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Top Hidden Object Games
One of the most popular and ubiquitous casual gaming genres is the hidden object game (or HOG for short). These titles have players scouring scenery looking for all manner of unseen items. The problem is, because there are so many of these games, they can start to look very similar. This makes it tough to pick out the good from the bad. But whether you're new to the genre or have already found your fair share of hidden objects, these games represent some of the best that HOGs have to offer.
How to Play FarmVille Outside of Facebook
FarmVille may be the biggest game on Facebook, with over 75 million active users, but you don't necessarily have to be on the social network to play anymore. Utilizing Facebook Connect, developer Zynga has made the farming phenomenon accessible both from its own website and MSN.com. You still need a Facebook account to play, but these options let you experience FarmVille without having to be on Facebook, perfect for computers where the social network might be blocked. Here's how to do it.
Playing Literati or Scrabble Online
Having trouble finding a decent Scrabble partner? You might enjoy playing Literati on the Web, where there is always someone up for a game.
The History of Online Gaming 1969 - 1990
This is a timeline of key events in the history of Internet gaming. It includes significant developments in computer games, console games, and Internet technology.
Top Online Game Trends of the Decade
Looking back over the last ten years of online gaming, there's no doubt that it has been an astounding decade. To say that the hobby has seen explosive growth is an understatement, and it has taken some interesting twists and turns along the way. Here's a quick look at what I would consider the most significant trends that have impacted online gaming in the last decade.
Top Match-3 Puzzle Games
If you're into casual puzzle games, chances are you've come across one or two match-3 games throughout your journey. The fact is, the sheer number of match-3 titles available makes it hard to separate the good from the bad. What follows is a list of some of the best that the genre has to offer, from fresh and inventive games to ones that simply take a good thing and make it better. If you're looking to waste a whole lot of time, these games will be more than happy to help.
The Top 15 PC Video Graphics Cards for Gaming
Every experienced gamer is familiar with constantly escalating hardware demands of the latest games. These PC graphics cards will help get your frame rate back up to tolerable levels whether you're upgrading or building a new system.
PC vs. Console
The second page to the PC/console debate describes the pros and cons of PC hardware for online gaming. See which genre is good for PCs and final thoughts. Page 2.
The Best Free Online Pinball Games
They will never be quite like the old arcade pinball machines with roll digits, but online pinball simulations are getting incredibly realistic and there are no quarters required. Free pinball has become a way for companies to promote their brand and encourage people to visit their Web sites.
Fly High With these Special World of Warcraft...
There are a large number of mounts available in World of Warcraft, and more are added to the game on a regular basis. The total is currently around 200, although that includes different color variations on the same mount model. Mounts speed up travel through the world and are highly coveted possessions within Azeroth. This guide covers most of the mounts you can currently acquire in the game. Page 2.
These Are the Top 15 RTS Multiplayer Games for PC
Many real-time strategy games for the PC now have multiplayer options that allow you to wage war over the Internet. In most cases you are required to gather resources, research new technology, build up an army, and use it to vanquish your enemy. The player limit is typically between 6 and 12.
Hidden Object Games 101
If you've ever wondered just what hidden object games are all about, well you've come to the right place. Here's a run down of the basics of HOGs, as well as the many different variations on the genre. It's everything you need to get yourself started finding those objects that don't want to be found.
How to Normalize Volumes in Ventrilo
One of the most common complaints I hear about using voice chat is that some people can barely be heard, while others are so loud that they blow your ear drums out. And we all know what it's like when someone gets excited in the heat of battle and starts screaming into the microphone, or decides to share that special rap song they're listening to with everyone else on the channel at high volume. Here's how to quickly set up the compressor in Ventrilo for a less painful voice chat experience.
Before You Buy a PC Graphics Card for Gaming
Whether you are considering an upgrade to your current system, or you want your new system to be able the latest games, here are some things you should know before buying a video card for gaming.
Gaming for Money: Online Games of Skill
A lot of people dream of turning their gaming habit into a full-time job. There are a number of ways to put your game skills to the test for a wager online.
Awakening: The Dreamless Castle Review (PC)
From the opening scene, it's pretty clear that Awakening: The Dreamless Castle is doing its best to evoke classic fairytales: and it succeeds. Though the tale it tells is fairly cliche, it's done well enough to keep you engaged, and it serves as great window dressing for the actual game. And with a gorgeous, story book style presentation and some solid puzzles, there's more than enough here to keep hidden object fans happy.
Brunhilda and the Dark Crystal Review (PC)
Hidden object games, by their nature, tend to be very similar. If you play a lot of them it's easy to get the games confused with one another. Which is what makes Brunhilda and the Dark Crystal so special. The tale it weaves will keep you engaged from start to finish and when combined with some lovely visuals and polished gameplay, the result is simply magical.
Top Multiplayer FPS Action Games
First-person shooters have long been a dominant force in online gaming, especailly on the PC. If you need some fast multiplayer FPS action, these are some of the top games currently available.
Where to Play PopCap Games For Free
Over the years, PopCap Games has created some of the most addictive and well known casual games on the market. Titles like Bejeweled and Peggle have stolen countless hours of our time due to being just so hard to put down. But if you haven't yet experienced the joy of a PopCap game, there are plenty of ways you can test them out without dropping a dime. Here are a few ways to enjoy four of the developer's best games for free.
The History of Hidden Object Games
HOGs are one of the most popular genres of casual games. And leading the way is Big Fish Games. Not only is the company leading the way with its very popular game portal, but its internal development studios are also making some of the best HOGs out there, including the pioneering Mystery Case Files series and, more recently, the very well received Drawn games. I had the chance to speak with BFG's Adrian Woods about the history of the genre and just where it might be going in the future.
Using Voice Chat in Games
While there are still some die-hard speed typers among us, the keyboard is giving way to headsets and microphones as voice becomes the preferred way to communicate in online games. These software and hardware options can take team play to the next level.
Top Free Online Action Puzzle Games
Puzzle games don't have to entail tremendous amounts of logic and deliberation. Adding arcade-like action or physics to a puzzle game can bring some luck and reflexes to the exercise. These are puzzle games that keep up the pace and often have you shooting your way out of difficult situations.
3 Tips for Earning Certification Points in...
Tips for maximizing your Certification gain in SOE's new MMOFPS, PlanetSide 2. Learn about support roles and Sunderer certification to accumulate points.
Online Gaming Etiquette
When you log on to an online game, you shouldn't have to put up with all sorts of behavior that isn't befitting a 7-year-old, and yet as often as not, that's exactly what you can expect. To some extent we're probably already getting desensitized to it, but I decided to assemble some tips on good online gaming etiquette, just in case anyone out there still cares.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Multiplayer Tips
The Battlefield series has long been a popular source of multiplayer mayhem on the PC, and in recent years it has become a hit on consoles as well. Bad Company 2 has revived interest in the franchise, well-known for its team-based combat and player-controlled vehicles. While many of the shooter skills learned in other games carry over nicely into Bad Company 2, there are some differences which can affect your performance. Here are some tips to help you and your cohorts get the upper-hand in BC2 matches.
Gaming for Money: Trading Game Assets
A lot of money is changing hands these days for characters and items that exist only in the virtual worlds of massively multiplayer online games. Remarkably, some people have turned this activity into big business, creating auctions and stores that cater specifically to the needs of online adventurers. Here's a closer look at this new economic phenomenon.
Top Free Online Mahjong Games
Mahjong (or Mah-jongg) is a tile-matching game that originated in China over a century ago. Today it is played all over the world, and like many other traditional games, there are now a multitude of free online variations of Mahjong you can play in a Web browser. These are some of the better free Mahjong games I've come across so far.
Lord of the Rings Online Screenshots
Screenshots of the MMORPG Lord of the Rings Online.
DPS - damage per second
Internet Games Glossary - DPS - damage per second
gone gold
Internet Games Glossary - gone gold
World of Warcraft Compared to EverQuest II
It's not often that two blockbuster MMORPGs hit store shelves within weeks of each other, and it presents people who don't have unlimited time and money for online games with a tough decision. Both World of Warcraft and EverQuest II promise to be exceptional games, so here is a quick comparison between the two that might make it easier to figure out which one is for you. Page 2.
Guild Wars Screenshot Index
Screenshots of the Guild Wars E3 for Everyone demo.
Top Free Online Tower Defense Games
Tower defense games have been growing in popularity at a rapid rate ever since the success of Flash Element Tower Defense and Desktop Tower Defense in 2007. Essentially, you have to destroy multiple waves of oncoming hostiles (creeps) by placing defensive towers on the map. These towers can typically be upgraded and in some games, used to force the enemy to take a longer path. Here are my favorite free browser-based tower defense games.
Top 10 Fantasy MMORPGs
In these fantasy-themed MMORPGs games you create a character, don a sword or a spellbook, and venture off into a persistent online world in search of experience points. An Internet connection is required and they typically charge a monthly subscription fee for access.
Roleplaying and Romance
With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I thought it would be a good time to take a quick look at sex and romance inside massively multiplayer online games, where players celebrate everything from birthdays to weddings. Although it may not fit the stereotype, gamers are not immune to love, and gamer couples are becoming more common all the time. Most games do their best to keep it clean, but those seeking something more risque have a few virtual worlds to choose from as well.
The Biggest Heists in Eve Online
Eve Online is a unique game with a deep economic component, and player perpetrated scams are all part of the action. This is a brief history of the game's largest and most famous swindles.
8 Places To Find Casual Games
There are plenty of casual games out there, but sometimes actually finding something to play can be a chore. After all, unlike traditional games, you can't simply go out to a store and pick the latest hidden object game off the shelf. Thankfully there are plenty of online casual game portals that do all of the work for you, leaving you with just one decision: what should I play? Here are eight of our favorites.
Top Free Online Match-3 Puzzle Games
Match-3 games have become a staple of the casual game genre over the years, and you'll now find them adapted to countless different themes and seasons. The central mechanic they all share is that the player must find or create sets of similar items, typically three or more, to complete the game's objectives. Here are some of the most popular free match-3 puzzle games available online.
Top Free Art Games
One of the great things about games is the sheer variety. There are games you play for fun, games you play for challenge, and games you play socially with friends. But there are also games that try to do more. This new wave of artistic games attempts to use the medium as a way of expressing something unique and thought provoking.
How to Install World of Warcraft Addons
Installing World of Warcraft addons are simple, useful and best of all condoned by Blizzard. Here's a guide on downloading and installing a WoW addon.
Onyxia Key Quest Walkthrough for Horde
If you've reached level 60 in World of Warcraft, odds are your guild wants you to get your Onyxia key (Drakefire Amulet) so you can join them on raids to Onyxia's Lair. You need to complete a long chain of quests to get this item, and they differ depending on whether you're playing Alliance or Horde. This is a walkthrough for the Horde side.
Fun Facebook Farming Games That Aren't FarmVille
Zynga's FarmVille is possibly the biggest game of all time, with an astounding 80 million people playing it every single month. But it's not the only farming game in town. In fact, Facebook is full of plenty of agricultural simulators that are just as fun and addictive as FarmVille. So, if FarmVille isn't your thing, or you're simply looking for something new in a farming game, here are five titles you need to play.
Using Steam to Download and Play Games
Launched admist great controversy back in 2003, Steam is Valve Software's digital distribution system for games. It is a free stand-alone program which provides a wide range of game-related services including game downloads, server browsing, instant messaging, friend lists, automatic game patching, and more. Here is a quick explanation of what Steam is, what it does, and how it came to reside on some 20 million computers worldwide.
6 Tricks for Better CSI 'Crime City' Gaming on...
Having trouble on the mean streets of Las Vegas? We're here to help. Here are six useful tips to make your time in the Facebook game CSI: Crime City go by much easier.
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King FAQ
Wrath of the Lich King is the second expansion for World of Warcraft, which raises the level cap to 80 and introduces the continent of Northrend. Here are answers to a lot of the common questions about the expansion to get you on your way to a smooth start in Wrath of the Lich King.
The Tarot's Misfortune Review (PC)
There's something to be said for a game that doesn't try to reinvent the wheel, but instead polishes it to a fine sheen. The Tarot's Misfortune is such a game. While it doesn't do anything new with the well-worn hidden object game formula, what it does it does so well that it's easy to overlook the lack of innovation.
World of Warcraft: Wintergrasp Guide
Wintergrasp is a large PvP zone added to World of Warcraft with The Wrath of the Lich King expansion. It's a fairly straightforward siege scenario, but there are still frequent questions in chat about the Towers and Goblin Workshops. This is a quick explanation of how the zone works and what the rewards are for participating in the massive battles over Wintergrasp Fortress.
PK - player kill
Internet Games Glossary - PK - player kill
Cooking Mama: Friends' Cafe Review (Facebook)
Mama sure does get around. After numerous releases across game consoles, handhelds, and even mobile phones, the Cooking Mama series has finally landed on Facebook. And nothing has been lost in the translation. The game sports the same bright and happy style coupled with great mini-game-based gameplay that has made the series so popular.
Pros and Cons of Digital Distribution for PC...
The digital distribution of games has really come of age in the last few years, and it now seems inevitable that disks and boxes are on their way out and downloads are the way of the future. Not everyone is happy about it, because a lot of people still expect to get a physical object when they buy a game, but a growing number of game sales are taking place through online services. Here's a quick look at the pros and cons of digital distribution.
Top Keyboards for Gaming
There are a wide variety of keyboards on the market designed for gaming. This list has some suggestions for people considering an upgrade to a gaming keyboard.
Secret of the Magic Crystals Review (PC)
Despite it's generic fantasy sounding name, Secret of the Magic Crystals is actually a simulation game that has you breeding horses. Mythical horses like unicorns, pegasus', and demon steeds. It's a unique concept, and the game does a good job of melding casual gameplay with strong simulation elements. Unfortunately, it's also far too repetitive, leading to a somewhat uneven experience.
Star Wars: The Old Republic Alignment Guide
Star Wars: The Old Republic is one of only a few MMORPGs to experiment with an alignment system. This is a quick explanation of how it works and what the consequences of going to the Light or Dark side are.
Why I Love My Desktop PC
Mobile computing has become very popular in the last decade, but I'm still a diehard desktop PC user. These are the reasons they'll have to pry my desktop from my cold, dead hands.
Counter-Strike Tips
General strategies for competing more successfully in Counter-Strike and other multiplayer FPS games. The basics can make a big difference when there's a bullet coming your way hard and fast. (Page 1)
Protecting Your Game Passwords
Your MMORPG characters may not seem that valuable, but game accounts are becoming a favorite target of trojans and phishing scams. A high-level character's equipment can be turned into real cash quickly, and given that the legal status of virtual property is still a grey area, it's a relatively low-risk crime. Here is a breakdown of the major threats and some tips on how you can best protect yourself.
Black War Bear - Horde
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 2.
World of Warcraft Gold Earning Tips
Making the gold needed for some of the more expensive items in World of Warcraft can seem like an impossible task, especially when you're looking a four digit numbers. This leads a lot of people to buy gold for real money, but there are alternatives. With a little persistence, there are several viable, legitimate ways to earn gold in the game. Here are some pointers to get your characters on their way to a comfortable income.
Top Time Management Games
If you're in the mood for something fun and fast paced, there's nothing better than a time management games. These titles have you juggling a heap of different tasks as quickly as possible, and will have you doing everything from cleaning tables and seating customers to building skating rinks and saving fallen skiers. They're fun, challenging, and perfect for both quick spurts of gameplay, as well as more prolonged sessions. Here are some of the best titles that the genre has to offer.
Venomhide Ravasaur
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 15.
Facebook Tips & Tricks: My Empire
As a full-blown city building simulation crammed onto Facebook, there's quite a lot of complexity to My Empire. Balancing the needs of your citizens while simultaneously expanding your empire is no easy task. You'll have to build homes, markets, and mines, all while making sure your town is beautiful and its inhabitants are happy.
LPB - low ping bastard
The Internet Games Glossary definition of a LPB. Explains how bandwidth affects the perceptions players get from an LPB player.
The Dark Side of MMORPGs
Massively multiplayer online games are certainly the flavor of the day, but as experiments in this genre mature, some people are discovering that virtual worlds aren't always as enjoyable as the hype makes them out to be. This is a look at some of the problems that have plagued MMORPGs over the years.
Crowdfunding and the Future of Game Publishing
Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding may change the way video games are developed and funding in the upcoming years. Here's a look at how the publishing model is being affected by these recent trends.
Love & Death: Bitten Review (PC/Mac)
With the success of films like the Twilight saga and TV series like True Blood, it seems that vampire/human romance stories are at an all time high in terms of popularity. Capitalizing on this trend is Love & Death: Bitten, a new hidden object game from PlayFirst. But instead of being simply yet another vampire love tale, Love & Death is actually a very solid and entertaining experience for the brief while it lasts.
EA Origin Beta Impressions
Origin in a digital distribution service from EA that will be used for their downloadable games going forward. These are my first impressions of Origin.
Island: The Lost Medallion Review (PC)
There's probably no setting more popular for hidden object and adventure games than ancient ruins. After all, it's the perfect spot for plenty of environmental based puzzles and narrative mysteries. But this also means that it can be tough for a game to set its self apart. And Island: The Lost Medallion definitely has this problem. While it features a couple of new and interesting ideas, it's hard not to feel like you've seen this all before.
Grand Ice Mammoth - Horde
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 10.
Top Free Online Soccer Games
I'm not sure if Soccer, or perhaps more accurately, Football, is the world's most popular sport, but if it isn't, it certainly comes close. Naturally, there have been vast numbers of soccer simulations and fantasy soccer games released over the years. Free online soccer games have also been growing in number, and they've come to offer a mixture of team management and action on the field. These are some of the better free online soccer games currently available.
White Polar Bear
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 13.
Magic Encyclopedia 3: Illusions Review (PC)
It's often hard to find a hidden object game that manages to do something different, as the genre seems to be plagued by me-too copycats and clones. That's what makes the third entry in the Magic Encyclopedia series so great. Not only is it a gorgeous, well made HOG, it also introduces a new, very compelling new gameplay feature that helps make the game one of the best the genre has seen in quite some time.
Onyxia Key Quest Walkthrough for Alliance
If you've reached level 60 in World of Warcraft, odds are your guild wants you to get your Onyxia key (Drakefire Amulet) so you can join them on raids to Onyxia's Lair. You need to complete a long chain of quests to get this item, and they differ depending on whether you're playing Alliance or Horde, so I've put together walkthroughs of Onyxia key quests for both factions.
Rivendare's Deathcharger
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 14.
Windows 8 and PC Gaming
Windows 8 will arrive in October of 2012, and with preview versions of it already in circulation, it has been getting mixed reviews. Here's a look at how PC gaming might be affected by Microsoft's upcoming OS.
SimCity 5: The Always Online Dilemma
Meeting demand for the online components of games when they launch can be a challenge, as demonstrated by the recent release of SimCity 5. We return to the once-again-revived debate about always-on DRM.
Raptor Mount (Emerald)
Screenshots of World of Warcraft racial mounts. Page 17.
Facebook Face-off: Mafia Wars vs. Gangster City
Picking between Facebook games can be tough. Often times they look the same, and more often, they play almost identically. If you're looking to take the plunge into the world of mafia-themed games there are plenty of choices, but the two biggest are Zynga's long-running Mafia Wars and Playfish's fast-growing Gangster City. Here's everything you need to know to choose between the two.
Multiplayer Online Shooters 101
First-person shooters have come a long way since Quake demonstrated the potential for online play in a 3D action game. Today multiplayer shooters are played on consoles as well as PCs, and they encompass everything from realistic counter-terrorist settings to extreme science fiction. This is a quick summary of how most FPSes are played online.
Gaming for Money - Trading Game Assets
A lot of money is changing hands these days for characters and items that exist only in the virtual worlds of massively multiplayer online games. Remarkably, some people have turned this activity into big business, creating auctions and stores that cater specifically to the needs of online adventurers. Here's a closer look at this new economic phenomenon. Page 2.
Playing Internet Pool
Pool has become one of the most popular free online games, with tens of thousands of players participating at any hour of the day or night. Now you can rack 'em up from the comfort of home, even if you don't have a table.
Traveler's Tundra Mammoth - Alliance
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 7.
Grand Ice Mammoth - Alliance
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 9.
The Game of Sex and Violence
Bloodletting and large-breasted babes are nothing new to the video game industry, but with the war on terrorism fueling sales of war-themed game titles, both sides of the content controversy seem to be hunkering down for a decisive battle.
CityVille: Tips & Tricks (Facebook)
Here are six tips to help you get the most out of your CityVille city, the latest game from Facebook developer Zynga, covering everything from storing crops to erecting buildings.
Raven Lord
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 17.
A Brief History of EverQuest
EverQuest has been around for over a decade and I can't think of any MMORPG that has had more expansions. Here is a brief history of the game and a chronological list of all the expansions released for it so far.
Facebook Face-off: FrontierVille vs. FarmVille
With its newest release, FrontierVille, it seems that developer Zynga is looking to build on the success of the wildly popular FarmVille. And while FrontierVille is definitely the better game, for those who have dedicated a lot of time to FarmVille making the switch is a big decision. Here are some of the biggest differences between the two Facebook games to help you decide whether or not to abandon life on the farm to go explore the wild frontier.
CSI: Crime City Review (Facebook)
Licensed video games, whether they're on Facebook or not, have a terrible track record. But CSI: Crime City bucks this trend with fun and accessible gameplay that makes great use of the CSI license. It also features some solid production values and a great, cinematic presentation. There are a few issues that keep the game from being perfect, but problems aside this is a game that CSI fans will definitely want to play.
Sandstone Drake
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 9.
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Onyxian Drake
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 10.
1337 - leet
Internet Games Glossary - 1337 - leet
Icebound Frostbrood Vanquisher
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 2.
Facebook Tips & Tricks: Country Story
Playfish's Country Story provides a nice change of pace from the glut of farming games available on Facebook. Instead of simply tending to your garden and looking after animals, Country Story lets you take on quests, visit shops, and much more. The game also gives you the freedom to tackle things any way you see fit. But if this seems like a daunting prospect, don't despair. Developer Playfish has graciously offered 10 tips to help put you on the road to becoming the next agricultural all-star.
RTS - real-time strategy
Internet Games Glossary - RTS - real-time strategy
Swift White Hawkstrider
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 16.
Top 7 Multiplayer RPGs
Highly graphical multiplayer RPGs have become a large online gaming trend in recent years. See the top seven with a variety of Internet play options.
The Pros and Cons of F2P
Thanks in part to MMORPGs like EverQuest and World of Warcraft, gamers in North America and Europe have grown increasingly comfortable with monthly game subscriptions. Alternative revenue models have been around for a long time, but they're only beginning to catch on here the way they have in foreign markets. Turbine moved two of their titles to a free-to-play (F2P) system in recent years with considerable success, and a number of other games have followed their lead. Here's a closer look at the F2P trend.
Elekk Mount (Gray)
Screenshots of World of Warcraft racial mounts. Page 3.
Flying Machine
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 31.
Magnificent Flying Carpet
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 30.
Swift Raptor Mount (Orange)
Screenshots of World of Warcraft racial mounts. Page 18.
Top 9 Puzzle Games on About Arcade
About Arcade has a large selection of puzzle, action, and card games which you can demo and purchase online. These are my picks for the best puzzle games currently available on the service.
DKP - dragon kill points
Internet Games Glossary - DKP - dragon kill points
Hidden Identity: Chicago Blackout Review (PC)
In Hidden Identity: Chicago Blackout it's not the Windy City that's blacked out, but the unnamed main character. After waking up with no idea of either who he is or where he is, the protagonist sets off in search of clues to help him piece together his past. This, of course, means finding lots and lots of objects. The game adds a few new twists to the traditional hidden object game formula, but for the most part fans of the genre won't experience much in the way of surprises.
What Makes a Game "Massively" Multiplayer?
Massively multiplayer is a term being applied to an ever-increasing number of online games, but some them don't actually support a massive number of players. Although there's no gold standard for what makes a game massively multiplayer, I think the proper use of the term MMOG deserves further examination.
Hellgate: London Review (PC)
The year is 2038 and London has been reduced to rubble by hideous demons that came through the Hellgate. Humans have taken refuge in the city's Underground stations, where they do their best to fight back against the unholy invaders using all the high-tech weaponry at their disposal. Here's a look at Hellgate: London, a new action RPG from Flagship Studios.
Volcanic Stone Drake
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 8.
Traveler's Tundra Mammoth - Horde
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 8.
Top World of Warcraft Addons
Unlike most games, World of Warcraft allows users to make radical adjustments and additions to the game's graphical user interface (GUI). For the most part, the default interface is pretty good, but it offers nowhere near the range of options and flexibility of many of the addons (also called mods) made by the community. These are some of the most useful of the hundreds of addons available for World of Warcraft.
Top Free Online Shooters (PC)
Free alternatives for 3D shooter fans have grown rapidly in recent years, driven in part by micro-transaction revenue models. Military settings are among the most popular, but other popular and more casual themes are finding their way into these games as well. While the graphics are often a generation or two behind retail games, the price is definitely hard to beat. These are some of our favorite free online shooters for the PC.
Buying a Keyboard for Gaming
The keyboard is a vital part of any PC gaming system and options for gamers have grown rapidly over the years. Here are some things to consider if you're looking to buy a keyboard for gaming.
Cheating in Online Games
It takes an great effort to keep an online game cheat-free. Read about online game cheating history, how it's done, who to trust and fair play initiatives.
Wooly Mammoth - Horde
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 6.
Wrath of the Lich King Reputation Guide
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Pheonix Mount
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 14.
Internet Games Glossary
A glossary of commonly used game related words and acronyms.
DOT - damage over time
Internet Games Glossary - DOT - damage over time
Mines of Moria 2
Screenshots of the MMORPG Lord of the Rings Online. Page 2.
Top 6 Science Fiction MMORPGs
Elves and dwarves are extremely popular, but they're not your only roleplaying options these days. If laser-beam toting superheroes are more your style, these science fiction MMORPGs feature persistent worlds full of high-tech weaponry, spaceships, and belligerent aliens.
Proto-Dragon (Blue)
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 24.
Blue Dragonhawk
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 12.
Ultramarine Qiraji Battle Tank
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 21.
Swift Elekk
Screenshots of World of Warcraft racial mounts. Page 4.
Neverwinter Primer
An introduction to the upcoming MMORPG, Neverwinter, from Cryptic Studios, Wizards of the Coast, Hasbro, and Perfect World.
Azure Netherwing Drake
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 22.
Grey Riding Camel
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 22.
ToonTown Online Review
There aren't a lot of massively multiplayer games designed for young kids. Along with the obvious safety concerns, many MMORPGs take a considerable effort to learn to play and they often feature violent content that isn't appropriate for children. Disney has taken a different approach with ToonTown, resulting in an online game that isn't just squeaky clean, it's easy to learn and entertaining enough that the adults in the family will likely want to play along.
pwn - own
Internet Games Glossary - pwn - own
Robinson Crusoe and the Cursed Pirates Review...
There's no shortage of pirate-themed games in the casual space, just as there's no shortage of hidden object games. So combining the two seems like the perfect recipe for a dull, generic game. But Robinson Crusoe and the Cursed Pirates is far from dull, instead offering a refreshing, creative, and humorous experience that puts plenty of twists on the traditional HOG formula.
Top PC Game Accessories
Peripherals, gizmos, gadgets and accessories for video gamers, including game controllers and 3D glasses.
Rift Review (PC)
You've probably noticed that the number of fantasy MMORPGs on the market has soared to such heights in recent years that it's getting hard to tell one from the next. Rift enters the scene with its own take on elves and dwarves, as well as a remarkably complete set of features for a game of this kind. They've also introduced a dynamic spawn system that they are hoping will breathe new life into what is, by now, a tired formula. Can Rift set itself apart from the competition, or have we all played this already with a different skin?
StarCraft 2 Multiplayer Review (PC)
Sequels can be risky because some people want unique and innovative changes, while others want the game to stay close to its roots, which, after all, bought about the franchise's popularity in the first place. StarCraft 2 manages to walk a fine line between the old and the new that is likely go over well with both long-time fans and those that are just introducing themselves to the IP. Here's a look at the multiplayer side of StarCraft 2. Page 2.
Internet Game Basics
If you're new to the Internet or online gaming, this is a brief introduction to the hobby and how to get started.
Settlement. Colossus Review (PC)
Normally hidden object games have you finding things for the sake of finding them. Sometimes the objects are loosely tied to the plot of the game -- you may occasionally come across a clue during your searches -- but, for the most part, you don't actually use what you find. Not so in Settlement. Colossus. This interesting hybrid of a HOG and a strategy game has you searching for food, firewood, and other resources necessary for creating and maintaining a brand new settlement.
Fossilized Raptor
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 20.
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory - Free Game Profile
Developed by SplashDamage, Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory is an excellent WWII first-person shooter that you can enjoy for free. Get the details and download locations in this profile.
Love Chronicles: The Spell Review (PC)
What is it with fairytale towns? For some reason, they always seem to be placed under some sort of evil spell. In Love Chronicles: The Spell, it's your job to save an entire kingdom that's been put to sleep by an evil old witch. And while the game does a good job of creating a world that's fun to explore, it may be a bit too easy for veterans of the genre.
Swift Mistsaber Mount
Screenshots of World of Warcraft racial mounts. Page 16.
Star Wars MMORPGs: What Went Wrong?
Stars Wars seems like an ideal franchise to build a MMORPG around, but it hasn't worked out quite as planned for two attempts that have been made so far. Here's a quick look at what went right and what went wrong.
Star Wars: The Old Republic Screenshots
Screenshots of Bioware's Star Wars themed online game, Star Wars: The Old Republic.
PvE - player versus environment
Internet Games Glossary - PvE - player versus environment
Mystery Legends: Phantom of the Opera Review...
Sometimes all it takes is a bit of polish. While Mystery Legends: Phantom of the Opera doesn't do a whole lot new with the hidden object formula, it's so incredibly well put together that it doesn't even matter. It's serious, dark tone, incredible visuals, and engaging gameplay make this among the best games the genre has ever seen.
Hawkstrider Mount (Purple)
Screenshots of World of Warcraft racial mounts. Page 5.
MMORPG - massively multiplayer online...
Internet Games Glossary - MMORPG - massively multiplayer online roleplaying game
Will Consoles Kill PC Gaming?
If you've visited your local electronics store recently, it's not hard to get the impression that consoles are taking over the video game industry.Despite occasional successes like World of Warcraft, retail PC game sales clearly aren't keeping pace with their console counterparts. Is PC gaming doomed to become the domain of casual Bejeweled players and the handful of hard-core nerds willing to tinker with their processor clock speeds, as some analysts have suggested? Page 2.
Game Launches: Best Avoided?
When servers are overloaded from the initial rush, game launches can be a frustrating affair. Some MMORPG fans are resigned to waiting a week or two before plunging into a new release. These are some thoughts on game launches and the issues associated with them.
Northrend Bear Mount - Horde
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 12.
Fishdom 2 Review (PC)
With all of the match-three puzzle games out there, it can be hard to make a game stand out from the pack. Developer Playrix managed to do this with the first Fishdom by letting players earn cash in the puzzle game, which could then be used for decorating and populating a virtual aquarium. Fishdom 2 offers more of the same, and while it may not be all that original, it's still one of the best match-three games around.
Solid State Drive Basics
A solid state drive, or SSD, can improve boot times and make your games load faster. They've become much more affordable in recent years, and many gamers are now adding them to their desktop systems.

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