Online gaming is basically a video game which is either mainly or partially played via the Internet or some other computer network accessible worldwide. In order to play an online game, you need to access a computer system and have a connection to the Internet and these days there are several such systems. The gaming software is then installed on the computer of the user who wishes to play. The player is a virtual character and can take on various roles in the virtual world. There are several games which are entirely based on imagination and many are so realistic that they require a great deal of computer knowledge.
Computer games such as World of Warcraft, Second Life and World of WarCraft are very popular online gaming today. A number of people have their own accounts in these online worlds and spend a lot of time playing these computer games. These players find it very easy to interact with others and take on a role in this virtual world. Most players take on the avatar of their characters and try to achieve a goal which is related to the way in which they want their character to behave.
However, the most popular computer game is the massively multiplayer online game (MMORPG) which involves several players taking on the persona of different characters. The first game to come about using this concept was EverQuest. There are several sub-genres under this genre which include such classics as Telengard, Linea II and CityVille. Most MMORPGs are player-based and there are thousands of players around the world who compete with each other to accumulate the most points and become the most successful virtual character in the virtual world. Some of these games are free to play while others need to be downloaded before the player can start to use the equipment, weapons and other strategies.