Online gaming is an electronic game that is played over a computer network, particularly over the Internet. It can be played on computers, laptops, portable devices, game consoles, phones and tablets. Some games are purchased and installed on devices, others are downloaded from the Internet, and some are played exclusively online. The term “video game” encompasses everything from playing a simple solitaire game on your own to massively multiplayer online games (MMOG) with full virtual universes, where users interact with other players and where transactions (usually points or game improvements, but sometimes with real money) are involved.
These MMOGs use the advanced graphics and high-end processing power typical of today's generation of personal computers (PCs). In 2003, a study showed that a quarter of the 11,000 players in the online role-playing game Everquest said that their favorite part of the game was connecting with other players. Parents should take some time to learn about the games their children play, the security settings and features of the devices they play on, and then apply common sense to their children's online gaming opportunities. It's important to review your child's browser history to identify if the game time has been extended to more hours.
You can find specific instructions for adjusting these settings on the game console's websites, or you can consult a parent's guide to video games, parental controls and online safety. If the game is played online and allows players to interact, keep in mind that settings and security controls don't oversee conversations within games. For younger children, there are many online gaming sites designed specifically for young people with content moderators who review conversations. Online gaming is also linked to obesity, increased depression, poor grades, addictive behavior, and an increase in aggressive or violent behavior.
There's also a fan-created online marketplace where players connect to trade rare fruits and furniture, called Nookazon.