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The Exciting World of Free Games
What Kinds of Games Are Available for Free?
These are the simplest of the online games. They usually feature easy directions and a short playing time, making them great diversions for a spare minute or two.
MMOG (massively multiplayer online games)
These present a persistent virtual world which can support hundreds or thousands of users logging into it at once. The game continues as individual users leave and re-enter the game, making it arguably the most involving of all free game types. Users often devote many hours to MMOGs, forming friendships with other users.
Online Versions of Classic Games
Many classic board games and puzzles are now available online. Crosswords and sudoku no longer appear only in newspapers. Some users may find it difficult to complete such games without paper, while others appreciate the elimination of the need to erase mistakes constantly. Poker, another favorite, is available in a free version online, giving users the chance to develop new skills as they face opponents they cannot see. Playing board games online also allows solitary users to connect over the internet in order to play a favorite board game that requires more than one person. Popular games in this category include Pictionary, chess, and Mah Jongg.
Is Special Software or Hardware Necessary to Play Free Games?
Sometimes. Games that include colorful moving graphics are generally powered by one of the major software technologies, such as Java, Flash, or Shockwave. You will need to download the appropriate technology to play most games. Most are free. Programs like these are also used for interactive educational programming and general web design.
Downloading Vs. Playing Online
Either choice can be a good option, depending on the user. Free games often have downloadable versions, but they usually cost money. Downloading a game also requires that you check to make sure you have ample room on your computer to store the game. However, downloading a game is attractive because the user can then play anytime, without an internet connection. Users should consider how many games they wish to download, and how large the file sizes are before choosing that option.
Protecting Your Computer From Viruses and Spyware
When choosing to download a game, it is best to read the fine print of the privacy agreement (and hopefully there is one) to be sure that you are downloading only the game. Disreputable sites often package spyware programs with games. Spyware is a term used to describe hidden software that gathers information about the user’s computer, often to install invasive advertising. It can be hard to remove, and often requires purchasing spyware-removing software.