Flash Games and Their Popularity

A video game is an electronic game which is played with an electronic device better known as a console. With the help of this device, users can generate visual feedback and the purpose of this device is for recreational activities. When we talk about video games a vast number of them exist. These range from different platforms to different genres. Examples of platforms are personal computer and other video game consoles such as a PlayStation or an XBox. Video Games are also categorized into several genres based on their game-play such as action, adventure, role-playing, strategy, driving, life simulation, construction simulation and many more.

Out of the many consoles available for video games, one of the most popular one is the personal computer. The computer, with it’s standard keyboard and the mouse as the controller (input), the monitor for the display and it’s upgradable GPU (Graphic Processing Unit) and CPU (Central Processing Unit) as the core for playing games, is the favorite gaming device for many. So games of different genres are built for the personal computer. In addition to this when a computer is connected to the internet it simply opens the door to several online games. Ranging from MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games) and other multiplayer games to simple single player games, the internet has got it all.

It is no surprise that for gamers, one of the favorite type of game available on the internet are flash games. They are very popular on the internet and their popularity is rising as we speak. The reason behind their popularity are their widespread availability, support for almost all the computers without any high requirements, small sizes/loading time. But the main reason behind their popularity is because most of them are playable online for free. Thus there are thousands and thousands of internet flash games and new ones are coming out all the time. It is noted that only a few hundred flash games were developed in one year in the early 2000 and in 2009 there were more than ten thousand flash games released. This shows how huge the flash games industry has become and how much growth it has achieved in less than a decade.

Keeping the growth of flash games in mind, the internet websites where these games are playable are also available in plenty. During the early days, only a few websites like MiniClips.com, AddictingGames.com were known for developing and hosting such games. Right now there are hundreds of thousands of such web portals with new ones coming out everyday. It is said that on average a hundred new websites come out every day featuring flash games. This makes the availability of these games very high in number which is good for the gamers but it creates a tough competition between the gaming websites. But still the most popular ones are the oldest ones like AddictingGames.com, Miniclips.com and NewGrounds.com. These famouse websites attract millions of gamers monthly showing how high the demand for flash games are.

So, with the innovation in the internet, flash games were introduced and became very popular after sometime. There are other types of such mini games as well such as java games, shockwave games but none of them are as popular as flash games. Milions of people from all over the globe search for and play specifically such games. Whether it is kids from schools, or other people from work, they all enjoy the these for recreation. The popularity of these will continue to grow even though other most advanced games are released. Hence, the flash games are very popular and will remain to be so for years to come.



By Ashish Singh