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Jessica Hunter Communications 103 David Tschida-section 1C Online Games Get Real-Newsweek New online games being developed by EAcom the online division of Electronic Arts are becoming so interactive you not only play the game you are a part of the game EAcom has teamed up with AOL to provide possibly the most interactive online game of all Majestic To register you enter your age e-mail address AOL screen name and phone number Not only can you play the game online but you will also receive instant messages e-mails faxes and phone calls regarding this online scavenger hunt Becoming the only game provider for AOL was an expensive deal for EA The company will pay an 81 million minimum to AOL However EAs current revenue from their first online game Ultima will not be enough to cover the fees due to AOL To compensate EA will also offer other popular games such as NASCAR Racing Tiger Woods PGA Tour Web Golf and Knockout Kings Boxing for 499month Other games EA is developing are Sims Live and Sims Online Sims Live combines instant messaging with 3-D animated characters and Sims Online allows players to compete to become the most popular rich or powerful Sims online like Majestic will also incorporate instant messages and e-mail According to the author of the article these games could turn online gaming into the next mass medium As a person who only uses the internet for email and occasional research I do not see the appeal of online games in general Making a game that interrupts your everyday life as opposed to supplying a break from it brings bigger issues to my mind Many people use the internet as well as other media to escape from the sometimes harsh reality of our lives However when the TV radio or computer goes off we are brought back to reality Some people however seem to lose touch with reality at some
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