scenes not suitable for all ages are death animation with detailed blood and gore. Decapitation and dismemberment animations are some of these violent animations.

Precautions

Violent action games are easy to control when the players are teenagers, young adults, and adults. Because of their mature psychological state, when they play them, they can stop playing when they feel offended. The real problem is when children under 16 years old are playing these violent online internet games.

In order to avoid exposing children to such violent and inappropriate games, parents should accompany their children when buying their games. Store bought games that can be played on the internet have their ESRB rating on their label for detailed information on how violent the game is and the recommended age for playing the game. Parents should be responsible enough to screen the games that their child plays and to remain vigilant.

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What Are Real Time Strategy Games?

What are real time strategy games? This is a question commonly asked by people interested in playing strategy based games. To answer this question, reference must first be given to what a strategy game is. A strategy game is a kind or type of game involving the use of different techniques, methods and procedures in order to win. These techniques, methods and procedures are commonly combined into one, forming the so-called “strategy” needed in order to bring home the bacon. If you are fond of playing offline games of strategy on LAN or local area network then you will surely find these real time games to be much more addictive and fun to play with!

The term “real time” found in real time strategy games refers to the exact time that the game is being played. Any action done or any interaction happening as of this moment is in reality happening to the character, unit or building involved in the game itself. There are no lag times or delays, what action the gamer does will automatically be registered with the server. A good example would be attacking or defending. If the gamer either attacks or defends, the exact moment the attack or defend happens will automatically be recorded, without any delay. If you are fond of this “real time” feature being combined to your strategy game then this is the perfect genre for you to play!

To date, there are several strategy games that have become real time. Most of these real time strategy games are being played left and right via the internet and the World Wide Web. Common examples of these games include tower defenses, hero defenses and the like. In a tower defense game, the player has the option of creating and thereafter personalizing a tower that can shoot and kill of waves of enemies. This type of strategy online game requires a lot of patience, since you need to find out the right mixture of towers in order to form the right strategy in defending your base. You clear out wave after wave of enemy units, allowing you to gain resources and upgrade your towers in the process.

Hero defense is another good example of these real time strategy games. A popular title for hero defense is the DOTA or Defense of the Ancients. In this game, the player chooses a hero which he or she will level-up by killing off enemy heroes and creeps alike. There are different items available for each hero. The right fusion of these items together with the right skill build will bring the gamer to victory. DOTA is commonly played by 10 people on a 5 versus 5, prompting for a lot of strategy in terms of offense and defense. Both newbie and veteran gamers alike will surely be thrilled and excited in playing this game, bringing the total population of games up to hundreds of thousands of different individuals all over the world.

Iain Key is a video game developer and fan of Real T

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Heroes of Newerth by S2 Games

The custom map for Blizzard’s Warcraft III, known as Defense of the Ancients, or DotA for short, has changed the face of online gaming since it was first created, nearly ten years ago. It has grown steadily in popularity since then, and has spawned a entirely new genre of game, known to some as the Hero Based Real Time Strategy (HBRTS) game. Whilst DotA has only ever been a compartment of the Warcraft III engine, many game companies have decided to ride the popularity of the genre and release stand alone games. However, the name on everybody’s lips is currently Heroes of Newerth, designed by S2 games.

Heroes of Newerth and Defense of the Ancients, are, for all intensive purposes, the same game. Heroes of both games are almost entirely identical, as are the item upgrades and the layout of the default map, including the boss creature, Roshan. However, due to being able to program their own engine for the game, S2 have been able to improve the gameplay of Heroes of Newerth to a degree that was not possible with the Warcraft III engine, and, as such, Heroes of Newerth stands above and beyond it’s great forefather. The mechanics of Heroes of Newerth have allowed players the ability to play in an more improved and balanced environment, that values individual teamwork over individual skill and/or plain luck.

Gamers have classified different heroes in both games as either carries (usually extremely powerful late game and can change the tide of the match), tanks (can take a lot of damage before dying), disablers (have abilities which can silence, stun or render other heroes impotent) and support (have abilities which can buff their team mates to make them more powerful).

Some of my favourite heroes in Heroes of Newerth include:

(1) Chronos (known as Faceless Void in DotA) An absolutely unstoppable late game carry hero.
(2) Slither (known as Venomancer in DotA) A very versatile support hero/damage per second hero.
(3) Witch Slayer (known as Lion in DotA) A solid disable hero, who has a very powerful nuke attack.
(4) Predator (a hybrid version of DotA’s Naix) An amazing late game carry hero/tank.
(5) Puppet Master (entirely new hero) A new addition to the game which is a solid carry hero.
(6) Madman (entirely new hero) Another new addition to the game who is a great disabler/damage per second hero.
(7) Tempest (known as Enigma in DotA) Perhaps the most effective disable/support hero in the game.
(8) Scout (a hybrid version of DotA’s Dwarven Sniper and Bounty Hunter) A very powerful late game hero with great hero vs hero killing abilites.
(9) Accursed (known in DotA as Lord Avernus) A very strong tank who has many uses as a support hero.
(10) Pebbles (known in DotA as Tiny) Another very strong tank, who can be used as a support hero.

If you are a fan on DotA and the genre that it has spawned, why not check out Heroes of Newerth by

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