But the Internet now allows people to connect for all sorts of games, from Words with Friends to Farmville and all of its offshoots.
For example, instead of sitting in front of a console game or MMO for hours on end, games like Words With Friends can be played in short bursts here and there.
Mobile Gaming No longer are games bound to a television or computer screen.
Following the Internet, Internet-enabled mobile devices hit the scene, and mobile gaming became a new hit.
Before the Internet, gaming companies usually had one point of transactional contact with a consumer: the sale of the game itself, unless the company released merchandise or an official guide.
Now, taking advantage of consumers’ ability and desire to buy things online, gaming companies have found seemingly limitless ways to entice them to buy things to enhance their experience with a particular game.
Microtransactions became the wave of the future for gaming companies who reveled in the fact that gamers could now be accessed for far longer than just the initial sale of the game.