Online gaming, this is also referred to as Internet Gaming or Electronic Gaming. It is a gathering of players with a common game using a local area network (LAN) or even WAN where they could be on the same settings. The players seem to be in a real situation that they use their mouse or keypads to move in the monitor, their virtual world.
Multiplayer games could be traced back in 1972 where a joint project by the Control Data Corporation and University of Illinois named PLATO enabled the university
students’ network with other terminals for computer-aided learning and education. Because of the students’ creativity, they integrated games that started the world of multiplayer gaming.
Sometime in 1978, the Multi-User Dungeon (MUD) spawned a field of network-based games that enable players on the network to explore and interact MUD game world. This opens the way for the Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Life Consuming Game (MMORPG) with its concept of shared world. After which, in 1984 MAD appeared that was considered as the first game connected worldwide, but MAD lasted only for two years.
Simultaneous to the usage of MUD and MAD on BITNET, Maze War, a game which was originated from NASA in 1973 fueled the development of the so called server-host gaming.
Progress and developments since then have been fast and furious, and online games as they now were beyond imagination just 10 years ago. It’s really been a snowball effect, that started with the introduction of Flash and Java Script.