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Computer video games are good way to pass the time after a long day of school or work. They can be relaxing, educational, and provide a momentary escape from the pressures of real life. Computer games are especially important for players who do not have a dedicated game-playing system such as the Sony Playstation, Microsoft Xbox, or Nintendo Wii. A home computer, and many laptop computers, can provide just as rich a gaming experience as any of these systems. However, the reason that a game enthusiast does not own one of these systems is usually because of monetary constraints. As such, brand new, in-the-box computer games may be just as out-of-reach as gaming system.

Fortunately, not every computer gaming experience has to come with a price. There are many options available to play totally free computer games in any genre. Some of these games are old classic favorites, while others are new and state-of-the-art. Some free computer games are simple timewasters that can be played monotonously over and over again, while others immerse you in a full, rich fantasy world of incredible graphics and objectives that can take weeks or months to complete. As you will see, the range is extraordinary and the means of playing them usually requires nothing more than a computer and an internet connection.

Types of Free Computer Games

Free computer games come in several different types and each type may require a slightly different means of play. Here are some of the most popular types of free computer games:

Free Flash Games

Flash is a media platform developed by Adobe to display video and project audio. The difference between Flash and other media players is that Flash is completely interactive. This makes it a great platform for simple video games. Flash games come in many styles themselves and are usually found on special Flash game websites where designers share their creations. Some of the categories of free computer games in Flash on these sites are as follows:

• Puzzle Games
• Arcade Games
• Shooting Games
• Strategy Games
• Sports Games
• Card Games
• Word Games
• Board Games
• Driving Games

MMORPGs

MMORPG stands for massive multiplayer online role-playing game. The undisputed king of these games is World of Warcraft. It allows thousands or millions of players worldwide to inhabit an online gaming world simultaneously. Players create gaming characters or avatars in the world to experience interaction with non-player characters or monsters either alone or in groups. Quests and objectives are given to the players in increasing levels of complexity as the character’s skills and weapons increase in power. The problem with World of Warcraft is that it requires all players to pay a monthly fee of up to $14.99.

Many people are unaware that there are several totally free computer games in the MMORPG category. These games are just as rich, large, and have as many players as World of Warcraft, and they do not have any fee. The companies that put out these games make their money by selling optional items for characters that are not required to play. Here are some of the best MMORPGs:

• Perfect World International
• Atlantica Online
• 4Story
• D&D Online
• Fiesta Online
• Aika Online

Abandon-ware

This is a group of games of which even many hardcore gamers are unaware. Many software companies, after several years have passed and new technologies become available, abandon their old games to the public domain or relicense it as freeware. In some cases, the company has folded and no one owns the copyrights to the games any longer. Sometimes the company simply stops enforcing the copyright. In cases where a copyright exists, it is still technically illegal to download or distribute the game. If the company no longer enforces the copyright, however, no other legal action can be taken. The only problem occurs if a company suddenly changes its mind and unexpectedly begins enforcing the copyright again. So, there is some risk with abandon-ware. Another downside of abandon-ware is that the games are usually 10 to 30 years old and they may not operate on newer computers without an intermediary program such as DOSbox. DOSbox creates a virtual DOS operating system that can be used to run old DOS-based games.

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