What is it?
"Real time" means what it says - not perceptibly delayed.
In gaming, real-time can refer to real-time strategy games (RTS) where multiple players play against others, must make instant decisions, and there are no in-built pauses to the action. Games such as Starcraft and Halo are examples of real-time strategy games and are also Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs).
Real-time also means that there is no delay between broadcast and viewing, also known as live, as in live TV or live action. This can also involve streaming.
Instant messaging, or live chat, is a form of real-time communication.
How does it work?
Real-time strategy games are designed by programmers to be particularly fast moving and involve powerful computing to cope with the data activity.
Why is it useful?
Real-time is useful because it removes delays and pauses, and means many people around the world can share the same experience, such as a live music concert.
What do you need to keep in mind about your child and real-time?
As the internet moves away from downloading and owning material to cloud computing and one-off use, real-time will grow in demand and popularity. It could also potentially offer new jobs and careers for your child.