Finding Online Games For Children of All Ages

With the Internet kids no longer have to leave the house in order to find hours of entertainment.  There are hundreds of online games of various qualities.  Whether you’re a parent looking for an online game that’s safe for your child or you’re a kid looking for online games that are thought provoking, strategic or just plain fun then you might want to consider one of the following types of online games.

Classic and Arcade Online Games

There are many sites that have free classic and arcade games (or games that are very similar to the classics).  Such games as Frogger, Joust, PacMan, etc. or new games like Bejeweled, Zuma and Zuma’s Revenge are popping up rapidly as online games for children of all ages to enjoy.  Some of these online games are even downloadable.  Some of the games you might have to pay for.  Most of these games are short and fun so you get a few quick hits in to break away from the monotony of the day.  Some sites that have online games are those like popcap.com or addictinggames.com.

Role playing Online Games

Role playing games, or massively multiplayer online games (also known as MMO games), usually have a monthly cost plus buying new CDs for downloading the games or expansions.  For the hours of entertainment provided by MMOs the monthly cost is relatively cheap.  These online games take time and usually require logic and strategic abilities.  People spend hours playing these games developing new characters and creating a virtual fantasy life.  There are quite a few fun MMO games that are starting to become really popular.  Some of the most prominent MMO games are World of Warcraft, Warcraft, Guild Wars and the current new game is Aion.

Some people turn to such games for the social aspect while others use these games as a means of entertainment.  Parents can have a little control over children’s playing time with some of the features.

Online games are a great way for kids to learn how to think both quickly and efficiently.  Most online games require deep thinking otherwise there are consequences.  The MMO games require learning some social skills that video games and other single player computer games don’t offer.  These online games can even go so far as to teach kids how to work with other people.  Or they can just be played for pure fun.

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