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What are the Most Popular Internet Games?

Jeff Petersen
Updated May 16, 2024
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A wide variety of Internet games exist in many different styles, themes, and price ranges. Some of the most popular ones include Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Games (MMORPGs), First Person Shooters (FPS), Real Time Strategy (RTS), and browser-based games. Different games within these categories can be found for the computer and for many of the popular game consoles.

MMORPGs are currently some of the most popular Internet games, as well as the most profitable for the game companies. These games, which include titles such as World of Warcraft, Everquest and Everquest 2, Matrix Online, Star Wars Galaxies and Guild Wars, attract huge numbers of gamers who first purchase the game itself, and then usually pay a monthly fee to play. Guild Wars is a notable exception, as it does not charge a monthly fee, but it also boasts a lower population than some of the other Internet games. Everquest claims to have over 400,000 players, while World of Warcraft boasts an amazing 6 million players.

First person shooters are a popular style of Internet game that can be played on a computer or a game console. Current favorites include Counter Strike, Halo 2, Quake 4 and Battlefield 2. FPS games allow players to take the role of a soldier, often in a futuristic setting. Players compete against one another in all out battles and in many different tasks, such as king of the hill or capture the flag.

RTS games allow a player to control an entire army in a battle against one or more opponents. Warcraft III, Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle Earth, Starcraft and various Warhammer titles offer players a variety of troops and settings, from Orcs and Elves to space marines and alien monsters. RTS games are popular on both Personal Computers (PCs) and consoles and tend to hold their popularity for a long time, as new strategies are continually developed.

Browser-based Internet games can include casino games, text-based adventures, role playing, puzzle games and trivia, among the countless variety available. Often, these include free content, with the option for the player to access additional content, earn better prizes, or advance to higher levels by paying a fee. The popular text-based adventure game Kingdom of Loathing, for example, allows players to create characters and adventure in the sarcastic and humorous game for free, but special items can be purchased by donating 10 US dollars (USD). Many online casino or card games allow free play, but also offer real money betting.

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Jeff Petersen
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Jeff Petersen is a freelance writer, short story author, and novelist based in Berkeley, California. He earned his B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Creighton University and loves putting his skills to work creating captivating content for EasyTechJunkie. Jeff's articles cover a broad range of subjects, keeping readers informed and entertained with his insightful writing style.

Discussion Comments

By clwjr60 — On May 03, 2020

Is anyone playing NBA 2K20 during this NBA downtime due to COVID-19? Will be glad when NBA gear back up but in the meantime 2k20 will have to do.

By bikemannc — On May 07, 2013

Let's not overlook, dismiss or forget about Steam's Killing Floor FPS! Zombie themed, of course, but if you don't work as a basic team, you're eaten. Seemingly unlimited types of and number of servers. Teamspeak3 + Raidcall and even Skype in game/team comms are available. A one time fee of $20 (discounted @ Steam on holidays) gets you in with continual play 24/7 (no updates shutting down gameplay). It's a fantastic game to experience!

By anon317656 — On Feb 03, 2013

What about Ninecraft?

By seller1717 — On Jan 11, 2011

Ultima Online started the MMORPG craze back in the late 90's and is still considered one of the better player vs player games available.

By anon132255 — On Dec 06, 2010

No runescape?

By anon91178 — On Jun 20, 2010

you have got to be kidding-- no runescape!

By anon88434 — On Jun 04, 2010

Are you serious? You forgot runescape! set a world record in guinness world records as the most played mmorpg. You missed a big one there. Over 300 million accounts created. ~131~

By anon84578 — On May 16, 2010

You are forgetting CoH. Blasphemy!

By anon75607 — On Apr 07, 2010

I really like Roblox. it's pretty popular! Is it not?

By anon71843 — On Mar 20, 2010

and farmville? 80 million players!

By anon60026 — On Jan 11, 2010

What about Runescape? You missed a big one there.


By anon27103 — On Feb 24, 2009

I'm still into farming wow gold, I love this game..

By ostrich — On Apr 19, 2008

Oh, and now with facebook, don't forget Scrabulous! They're being sued by the makers of Scrabble but that doesn't seem to be stopping their popularity. I am the only one of all my friends not currently playing Scrabulous and it's just because I can't afford to use up that much time at work.

Jeff Petersen

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Jeff Petersen is a freelance writer, short story author, and novelist based in Berkeley, California. He earned his B.A....
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