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Internet Games: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
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.
Top 15 Multiplayer RTS Games for the 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.
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.
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.
Top 15 Video Cards for Computer 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.
World of Warcraft Mount Guide
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saga of Ryzom Screenshot Index
Screenshots of the MMORPG Saga of Ryzom.: saga of ryzom review thumbnails images
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gaming With Xfire
How many of you still use the phone to find out what games your friends are playing or which server they're on? Ever find that it takes four or five phone calls to get everyone into the same game? A program like Xfire can simplify this process and eliminate the need for phone calls completely. Not only does it make it easy to hook up with your friends, it has a long list of other useful features, including voice chat.
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.
Lord of the Rings Online Screenshots
Screenshots of the MMORPG Lord of the Rings Online.
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.
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.
Guild Wars 2 Review
A review of ArenaNet's new MMORPG, Guild Wars 2.
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.
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.
PlanetSide 2 Certification Grinding Tips
Tips for maximizing your Certification gain in SOE's new MMOFPS, PlanetSide 2. Learn about support roles and Sunderer certification to accumulate points.
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. Page 2.
How to Install World of Warcraft Addons
While writing an addon World of Warcraft is quite complicated, installing and using addons is very simple. User interface addons are not cheats or hacks, they are condoned by Blizzard, and there are hundreds of them available for WoW. Most people find them so useful that once they start playing with them, there's no going back. Here's a quick guide to downloading and installing addons for WoW.
Pirates of the Burning Sea Review
Few MMORPGs use historical settings, and fewer still allow you to play a pirate cruising the Caribbean in a wooden ship, seeking gold and glory. Pirates of the Burning Sea is just such a game, and despite the title, it isn't just about pirates. Players join several different nations in a battle over the ports in the region. I've spent several weeks sailing by the seat of my pantaloons, and this game definitely offers something out of the ordinary.
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.
Wizard101 Review (PC)
You're a young wizard being trained in the ways of magic at the Ravenwood School of Magical Arts under the watchful eye of headmaster Ambrose. As you learn to harness mystical powers, you'll be tasked with saving the school from the evil Malistaire Drake. Wizard101 is an online game for kids that has many of the trappings of an adult MMORPG built around an unusual card-based combat system, and it has been capturing the imagination of people of all ages.
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.
Back to the Future: Blitz Through Time Review...
Telltale Games is best known for funny and witty adventure games, like Sam & Max and Tales From Monkey Island. And later this year the developer will be visiting the world of Back to the Future. To celebrate, Telltale has released its first ever Facebook game. Unfortunately, Back to the Future: Blitz Through Time amounts to little more than a thinly veiled clone Bejeweled Blitz.
1337 - leet
Internet Games Glossary - 1337 - leet
Bronze Drake
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 20.
Wrath of the Lich King Reputation Guide
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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.
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.
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.
Proto-Dragon (Blue)
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 24.
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.
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)
DPS - damage per second
Internet Games Glossary - DPS - damage per second
Outland
Maps of the Outland from the World of Warcraft Burning Crusade expansion.
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.
Hands-on Preview: EA Sports FIFA Superstars...
With World Cup in South Africa fever only two weeks away, Playfish has released its first collaboration with EA Sports, EA Sports FIFA Superstars. The Facebook game lets players slowly build up a team of real world soccer stars and take on some of the most famous clubs in the world. It's light on action, as you don't actually play any games, but instead focuses on the process of developing the best possible team.
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.
Pirates of the Caribbean Online Review
Disney isn't just about movies and theme parks anymore, they've become a serious contender in the online games market, with a variety of titles aimed at youngsters. Pirates of the Caribbean Online is their latest effort, based on the famous movie series, and it lets you skirmish with scurvy dogs and plunder ships on the high seas.
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.
Onyxian Drake
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 10.
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.
Gaming with GameSpy
Server and player finding software is almost essential to online gaming, so if you're new to the hobby, this is an introduction to GameSpy.
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.
Magnificent Flying Carpet
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 30.
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.
Paying to Play: Is It Worth the Money?
Although the number of people subscribed to games that charge monthly fees for access continues to grow, we've all heard protests from those that refuse to pay any kind of regular fees to play a video game. Many are accustomed to the traditional retail offerings: buy the box, take it home, and play it forever, or until you get bored. By comparison, the $10-$15 per month a lot of MMOGs charge may look rather steep, but are they a rip-off, or are they good value for your entertainment dollars?
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.
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.
Red Proto-Drake Mount
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 25.
FPS - first-person shooter
Internet Games Glossary - FPS - first-person shooter
Azure Netherwing Drake
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 22.
MMORPGs: Sandbox vs. Themepark
Games are typically a blend of different and sometimes exclusive design principles. This has led to use of descriptive terms like sandbox and themepark. Here is a definition of these terms for the uninitiated.
Time Management Games 101
Casual games are commonly thought of as much more relaxing experiences when compared with traditional games, and in most cases that's true. But not when it comes to time management games. This genre is fast paced and often quite hectic, forcing players to balance out numerous tasks simultaneously in order to be successful. They start out simple enough, but before you know it you're overrun with goals to accomplish. Here's everything you need to get started with time management games.
Ironbound Proto-Drake
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 28.
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.
Cenarion War Hippogryph
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 23.
Cheating in Online Games
In a perfect world, you could trust the people you game with online to follow the rules, but in this world, it takes an extraordinary effort to keep a game free of cheaters, whether it's an Olympic event or a Counter-Strike match. I get quite a few questions about the extent of cheating in online games and what is being done about it, so here are the details.
Raven Lord
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 17.
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.
Violet Proto-Drake Mount
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 26.
Nether Ray (Purple)
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 19.
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.
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.
Mekgineer's Chopper
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 18.
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.
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.
Guild Wars 2 Screenshots
Screenshots of the MMORPG Guild Wars 2.
Ultramarine Qiraji Battle Tank
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 21.
Rivendare's Deathcharger
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 14.
Mines of Moria 1
Screenshots of the MMORPG Lord of the Rings Online.
Robot Unicorn Attack: Heavy Metal Review...
Visit Their Website Review Date: November 22, 2010 Developer: Spiritonin Media Games Publisher: Adult
Battlefield 3 Multiplayer Review (PC)
Battlefield 3 is one of the biggest FPS releases of 2011. The game features a wide variety of combat vehicles, destructive environments, and spectacular graphics. This is our review of the game's multiplayer component.
Zuma Blitz Review (Facebook)
When Popcap released Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook, it stumbled across the perfect formula for creating a perfect arcade experience on the platform. And now the developer has done it again, only this time with the Zuma franchise. Zuma Blitz transforms the marble slinging series into a series of short, addictive bursts that will soon become the enemy of all your free time.
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.
Grand Ice Mammoth - Alliance
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 9.
Rusted Proto-Drake
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 27.
WoW: Thoughts on the Pandaren
Is the new panda-inspired playable race in WoW to childish and cute for the game? Read on for my thoughts on the subject.
Mines of Moria 2
Screenshots of the MMORPG Lord of the Rings Online. Page 2.
Sandstone Drake
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 9.
Traveler's Tundra Mammoth - Horde
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 8.
Grey Riding Camel
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 22.
Top 4 Massively Multiplayer Online Action Games
Some massively multiplayer games focus on fast-paced action and historical simulation rather than roleplaying. These titles tend to blend a small amount of roleplaying with an ample amount of FPS and simulation style combat in large online play areas with hundereds of players.
Pheonix Mount
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 14.
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.
Dark Phoenix
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 13.
Web Games and Text-based Games 101
Casual board, card, arcade, and puzzle games have become extremely popular on the Internet. Many text-based games are also now playable in any major Web browser. Most of these games are easy to learn and don't require the latest computer hardware.
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault
The latest addition to the popular Medal of Honor series takes the first-person action into the Pacific theater of operations. Fierce infantry combat is a given in a title like this, but how does it measure up to all the other military shooters out there? Here's my take on multiplayer Pacific Assault.
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.
Free Realms Review (PC)
Today's youngsters probably spend as much time with a game console or computer as they do with a television, so it's little wonder that we're starting to see quite a few online worlds aimed at kids and teens. ToonTown Online, Club Penguin, and Wizard101 are just a few examples, and SOE recently decided to add to the fun by releasing Free Realms. Here's a closer look.
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.
Flying Machine
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 31.
Tawny Windrider
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 17.
StarCraft 2 Preview
A sequel to StarCraft, perhaps the most highly-regarded multiplayer RTS game of all time, is no small event. It's hard to understate the impact that StarCraft had on the genre, or the dedication of the incredible cult following that has grown around the game in the decade since its release, especially in Korea. Here we are some 12 years after the original game launched, and StarCraft 2 is undergoing multiplayer beta testing. These are my first impressions of Blizzard's latest RTS game.
Albino Drake Mount
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 21.
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.
Top PC Game Accessories
Peripherals, gizmos, gadgets and accessories for video gamers, including game controllers and 3D glasses.
World of Warplanes Beta Impressions
A preview of the multiplayer online game World of Warplanes from Wargaming.
Diner Dash 5: BOOM! Review (PC/Mac)
Poor Flo. As if almost single handedly running a restaurant by herself wasn't enough, the star of the Diner Dash series has run into a snag in her latest outing: her restaurant blew up. But that doesn't stop Flo, who decides that the best thing to do is continue to serve customers anyways, wherever they happen to be. This twist helps differentiate Diner Dash 5: BOOM! from the rest of the series, while still maintaining the intense, fast-paced action that's made the series such a hit.
DKP - dragon kill points
Internet Games Glossary - DKP - dragon kill points
BattleForge 1
Screenshots of BattleForge, an online card-based RTS game from EA Phenomic. Page 7.
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.
Purple Wings
Screenshots of the online game Aion: Tower of Eternity. Page 18.
spawn - respawn
Internet Games Glossary - spawn - respawn
World of Warcraft: Learning to Use Keybinds
Keybinds can greatly improve your World of Warcraft gameplay. Here is some quick advice on how keybinds can help and how to get started using them.
Roleplaying and Massively Multiplayer Games 101
One of the most remarkable trends in online gaming in recent years is the rise in popularity of highly graphical 3D roleplaying games. Some roleplaying games are ideally suited to small groups of players who want exclusive encounters, while others feature large persistent online worlds with hundreds of players running around. If you're new to playing online RPGs, these basics may help.
All Points Bulletin Review (PC)
No levels, no stats, no sticky targetting, no armor, and no hotbar. It's all about you, your wheels, hostile city streets, and steady aim. If it sounds like an action game rather than a typical MMOG, that's because it is. As a straight-up third-person shooter, All Points Bulletin is a rare bird in the realm of persistent world games. Part Grand Theft Auto, the game puts players in the roles of both the robbers and the cops, and lets the high-speed chases sort themselves out.
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.
RTS - real-time strategy
Internet Games Glossary - RTS - real-time strategy
World of Warcraft Outland Maps
Maps of the Outland from the World of Warcraft Burning Crusade expansion.
Flying Carpet
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 29.
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.
Kuma\War Review
A lot of first-person shooters take you back to World War II or Vietnam, but Kuma\War immerses you in the very conflicts that have been making recent headlines. Every month they release several new missions for the game based on current events. Can it measure up to the plethora of military shooters out there?
Striped Frostsaber Mount
Screenshots of World of Warcraft racial mounts. Page 15.
Cobalt Riding Talbuk
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 4.
Swift Windrider (Purple)
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 18.
Swift White Hawkstrider
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 16.
WoW: Mists of Pandaria First Impressions
Mists of Pandaria is the latest expansion for World of Warcraft, increasing the level cap to 90 and adding a new race and class to the game, among other things. Here are my first impressions of the game's fourth expansion.
Top Casual Mac App Store Games
Mac owners have long had it pretty rough when it comes to gaming. And while PCs still boast a much bigger library of titles to play, slowly but surely Macs are catching up. Especially when it comes to casual games. The newly launched Mac App Store features plenty of great games that are short, sweet, and easy to pick up and play. Here are some of our favorites.
BattleForge 4
Screenshots of BattleForge, an online card-based RTS game from EA Phenomic. Page 10.
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.
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 to 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.
Black War Bear - Horde
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 2.
Raptor Mount (Emerald)
Screenshots of World of Warcraft racial mounts. Page 17.
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.
Black War Bear - Alliance
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts.
Horse Mount (Chestnut)
Screenshots of World of Warcraft racial mounts. Page 7.
Venomhide Ravasaur
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 15.
Turbo-Charged Flying Machine
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 32.
Battlefield 3 Screenshots
Screenshots of the online shooter Battlefield 3.
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.
Game Review Scores and Metacritic
We've all seen game review scores we don't agree with, and a lot of people have come to believe that reviews use scores to drive the average at Metacritic one way or the other. Are review scores still meaningful in this day and age?
Guild Wars Review
Guild Wars is an online RPG with a difference. You get an epic adventure akin to those of single-player classics and highly-competitive team PvP battles right out of the box, with no monthly fees. If you want quick action in an immersive world without the huge time commitment, this may be the game you've been looking for.
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