With the evolution of web technologies, free games have become something one can’t imagine living without. Software such as flash allows developers to recreate the best moments in gaming history such as Tetris, pac-man, Mario, sonic and more. While some might think of this as piracy, others enjoy the benefits that online gaming has to offer.
There are thousands of website that allow you to play free games online. This has spawned a whole new market for game developers, it’s called “casual gaming”. It is a multimillion industry that focuses solely on non-gamers that kill time mostly during working hours in front of PCs. The causal gaming market can be divided into two categories – downloadable games and free flash games. The first are mostly half-free, as you usually get to play a limited demo of the full package instead of a free game, and the former are solely there for your enjoyment, with money generated through advertising on the sites.
The free flash gaming market is now sort of like a déjà vu of the gaming business 30 years ago, when people made games in garages. That market evolved into the current hardcore gaming market (with the current generation consoles being the Xbox 360 / PlayStation 3 / Wii) and left out small developers in the wild. But with free online games, anyone with the right skills and knowledge can make a game and publish it online. While the game would be free, the developer could generate profits from advertising within the game or on the website where he publishes it.
This makes even more sense as it’s rumored that the next versions of Flash technology would include 3D support, making the jump from 2D to 3D in web-based apps, much like the gaming market 15-20 years ago.
But while we wait for it, you can still enjoy reborn classics such as Tetris completely free and without having to download anything. All you need to know is the correct website.