Best Competitive Online Game Titles

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Before, arcades dominate the gaming sphere. However, with the development and expansion of the Internet and the increasing focus on multiplayer gaming have intensified the popularity of online games. While some genres remain suitable for the single-player experience, more and more online games have started to integrate online multiplayer elements. As the number of online games like those increases, so are the number of players who develop a sense of competitiveness. As a matter of fact, there are selected titles known for having prevalent competitive communities.

The squad-based "League of Legends," which originated from the renowned "Warcraft III" custom map "Defense of the Ancients," is starting to become popular amongst gaming communities. Even if it still has a lot to achieve when compared to its predecessors in markets outside of Europe and the US, it obviously has a lot of potential for future growth. The gameplay's flaws has been fixed, dealing with limitations that were found in the original. Like most online games, LoL introduced the creation of clans and it has made its presence known in professional competitive arenas, even overpowering DoTA in most major tournaments.

"Counter-Strike" is one of the most popular titles in the FPS market and has managed to become even bigger that the game it originated from. The game still makes waves in competitive online gaming events and even stayed longer than top rank titles like "Unreal Tournament" and "Quake 3," along with a long list of FPS titles that have come out since. The game still maintains the basics, along with a number of updates, which have made the game so much more fun to play. The team features also introduces the "clan" concept in gamers.

Fans waited for over a decade for the second installment of "StarCraft", and it was well worth it. When "StarCraft II" was released, it replaced the original as the go-to game for strategy players of competitive online games. The end product can be compared to a much more complex and engaging version of chess. Players constantly discover detailed strategies for the game itself and in the meta-game.

Thanks to an emerging online component and a rapidly-developing meta-game discovering how well-balanced it is, "Street Fighter IV" is emerging as an excellent choice for online games that go one-on-one. The long-awaited addition to the classic fighting game franchise corrects the perceived mistake of its predecessor and brings back much of the classic cast of "Street Fighter II" while holding on to the series' roots of complex move interactions and stirring, strategic combat. It won't displace Namco's "Tekken 6" just yet, but time will tell whether or not Capcom has delivered in that regard.

In spite of the popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace, online games still remain to be the top form of entertainment for people. Depending on your interests, rest assured that there are games for anyone to play!

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