The progression of making real money from online gaming has formed into an out and out market of official businesses. In the past, doing something useful and getting ahead financially were mutually exclusive of video gaming but nowadays, a Google search online for buying gold or items in a certain game will result in a number of reputable sites through which trading and payment mediums can be done safely and cost effectively. This goes to show the increasing demand of gamers out there who have a surplus of real money but who are either too lazy and impatient or unskilled in the game such that they need to exchange real money for virtual cash and items. I know that especially in the Asian gaming W88club communities, rich parents will make their kids study hard… followed by letting them play hard! A $50 sword from a computer game is the same to the parents as a $50 item from a toy store as long as it makes their kids happy. And to the young slayer of demons and dragons, that virtual sword means significantly more than a GI Joe (or similar traditional toy that you’d have to play with using your own imagination.) For the rest of the business savvy individuals who love to game and are acceptable at it, this opens up another window of opportunity in that successes in the virtual world can be transferred into the real world.

How does one approach becoming a profitable gamer? Here are a couple of initial steps; while some may seem fairly basic, many neglect the bare necessities needed to maximize their abilities in the gaming world.

1. Get a nice computer and internet connection – An extra 2 minutes in loading times a day translates to more than 12 hours in a year. An extra second delay of lag in a game could mean a world of difference in a heated battle. You want your game to run smoothly and obviously to appreciate the game to its fullest, you’ll want better graphics. If you really can’t afford to upgrade to a better system, I would sacrifice the quality of your graphics so that the gameplay can better stream as this will ultimately improve results.

2. Choose a game you love to play – In order to actually make it to a point in the game where you aren’t a ‘noob’ you’re looking at investing at least 100 hours of gameplay. By this point, you’d better not be sick of the game but rather more immersed from exploration into the higher levels of the game. My three favorite online games which are undisputedly three of the current top mmorpg’s are WoW, Diablo 3, and Guild Wars, all of which offer intensely detailed graphics, completely interactive environments and comprehensive game play.