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A multiplayer online game is a "multiplayer video game which can be played via a "game server over the "internet, with other players around the world. Some prominent examples of this include "fighting games (e.g. "Street Fighter IV and "Tekken 6), "sports games (e.g. "NHL 14 and "Grid Autosport), older online games (e.g. "Sega Meganet titles), "first-person shooters ("Battlefield 2, "BZFlag, "Call of Duty, "Counter-Strike, "Quake 3, "Resistance 3 and "Unreal Tournament), a subgenre of "shooter games called "hero shooter ("Battleborn, "Overwatch and "Paladins), "strategy video games (e.g. "Warcraft 3 and "StarCraft or "II) and a subgenre of strategy games called "multiplayer online battle arena (e.g. "Defense of the Ancients, "League of Legends, "Dota 2 and "Heroes of the Storm).
These games differ from "massively multiplayer online game (MMO) in that they do not create a "persistent world, but create a playing arena for the purpose of a single game or round. In other words, they rely on a game "listen server used only for that round, and there can be numerous servers all around the world. MMO games on the other hand, rely on "dedicated servers, as these games must be running continuously.
The history of online games dates back to the early days of packet-based computer networking in the 1970s. An early example of online games are MUDs, including the first, "MUD1, which was created in 1978 and originally confined to an internal network before becoming connected to ARPANet in 1980.
The existence of a wide variety and number of servers has made possible several variations on gameplay. Most multiplayer games tend to have smaller communities then massive multiplayer online games. Yet massive multiplayer online have the risk of DoS attacks taking down the main info-structure as they tend to rely on more centralized structure rather than multiplayer online games which tend to rely on servers which tend to be more distributed. The main server structure tends to be more distributed on a multiplayer online game rather than centralized. For example, in some multiplayer online games, various servers have their own names, websites and gaming groups. Often a list of rules will display when a player first logs on a server.
A browser-based multiplayer online game (BMOG) is a special case of multiplayer online game (MOG) in the form of a "browser game. The term could also be applied to many other browser-based competitions.
Many types of MOG can potentially be browser-based. Popular examples include simple web sites such as a simple website for a "prediction market or games that involve some 3D rendering such as "Quake Live or "MMORPG such as "RuneScape.