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Top Online Very Addictive Games Free Sites

Updated on January 22, 2013

Resource Center for BEST FREE online games!

There is no doubt the popularity of online games, and they are very addictive. This lens brings together some of the top free addictive online games sites.  I believe that you will find this site very helpful, and I hope you will bookmark it.  As I get time and more information on the best online gaming sites, I will update it.

Most of these games are superbly entertaining, and you may want to check out or use all ten sites. Tell me what you think. If the reader has other favorite free gaming sites, he/she is invited to add it our list.

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History of Online Games!

 Online Games - The Evolution
by: Susie Symonds

Now we see thousands of people playing online games such as tetris, ping pong, mario bros, super mario etc for free but despite its history dating back to 1970s, for most people online gaming began with the explosion of Internet in 1993 and with the advent of Doom and Warcraft sometime in 1994 or 1995. This got further boost with publishers starting to add Internet connectivity to computer games in 1994-95.

The media, in fact, have themselves been ignorant about online games history. As far as they are concerned, online gaming just coincidentally happened when their advertisers started producing Internet-capable games. But it isn't so…

Early Years of development

In early 1950's a college student created a game much like Tic-Tac-Toe for a class project to be played on dinosaur computers of those days complete with cathode ray tubes for the screen display. The 1960's had MIT students programming a game called "Space war" that could be played with two people over a primitive network. The late 1960's brought the first "real" video games like table tennis and shooter games.

The 70s - the game begins

Serious online gaming began with the first interactive online game called ADVENT. In fact networked gaming got conceptualized with ADVENT. Networked gaming had users playing against each other within an online fantasy world. The first networked game was called Mazewar, a game which involved networked players traveling through a maze and attempting to kill one another.

Next came the interpersonal interaction in a multi-player environment. The first such game was called DUNGEN. DUNGEN had players competing against one another to complete a series of quests. DUNGEN provided with new settings and players each time the user logged on.

The late 1970's saw the start of video game craze with more and more households getting computer savvy. As a natural corollary, people started writing their own games for the home computers. These programming hobbyists traded and sold these home-grown games in local markets.

Other changes in the 1970's were home gaming consoles which used game cartridges. That meant the people could collect games cartridges for one base unit instead of having bulky game console systems.

The 80s - some pause before the storm

1980's saw growing craze for the video and computer game craze, but online gaming wasn't on the horizon yet. New games with better sound and graphics were introduced and gained popularity. Pole Position and Pac-man were two that achieved big popularity. It was during 1980's when Nintendo introduced its first gaming system.

The 90s - revolution begins

The 1990's saw the phenomenal growth in both popularity and technology mostly because of the rise of 3-D and multimedia.

Myst, the intellectual adventure game introduced gaming on the CD-ROM format. Fancier 3-D graphics hardware made FPS (first person shooter) games such as Quake possible.

The late 1990's saw the exponential growth of the Internet, MUDs (multi-user dungeons) which made online games wildly popular. New and improved graphical interfaces had people all over the world playing against each other not only in FPS games but also in real time strategy games (RTS games) as well as third person games like Grand Theft Auto.

This was also the period when websites started offering online games such as tetris, ping pong, mario bros, super Mario, and other free online flash games and non-flash based games free for playing after registering with them. This really pushed online gaming into the popular psyche.

The 21st Century - world is just a playground

Early years of the 21st century were dominated by the DVD-CD-ROM. It has changed the way online games are played. The latest gaming systems such as Sony's play station and Microsoft's X-box have networking capabilities to enable people play with each other in real time from all over the world. Exponentially growing broadband internet services have made playing these online games possible in true sense of the word.

The only drawback to the constantly evolving technology for online games is that what you buy today might become obsolete by the next year. Luckily, for the serious gamers, the resale industry for these online games is huge. This resale industry is just another element to the ever-changing history of online game.

Susie is a game developer advocating to play online games free. Visit www.Play-Online-Games-Free.com to play tetris online for free.
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Man is a gaming animal. by Charles Lamb

Man is a gaming animal. He must always be trying to get the better in something or other.

What is an online game?

An online game is an entertainment played over some structure of computer network. This more or less always means the Internet or corresponding technology, but games have always used existing technology like modems before the Internet, like and hard wired terminals before modems. This development of online gaming has reflected the overall expansion of computer networks from small local networks to the Internet and the growth of the Internet entrée itself. Online games can vary from simple text based games to games using complex graphics, virtual worlds, and all kinds of problem solving feats. Players now play simultaneous in near real time. Many online games have associated internet communities, making online games a form of social activity beyond single player games. The rising popularity of Flash and Java led to an Internet revolution where websites could utilize streaming video, audio, and whole new virtual exchanges of user interactivity.

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      Barbara Isbill 4 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      @StefanoMichiele: Thanks much for the visit and comments!

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      StefanoMichiele 4 years ago

      Once you play games online plying offline just isn't the same anymore, not as fun and not as challenging!! good lens :)

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      You've got some great resources here. I also love online arcade games and so thank you for sharing these resources!

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Great lens with great games. I love these games and I agree with you; they are so addictive.

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      I used to waste a lot of time playing Mafia Wars and Frontier Ville on Facebook. Also stopped playing Age of Empires II sometime back. Nice resources for gamers though.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great list of free online gaming sites!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @javr: Same here!

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      The-West 7 years ago

      Everyone should really try the-West.net it's really fun! If you do play or start to begin to play it'd be a really good idea to view my guides, they will help you get started.

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      Liz Mackay 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I think I've finally broken free of Farmville on Facebook.

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      javr 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm a sucker for Tetris!

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      These look fun! I'm afraid to try them out though. : )

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      anonymous 7 years ago

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      anonymous 7 years ago

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