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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Multiplayer...
A breakdown of the new units added to StarCraft 2 multiplayer with the first expansion, Heart of the Swarm, as well as a look at some of the changes made to Battle.net.
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
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.
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.
DKP - dragon kill points
Internet Games Glossary - DKP - dragon kill points
Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures Screenshots
Screenshots of the online game Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures.
Wrath of the Lich King Reputation Guide
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Venomhide Ravasaur
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 15.
Rivendare's Deathcharger
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 14.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ultramarine Qiraji Battle Tank
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 21.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Raven Lord
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 17.
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.
RTS - real-time strategy
Internet Games Glossary - RTS - real-time strategy
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.
Wizard101 Review (PC)
Wizard101 is an online kids game with adult MMORPG features built around a unique card-based combat system. Learn about combat, mini-games and more here.
White Polar Bear
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 13.
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.
Fossilized Raptor
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 20.
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.
DOT - damage over time
Internet Games Glossary - DOT - damage over time
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.
Onyxian Drake
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 10.
Swift White Hawkstrider
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 16.
Grey Riding Camel
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 22.
Proto-Dragon (Blue)
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 24.
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.
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.
Lego Ninja
Screenshots of the online game Lego Universe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PK - player kill
Internet Games Glossary - PK - player kill
Pheonix Mount
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 14.
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.
Tortage
Screenshots of the online game Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures. Page 2.
aggro
Internet Games Glossary - aggro
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.
The Secret Plant Society Plants Guide
The Secret Plant Society, like many Facebook games, is all about growing things. But it doesn't take place on a farm. Instead, you'll be abe to create a blooming, beautiful greenhouse filled with all sorts of different flowers. And the key to finding new types of flowers is hybridization: the process of planting plants close to one another to create new kinds. Here's a guide to creating many of the plants available in the game.
Mechano Hog
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 19.
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.
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.
MMORPG - massively multiplayer online...
Internet Games Glossary - MMORPG - massively multiplayer online roleplaying game
Northrend Bear Mount - Alliance
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 11.
World of Warplanes Beta Impressions
A preview of the multiplayer online game World of Warplanes from Wargaming.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Black War Bear - Horde
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 2.
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.
Video Game Addiction: Real or Imagined?
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Internet Games Glossary
A glossary of commonly used game related words and acronyms.
Cobalt Riding Talbuk
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 4.
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?
Black War Bear - Alliance
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts.
Farm Frenzy: Gone Fishing Review (PC)
Visit Their Website Review Date: September 9, 2010 Developer: Alawar Melesta Publisher: Alawar Entertainment
Eve Online Review
Eve Online gives you a chance to build an empire in space and rise to the pinnacle of galactic domination. Almost 2 years old, the game continues to grow. The recent free Exodus expansion added a long list of new features, and shortly after its release Eve set records with over 12,000 concurrent players in a single online world.
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)
Grand Ice Mammoth - Horde
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 10.
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?
Top Casual Adventure Games
Point-and-click adventure games are one of the oldest and most beloved genres out there. They also helped influence and create one of the most popular types of casual games around: the hidden object game. But while HOGs may dominate the scene, there are still plenty of classic-style adventure games that are great for casual players. Here are some of the best.
griefer
Internet Games Glossary - griefer
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. Page 2.
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar
Tolkien's famous trilogy, which has served as inspiration for countless roleplaying games going back several decades, is now itself a MMORPG. Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar brings Middle-earth to life in an online world, which just received it's first major content patch as I finished this review. If you've ever longed to be a Hobbit on an Elf running around The Shire, you should take a closer look.
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King...
Screenshots of Wrath of the Lich King, the second expansion for World of Warcraft.
Aion Review (PC)
The market for fantasy MMORPGs has become quite crowded in recent years, with scores of free titles flowing out of Asia on top of a flurry of North American and European efforts. Some of these games garnered considerable interest at launch, but they haven't been able to turn that into ongoing success. Aion is NCsoft's lastest offering in this genre, building on their vast experience with earlier MMORPGs such as the Lineage series.
Swift Hawkstrider Mount
Screenshots of World of Warcraft racial mounts. Page 6.
frag
Internet Games Glossary - frag
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.
Azure Netherwing Drake
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 22.
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.
pwn - own
Internet Games Glossary - pwn - own
MechWarrior Online Beta Impressions
A preview of MechWarrior Online, an upcoming online mech shooter from Piranha Games.
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.
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.
Bloodbathed Frostbrood Vanquisher
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts.
Bronze Drake
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 20.
Grand Ice Mammoth - Alliance
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 9.
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.
Fight With a Mauler
Screenshots of the online game Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures.
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.
Age of Empires Online Review (PC)
A review of the free-to-play RTS game Age of Empires Online from Microsoft and Gas Powered Games.
Online Poker Basics
From seniors to college students, people are flooding into poker rooms, both online and offline, like never before. The recent poker craze owes a lot to the success of televised high-stakes tournaments like the World Series of Poker, and it has made Texas Hold 'Em one of the hottest games on the Internet. Here are some things you should know before trying your hand as an online card shark.
Inside Tortage
Screenshots of the online game Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures. Page 3.
Sandstone Drake
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 9.
World of Warcraft: Strand of the Ancients...
Strand of the Ancients was added to World of Warcraft with the release of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, and it is the first Battleground that features a seige scenario and vehicles. The mechanics of it can be a little confusing for beginners, so here are some pointers on how it works and which strategies are most effective.
Mines of Moria 2
Screenshots of the MMORPG Lord of the Rings Online. Page 2.
EverQuest 2 Review (PC)
Although the first EverQuest went a long way toward putting MMORPGs on the map, EverQuest 2 faced some serious competition when it launched. Since then there have been adventure packs, expansions, and an assortment of other significant changes, not least of which has been the addition of PvP servers. The prospect of an all-out war between Qeynos and Freeport was tempting enough to draw me in for a better look.
Uphill Rush 3 Review (Browser)
The Uphill Rush series is one of the web's preeminent time wasters, and the third entry is no different. Uphill Rush 3 features lots of crazy vehicles to pilot, a wide array of courses to speed across, and action that's both fast and exciting. In fact, if it weren't for the fidgety controls and wonky physics, this game would be almost perfect. But instead it ranges from exciting highs to frustrating lows on a regular basis.
WoW: Transmogrification Basics
World of Warcraft players can swap the appearances of items to attain a look that better suits their preferences. This is an introduction to the transmogrification feature that makes it all possible.
Dark Phoenix
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 13.
Cenarion War Hippogryph
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts. Page 23.
Mekgineer's Chopper
Screenshots of World of Warcraft mounts. Page 18.
Top PC Game Accessories
Peripherals, gizmos, gadgets and accessories for video gamers, including game controllers and 3D glasses.
World of Warcraft Flying Mount Screenshots
Screenshots of World of Warcraft flying mounts.
The War Hagglers
Screenshots of EverQuest 2. Internet Games. Page 15.
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.
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning Review (PC)
In light of the market domination that is World of Warcraft, it takes serious guts to release a MMORPG these days, let alone one that is tied to the Warhammer franchise, which inspired the Warcraft series many years ago. Orcs, Dwarves, and Elves abound in Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning's Order vs. Destruction conflict, so at first glance it may look like the same old /dance we've been doing in MMORPGs for ages. Or is it?
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.
Life After Steam - Using Valve's Game Content...
Information on Steam, a new game content delivery system and server browser developed by Valve Software.
Flutter Review (Facebook)
It's rare to find a Facebook game that doesn't fall into a pre-existing category. It's even more rare to find a game on the platform that's good. Flutter is both of these things, and also manages to squeeze in a positive environmental message and some of the best graphics to grace Facebook.
Mines of Moria 4
Screenshots of the MMORPG Lord of the Rings Online. Page 4.
New Arrival
Screenshots of Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach, an online roleplaying game based on traditional D&D from Turbine Entertainment.

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