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Five reasons why online games have become so popular

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It is part of human nature to try to relax and enjoy yourself when you have the time. Indeed, many experts feel that playing games is the perfect way to unwind, and is consequently hugely beneficial in combating stress, promoting health and keeping your brain fit and active.

However, these facts alone cannot solely explain the growing popularity of the free online game; so what can? Outlined below are five reasons why online gaming has become increasingly popular in recent years.

1. Accessibility

The first rule of any online game is that it has to be accessible to the user. This not only means that the user can play it on their laptop, desktop PC or smartphone, but also that the game itself is easy to pick up and provides the user with an enjoyable experience from the outset. This challenge has been readily accepted by game developers, and the sheer variety of easily accessible free online games is astonishing.

2. Extensive Choice

Another key reason why free games are so popular is the sheer breadth of choice out there. There are puzzle-type games (such as Jungle Bubble), word-based puzzle games, sports simulations; games that test hand  to eye co-ordination, games that test brainpower and traditional arcade games. This means that the modern gamer quite literally has more choice than ever before.

3. Affordability

Many top sites offer the chance to play online games completely free of charge, which of course broadens their appeal. Some of the best game companies, however, offer the chance for gamers to try and win a little cash from their skills by playing for money. The prices for playing can vary but many games cost as little as 10p, and offer a chance to win considerably more.

4. Playability

Another central component of any successful online game is that it has to be enjoyable, easy to pick up and suited for a beginner (but also difficult to master). The very best free online games come with an unerring degree of playability. These games reward a gamer’s efforts and go to great lengths to keep them interested and enthralled; however, they also offer a depth of game play that makes mastering them a truly rewarding effort.

5. Variety Of Opponents

Finally, another reason for the success of online games is the variety of opponents you can face. It may be enjoyable to begin by playing against friends, but soon you will find yourself pitted against opponents from all over the world, of varying abilities and ages. The sheer scale and variety of opponents you can face online means that every new game offers a fresh and unique challenge.

With a wide variety of games to play online (ranging from free card games to sports simulations, puzzle games and word games), it’s easy to see why people like to test their physical and mental abilities by playing these types of games, especially in a world where more of us are spending increasing amounts of time online.

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