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What Games are You Addicted To? 153

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Anonymous Coward from Gamers Anonymous asks: "Recently I have found myself highly addicted to Freecell, as I cannot go near a computer without just playing a quick game or two, I even have one going at the moment. In the past I have also had problems with Minesweeper and Tetris, both of which I overcame when I had to delete them around exam time. Is there anyone else out there with this problem, I can imagine it would be quite common. What are the most addictive games out there? Is there a support group?" I don't know about PC games, but I've been playing an awful lot of Frequency on the PS2. I just can't seem to help myself even though the game can be frustrating as hell at times. Anyone else have a game that, once under the skin, you can't get enough of it?
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What Games are You Addicted To?

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  • I find Quake III Arena very fun at times.

    Its a great way to pass hours of otherwise boring time.

    And who doesnt like to blow away a few people to relieve some stress and continue with your day.

    • by extra88 (1003)
      Urban Terror [urbanterror.net] is a "realistic" total conversion of Quake III. I haven't played Counter Strike but my impression is UT (not to be confused with Unreal Tournement) has less deadly weapons and more movement and action. It helps to have a hotshot on your team but if one team works their radios and really plays like a team, they WILL come out on top.

      I used to play a ton of Q3 then after I tried UT I totally switched to it completely. UT definitely sets me more on edge than Q3. It's an extremely well done mod and its fans are desperately waiting for 2.4 which is coming Real Soon Now to provide a variety of improvements and enhancements. Don't wait for 2.4 to try it, it's ready to play NOW.

  • by Anonymous Coward
    elite.

    I used to go home from school at lunch time to play for 20 minutes.
  • I know many may disagree with me here, but EverQuest can still be pretty fun as of lately.

    Verant has recently started shaping up, and making the game alot more like what it should and could be.

  • Make sure you are running on Win2K with a Geforce2 and SoundBlaster. Then start up CS, and try to play for more than 10 minutes without crashing. After 2 weeks of this you will never feel the need again.....
    • Damn straight. I run Win2k with a Radeon and a SB, and although CS never crashes, I'm sure that's because it's running too slowly to even get to that point. I mean, I upgraded my Voodoo2(!!) to play CS, and as soon as I threw Win2k on, I might as well go back to the system I had before the voodoo.
  • by questionlp (58365)
    For me, the games that I'm addicted to are Final Fantasy VI (or III in the US) and X... but my addiction are beyond just the game but to the music. Although FF6 is fairly old, but the story line, the twist and turns, and the depth of the game (i.e.: the opera) are what make me cling on to the game. While on the music tangent, I'm also addicted to the Final Fantasy VIII soundtrack.
    • i'm currently addicted to Final Fantasy X. there is something mind numbing about trying to increase your AP's, by fighting the same monsters a thousand times. everyone else in the family hates it, so i have to play it when everyone is sleeping. makes work the next day difficult. my wife HATES the music. my son ( 2 1/2 yrs) loves when bahaumut shows up. i'm not not very good with the racer games, and the shooters are banned by my wife, so it's a good thing that i love this game.
  • I still dig this game in a big way. It's still the only game I play where I literally and completely lose track of time. It's very hard to put it down and just get some damn sleep.
    • same here.

      There is nothing like wasting a complete Sunday for a game of Alpha Centauri. The only problem is that it is hard to find somebody with the same amount of time on his hands to do a multiplayer game.

      Dirk

  • by ASCIIMan (47627)
    no, not Super Mario Brothers (although I was at one time...) rather, SUPER MONKEY BALL!!! I've currently beaten the Basic, Basic Extra, Advanced, and Expert levels, but I don't think I'll be able to kick the addiction until I at least beat Advanced Extra and Expert Extra, maybe even Master. (Hopefully I won't then have to move on to the mini games)
    • Re:SMB (Score:3, Funny)

      by epsalon (518482)
      Yeah, me too!
      Can't get enough of browsing all those open shares in our internal network... :)
    • by dimator (71399)
      Master? I didn't know SMB had that, how do you unlock it? (I've gotten AD extra, I'm working on EX extra.)
      • Beat Expert and Expert Extra in without continues. (You get Expert Extra by going through Expert without continues.)
    • Speaking of Super Mario Bros, back in the day (2-3 years ago) I found an interesting NES Rom: Afro-Mario -- regular Mario but with a large Elvis-like Afro.. that was fun.......
      • If you want something really crazy, try Somari [classicgaming.com] - Sonic the Hedgehog with characters from Super Mario Brothers on the NES.
  • Grand Theft Auto 3 (Score:2, Interesting)

    by topside420 (530370)
    Who could resist a game that has completely been banned in Australlia.

    What other game does this:
    Ride around find a hooker. Stop, and let her in. Drive to a secluted spot and when ya stop for a little bit, the car starts bouncing up and down. You look at your money...and the money is going down, but the health is going up, hehe.

    Then, if you didn't feel like wasting that money, when the chick gets out the car, you can run her over then pick the money up off the ground.

    You can also run over cops, get all sorts of guns and blow em up. You can shoot the helicopters down, and get tanks on ya.

    Not to mention, steal someones car and go listen to the talk radio stations on the radio.

  • Addiction (Score:2, Funny)

    by Metrollica (552191)
    Does Slashdot count?
    • Well, some games you play for kills, some for points, still others you play for "money".
      Slashdot you play for karma, so yup, sounds like a game. First one to 51 wins!

  • Just see my sig.
  • I'd say... (Score:1, Offtopic)

    by epsalon (518482)
    CowboyNeal!

    What do you mean this is not a poll?
    No CowboyNeal option? Can't be!

    SlashDot: The addiction.
  • by Anonymous Coward
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    --sdem

  • Text adventure games are my weakness. Zork, HHGTTG, and anything else made by Infocom (hard to find binaries for some of them now), plus nethack, adventure (xyzzy!) and rogue. The games may be outdated by today's standards, but I still can't put them down.

    now what do I do with this parrot?
  • UT does it for me. Since I'm in a clan, I have to play, but I don't go a day without playing a few hours. Yeah, its probably bad, but oh well, I'm having fun. It's a fun way to waste 30 minutes during a football halftime show. :)

    -Vic
    • Me Too. I am so addicted, that I trade sleep for "UT time."

      Soon my wife will divorce me, and I will probably loose my house, but if I can score a geforce 3 and play UT2, i'll be ok.
    • I agree UT is one those games that kills brain cells scores at a time. Gimme a server running Fatboy Instagib, and I'll sit there for hours. But I'll drop it for FVF Quake everytime.
  • Bejewelled (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Howie (4244) <howie&thingy,com> on Sunday February 03, 2002 @09:24PM (#2948416) Homepage Journal
    After it was mentioned a couple of times on Penny Arcade [penny-arcade.com], I got into Bejewelled [popcap.com], first the Java version [popcap.com], and then the Windows one on my laptop. It has the same sort of evil 'one more go' deal that tetris and freecell have.

    Other things that have had the same effect for shorter periods are: SSX, Wipeout (all three), Cannon Fodder, Mr Do!
    • Re:Bejewelled (Score:2, Informative)

      by elfkicker (162256)
      It's a great game. My girlfriend is actually waiting for me to get off the computer right now so she can play it. Excite's game pages feature it and they have some other good ones. Try Bounce Out [excite.com] for a similiar game but a bit harder due to the layout.

      All my friends are currently killing brain cells to Frequency at the moment. I-Qube is a personal favorite for the PS1.
  • The most addictive game in the world is Civilization. I have played and mastered every verstion and mutation of this game but it never ends. You can play one on a 286 with 640k ram and there are free linux versions, but theres no support group to how to end this addiction. I'm sure such a support group would be in the thousands if not tens of thousands. Civilization clearly beats Tetris, minesweeper and anything else I have been addicted to.
    • If you want to do it by yourself, all you have to do is turn on the computer
      Make your strategic moves in the beginning but always remember the end-game is what's really important
      Even though you might be on top right now, you might end up on bottom
      Talk doesn't cut it; you have to bring the goods to the table
      You've been late for work/school/appointments because of it
      If you have enough money it will compensate for your other flaws
      When you're done, you can't wait to do it again
    • Oh, gawd... This is the only game that I continue to play even after getting burnt out on it. After avoiding it for a whole month, in a moment of weakness, I fired up a new game on Friday. Well, that's all she wrote--the whole weekend pissed away telling endless workers to BUILD ROADS, MINES, RAILROADS... Wiping the Chinese from my continent... exploring the world with creaky triremes... Diplomacy... Goodie huts... barbarians... ARGGHH!!!

      Just writing about it is making me look at the clock in anticipation for the minute I can run home and finish the game. Man, I need a life!
    • I'm addicted to Civ2. Back in my single days, I'd play for a weekend without much sleep. I'm married now, and the addiction is mostly dormant. I still play a game here and there, and I'm sucked into it as always. I recently found out about the "One City Challenge" (see the Civ2 FAQ), which triggered another bout of addiction. :-)
  • by Spoing (152917)
    Sid Meier's Alpha Centuri is worthy of it's acronym.
  • Starcraft (Score:2, Informative)

    by damiam (409504)
    Starcraft and Brood War. Two of the best games ever made.
  • Here's a different question. What is it that makes an addictive game addictive?
  • It started with the Infocom games. Zork and Leather Goddesses of Phobos. Then Civilization--I would come home and play that for hours on end. Then I discovered WarCraft II which was wonderful. Then Age of Empires. Then I discovered mudding. That was like 5 years ago. I've been mudding ever since.

    Most of the games I became addicted to had a timeless quality to them but had different aspects I got addicted to.

    In the case of Zork and Leather Goddesses of Phobos, they were well thought out puzzle games.

    In the case of WarCraft II and Age of Empires, it was the network play that was addicting--my roommates and I would play until the wee hours of the morning.

    In the case of mudding--it's the immersive world. I know people there and I'm familiar with the places, and I can log in from wherever. I even got into writing my own mudclient and started a few mudserver projects. The problem domains involved in mudding and mud-building are just fascinating.
  • Half-Life is the most addicting game I've ever played. The mod's to it are what make it so great. Counter Strike, Team Fortress Classic and Opposing Force are especially fun mods.
  • Counter-Strike! (Score:3, Informative)

    by FreakyGeeky (23009) on Sunday February 03, 2002 @10:39PM (#2948663)
    Counter-Strike (www.counter-strike.net [counter-strike.net]) has used more hours of my life than any other game. It's about three years old, and is regularly updated. There isn't a game around I've played for three year's time. It's free (as in beer) and only requires that you own a copy of Half-Life (www.half-life.sierra.com [sierra.com]) wich currently runs about $30. Running a Counter-Strike Guild (www.dohguild.com) doesn't help much either!
  • by PoiBoy (525770)
    Xboing. Without a doubt. I can't count the number of hours I've wasted away playing that fricking game.
  • I Will find my self saying, while I am writing a report, Lets just play a quick round of SteamCS or TFC or DoD or Firearms or something just to take a break, and then I Realize that it's midnight, i've just been playing for 4 hours, and my report is due in the morning. It's a Constant thing. Then there was Deus Ex. I Almost failed several classes because of Deus Ex. I Would come home, play, Sleep, go to class the next day Empty handed. Deus Ex Singleplayer was the most addictive thing I have played.
  • One of the most addictive games for me is Gran Turismo 3, that game will affect my driving in real life, "I can make this turn better if i bounce off that domino's truck in front of me. Wiat a minute!!!" ::tires squeal::
  • Return to Castle Wolfenstien is the only game I play. I wouldn't even call that an addiction. I've never been a big fan of games.
  • by Pierre (6251)
    A lab patner turned me onto it (like heroin) eight or nine years ago. Every so often I decide to play a quick game which ends hours later...

    At my peak I played every day... I wonder why my masters took so long hmm....
  • by brianc (11901)
    Gyruss [io.com] is the most addictive for me.
    One of the best soundtracks to any of the old
    80's arcade games!

    These days, I'm playing it thanks to MAME [mame.net] and XMAME [mame.net]
  • 'nuff said !
  • Quake 3, with the Urban Terror [urbanterror.net] total conversion. Very realistic, very fun and addictive. I love the way the maps look like everyday places, and the characters look very human. And the real guns.

    Roller Coaster Tycoon [rollercoastertycoon.com]. This sim-style game where you build a theme park and design your own coasters is probably the most addictive game I've ever played. Hours go by without me even realizing it. Lots of fun.
  • in no particular order...

    joust
    pole position
    tempest
    ms pac man
    dig dug
    robotron 2084
    galaga

    some people smoke crack. I fire up mame. ;-)
  • Dating (Score:5, Funny)

    by CMiYC (6473) on Monday February 04, 2002 @12:56AM (#2949059) Homepage
    I'm addicted to playing the dating game. I don't know why. It never seems to work out.
    • I'm addicted to that one too. I've learned a great deal about rejection :) On the VIDEO game side of things tho, Grand Theft Auto 3 is my drug of choice. And the hooker usage in the game helps a little with my lack of love life :)
  • http://www.chroniclogic.com produces a game called Pontifex, in which you construct bridges in full 3D glory. In order to progress to the next bridge, a train must be able to successfully pass over the bridge. Very entertaining and addicting game, at least for me. Once you finish it, go back and try to make your bridges cheaper.

    A few other good ones on the same puzzle theme are The Incredible Machine series of games...if you like Rube Goldberg contraptions, you'll love these games.
  • I've found Diablo II to be quite addictive. I play it for a couple of months, drop it another couple, then pick it back up. Unreal Tournament is fun as hell to play with friends, especially the CTF and Assault modes for it. EverCrack consumed more of my time than any other game in history. Final Fantasy X definately deserves a mention, as I spent hours trying to get every character incredibly powerful. And finally, Grand Theft Auto 3 is just plain fun. Who wouldn't enjoy a game in which you can pick up whores, steal police cars, jump ramps, run jobs for the mob, etc?
  • Those are definitely the games that consume the bulk of my time right now. Q3A at the end of the day when I need to blow something up, but during the day a quick game of glTron (or twenty...games of glTron are short) or Klines every hour or so keeps me sane. Well, sane-ish, anyway...
  • I just spent a 4 day weekend playing endless UT. I just wrote an interview that I was supposed to conduct to a real person, not give a mock interveiw(quering google). I have 3 weeks to learn a whole lotta shit(USAD), and I still have a kick-ass speaker setup that needs to be setup and some hardware mods i wanna do. I still wanna play UT though. Are there support groups that can help me?????
  • NetHack. 1/3 of may life in the last 2 weeks has been devoted to NetHack. I've figure out how to cheat (by copying away my saved game files) and I'm finally going on a quest. I'm a l00ser.
  • I'm another Freecell addict. I like to sit and stare at a new game for about 20 minutes, solve it in a flurry of action the next minute.

    Descent 3 is always good. My rank seems to be going down despite the fact that I seem to be doing better. Go figure.

    Finally, my Nethack addiction seems to be tapering off, since I fought my way right to the tower of the Wizard of Yendor, and found myself terribly short of resources. I haven't had the heart to go and play that charactor to the bitter end.
  • But when Ultima Online came out, I found myself spending a bare minimum of 8 hours a day playing it, more if I could manage it. I had to quit cold turkey 6 months after starting because the pathetic excuse for my life was starting to suffer as a results.

    I played starcraft for a bit, but the most I could play it was 2-3 hours a day before getting bored with it. Now, I get my gaming in 15 minute spurts and go on with my life.

    Subspace, Halflife, sometimes a little starcraft, and doom 2. Thats all I really mess around with anymore.

    -Restil
  • My current addictions are:

    • Grand Theft Auto III [rockstargames.com] for PS2 [playstation2.com]
      Combining racing, shooting, dark humor and wonton viloence in one game. Plus, you get to be the bad guy for once :).
    • Tekken Tag Tournament [tekkentagtournament.com] for PS2 [playstation2.com]
      Practice at home to play Tekken 4 [namcoarcade.com] in arcades and provide maximum pain to my adversaries.
    • Final Fantasy X [squaresoft.com] for PS2 [playstation2.com]
      Ooooo... pretty...
    • Yahoo! Eucher [yahoo.com]
      No one else in my family plays, so I play with complete strangers.
    • Unreal Tournament [unrealtournament.com] on PC
      Team Deathmatch and Domination with 3+ teams is good. Mods like Jailbreak [planetjailbreak.com] and FragBall [planetunreal.com] are also highly time-consuming.
    • Diamond Mine [shockwave.com]
      Great little Shockwave game. I play this constantly at work :)

    Wow, looking at the list, it's amazing that I'm bored all the time...

  • by 32xts (163190)
    Rez is beautiful, both visually and sonically.
  • by mfarah (231411) <miguel@farahCOFFEE.cl minus caffeine> on Monday February 04, 2002 @08:15AM (#2949761) Homepage
    I can't believe no one has mentioned Freeciv [freeciv.org] yet.



    Freeciv is a Civ/Civ2 clone, released under the GPL, running on Linux (also Windoze, and a lot of other operating systems). It plays just like Civ/Civ2, with only very minor differences in gameplay, and with a huge one: the interface is much superior to that of Civ2, so you don't end up frustrated and bored by it.



    I can't recommend this game enough.

  • go (Score:2, Interesting)

    by bjpirt (251795)
    although i have spent extended periods of time being addicted to computer games (doom and Quake 3 particularly), my recent addiction is the game 'go'
    played in high resolution real 3d space (with little black and white counters on a grid board). This game is utterly addictive and one of the interesting things about it is that, although it follows a very simple set of rules, no program has ever been created that could beat a vaguely good go player. (unlike chess :-)

    Not that there hasn't been any incentive either, a Taiwanese businessman wagered $1,000,000 that noone could build a go program that could beat a professional go player.

    I suggest not trying this game, as it is far too addictive :-)
  • When THPS2 was first released, I could'nt get enough of it, to the point where it got rediculous. Never mind the fact that I have been a sucker for skateboard games since I played Skate or Die on my C64!

    Great sound track, and decent graphics too. Part 3 is being released on PC next month. Damn, no sleep for me.
  • Tetrinet is a multiplayer version of tetris. You get special blocks, can attack other players, all the usual plus more! I find it very addictive, and often go on for a game but stay on for 2 hours. [tetrinet.org]

    As a bonus, there is a GTK client gtetrinet [sourceforge.net] and also a commandline one (needs 80x50 though, so either console framebuffer or SVGAConsole is needed), so I can happilly play away the hours from linux :)

    • Umm, wtf? Why did the first </a> suddenly jump into the second paragraph like that? And why the hell did it display fine in preview? Something odd going on here...

  • I still have bad dreams to this day. The blood, the BLOOD man, that's all I see night after night. I would play Counter-Strike every night, staying up late, getting to work late, ignoring my wife. I finally uninstalled Counter-Strike, Half-Life, and all the mods. I went cold turkey about over a week ago, but I still have the chills. Only time will tell when I've been cured.
  • Nethack, nethack, nethack.

    It has gotten so bad that I've started posting my SDs to the newsgroup. I've tried savescumming, I've nearly cried when my super-duper level 24 samurai was killed by disease in Hell, I've hacked the source code to give my wizards a +6 quarterstaff and Cloak of MR. Every day I tell myself, "I'm not going to play today". And every day I fire up those little ASCII characters for my fix. It's not NetHack, it's NetCrack. And I love it.

    - shane.

  • I had an after-school job in a sandwich shop/pinball arcade back in the 70's. I still remember the amazing line-ups to play Space Invaders, unfortunatley/fortunately I never relly became a big fan of shoot-em ups. My tastes ran a liitle more towards the strategy genre.

    So in order of addiction,

    1) Nethack mostly for nostalgia. I still fondly remember playing "Collosal Cave" on a 370 running MVS.

    2) Civ. WOW what a game. Unfortunately, the time commitment is a little heavy. You just can't play for 15 minutes at a time.

    3) Xboing. Pure mindless escapism, who can ask for more.
  • Agendaroids on the Agenda VR3d and Bomberman on the Turbo Duo.
  • Right now its a combination of the old NES games Bubble Bobble and some Yoshi game where you eliminate things in pairs. Previously it was spider solitaire, trying to solve the games in the least number of moves possible.
  • I would be playing it right now, but it looks like my cd was swiped! grrr, if only I had my OICW or MP5 then they'd regret taking my cd. :)
  • ... to me, that is, remains Robotron 2084. The fact that I can still play it now on a reasonable PC, losing none of the speed and insanity of the original, is just marvelous to me. When I first discovered MAME and its variants I think I played Robotron every day for something like 6 months. I've never tired of it.

    Anyway. I also enjoyed Deus Ex, SimCity3000 [the fact that I don't have to reboot into Windows is a relief], as well as all the Myst games out. Just my 2c.

    • That *was* my addiction. When Robotron 2084 came out, I spent hours at a local deli playing it. I knew I hit gold when I rolled the wave number from 256 to 1 and started over again. I could play for hours on a single quarter (much to the shopkeeper's chagrin...)
  • I'm completely and totally addicted to Warhammer 40k [games-workshop.com]. I own several armies (Orks, Feral Orks, Imperial Guard, Imperial Guard Armoured Company, Imperial Fists, Worldeaters), will be judging a Rogue Trader tournament in March, and am president of a local club.

    Throw in the all night Counter Strike sessions and is it any wonder I'm getting divorced? ;)

  • I hear a lot of people are addicted to Yahoo! Games [yahoo.com]. Your basic collection of games, and always another player (or players) to go against. It has been years since I played Spades in college. Nice to see I've still got the nack for it.

    Typically, my attraction to a game will build to a peak then quickly drop off. Few games really can build a long-term addiction, at least for me.
  • While I've never been addicted to it, I've seen several people here at the helpdesk get addicted to the little arcade space shooter known as xkobo. The addiction only ends when they pass level 50.

    tarball here [ibiblio.org]
  • tetris for sure.

    even better is bust-a-move 2 & 4 [its name for the PS1] (also known as puzzle bobble or bubble bobble in the arcade standup versions)
  • Phantasy Star online for the Dreamcast (and soon the NIntendo Gamecube, PC and Xbox!) is totally addictive if you like RPGs. So far i've played about 150 hours and still I'm yearning for ultimate mode...
  • I also wasted hours and hours of time playing FreeCell as well. The only way I ever got away from it was to install Linux... :-) Then I discover kpatience, which plays not only FreeCell, but *lots* of other versions of Solitare as well, most of them even more addictive.

  • I played Phantasy Star [phantasy-star.net] on the Sega Master System back in the late 80s. It was, and still is one of the best RPGs ever. I played during the summer of '88 for 14 days straight, 20 hours a day.

    That's right, only 4 hours a day for food, sleep and toilet breaks.

    I finished the damn game, killing Lassic and Darkfalz and I hadn't even reached full levels on Myau, Odin and Noah when I did it.

    I still play the game once in a while using a SMS emulator. The music, graphics and story line bring me back to that summer everytime I play it...
  • Next to the Civ series, Total Annihilation [totalannihilation.com] has got to be my all time single most addicting game. First it was single player in campaign mode. Then multi on LAN @ work. Jeez, how much time did I spend "working overtime" in the summer of '99? Now it's back to single player with my home brewed gargantuan metal maps. To bad kingdoms sucked. I played fours yesterday alone.
  • A friend loaned me a copy of Chrono Trigger (he doesn't have a SNES), and I've been playing the hell out of it. When I'm not playing, the music is stuck in my head..../me hums Robo's Theme....must destroy Lavos!!!
  • I can't stop playing. It's like tetris for smart people.

    I played in the arcade and decided I MUST have a version to play at home, so I got BoycottAdvance (decent GBA emulator) and the Japanese ROM for Mr. Driller 2, and now every time I sit down to do some "work", I end up 980 feet underground with no oxygen, on my last life.
  • Its a mod for Unreal Tournament that Ive played for 2years now.

    They are going commercial though so I dont know how long it will stay my fav
  • It's always the simple games that are the most addictive.
    Tetris, minesweeper etc. etc.
    I my self am total hooked on Sega Swirl [segaswirl.com] The worst thing about that game is the fact that is't avialable for so many platforms...
  • When I got my Dreamcast the first game I wanted was Gauntlet Legends. When I first downloaded some Gameboy and MAME ROMs (*Bad Llama*) I downloaded Gauntlet. When I picked up a huge collection of C64 stuff last weekend the first games I got running were the two Gauntlet titles I found in there.

    Gauntlet is possibly the only single and multiplayer party-type game that's just as fun with one person as it is with more.

    Mind you, I'm quite enjoying Crazy Taxi at the moment, so I did also find and power up Space Taxi from the C64 collection, just to see...

  • Here are some quick games I enjoy: Try them, maybe you'll like them too.
  • MAME rocks

    Haven't found any newer games that are that addicting.

    There's always Evercrack
  • Sorry for shouting, but this is without a doubt the most addictive game I have come across. It combines strategy and tactics, without bogging down in the intricacies of supply etc of the more serious games. I can quite happily sit down and play this game until my hand has gone numb and the wife is set to walk out the door. I have deleted it several times, broken the CD and sworn I would not touch it again. What a game, it's fantastic. Could not recommend it highly enough.
  • 4 years ago, at the height of my addiction, I played it with real cards, every day, making decks at school and testing them in the local club afterwards. It took too much money, when I revealed apprentice and e-league [e-league.com]. I've been playing on and off since then. It's such a programmer's game- I really love it.
  • really /.'ers -- for sheer addictive effect, nothing can beat EQ or anyone other MMORPG which has persistance.
  • I'm addicted to Microprose's Risk II. It's the classic board game of Risk, with pretty good computer AI. There are extensions, in the sense of Risk variants that are different from the classic board game. Despite the fact that the computer cheats -- my roommate has a screen shot capture of it doing an illegal move -- it's still an amazingly addictive game.
  • TEQ [playteq.com] is an incredibly addictive real time strategy game. Go ahead and try it out, I've had quite a few people look at it and go, "This is the stupidest thing I've ever seen!" and one week later complaining about market fluctuations, bragging about kills, talking gossip about top teams & players, etc. It's all played over the web so as long as you have a decent browser, you're good to go.
  • It takes up way too much of my life. I got intrigued by it when I found out it was a FPS that required teamwork to accomplish a goal (i.e. capture the flag). I left FPS's back at Duke Nukem 3D because they frankly got boring. The "twitch" effect and shoot everything that moves. I gravitated more toward RTS games like Red Alert, C&C and Age of Kings.

    In Tribes2 I found great elements of skill required by individuals to be able to execute tactics, yet elements of RTS for a complete team strategy.
  • Panzer General II, originally published by SSI. Get your copy off the discount rack today before they disappear! This is by far the best computer game I have ever played since I started wasting my time with same in 1978.

    sPh

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