Video Games

Are Video Games Art? - An article by Aaron Smuts discussing modern art and the role of video games within its definition.

Computer and Video Games Survey - Annual quantitative survey to describe gamers hardware, software and connectivity set-ups.

Game Config.co.uk - TCP and UDP port settings for popular online games for Windows, PlayStation 2, and Xbox.

Geelix - Social gaming service for sharing high definition gameplay experiences.

Genre and the Video Game - An analysis of genre categorization as applied to video games in contrast with books and film, with definitions and examples.

Open Site: Video Games - A volunteer-run encyclopedia categorized by genre. Includes information, review overviews, hints, release dates, and artwork.

PBS - The Video Game Revolution - Companion site to the PBS program, "The Video Game Revolution." Examines the evolution and history of the video game industry, from the 1950s through today, the impact of video games on society and culture, and the future of electronic gaming.

And Alice Played a Video Game - A study by Souvik Mukherjee of the relationship between children's fantasy adventure stories and interactive computer games of American McGee's Alice and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. (June, 2002)

Action

Adios, Amoebas - Kill a number of amoebas and advance to the next level.

Adveractive: Brunch in Manhattan - Protect the city by moving a soldier through the streets to shoot aliens in this online Shockwave game. Includes three rounds of play and a high score list.

Ai Pengo - Online Java game played by moving a penguin through a maze of ice blocks. Complete each level by pushing the blocks to squash all the monsters. Offers 36 levels and highscore list.

Alien Flashball 3D - Online ball game played in a virtual 3D room. Includes a highscore list and ability to play offline. Requires Flash 5 Plug-in.

Armadillo Cowboy Club - Try to hit five coyotes in sixty seconds using a lasso or a slingshot in this Flash-based game. Watch out for bystanders, hit three per round to lose.

Battlezone in 32 hrs - Coded by Bill Witts who wrote the original Atari-approved Quicksilva BattleZone game for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum back in 1983-84.

Bubble Struggle - Use a variety of weapons to shoot the bubbles before they hit the devil in this multi-level online game. Play available for one or two players. Includes high score list.

BubbleGame - Click the bubbles to earn points in this Flash-based game. The smaller and faster the bubbles the more points awarded.

Commando Arena - Flash-based topview combat game against minibots and androids.

Cops and Robbers - Move the red dot to avoid the blue dots in this online Flash game. Includes high score list.

The Curb Game - Try to get a hedgehog across the road without getting hit by a car. Game includes sound effects and a high score list. Requires Shockwave plugin.

Defend The LCP - Defend The London College of Printing. A flash 5 game by Andrew Kendall.

Donde vas Nicolas - A flash game relating to the December holiday.

Don's Dugout - Digging Java game. Dig your way underground to collect buried money bags. Use your bicycle pump to explode enemies.

Adventure

Adventure Classic Gaming - About classic adventure games and interactive fiction. Offers news, reviews, cheats, galleries, and a forum.

Adventure Games Hall of Fame, The - Adventure game spoilers, walkthroughs, tips, hints, solutions, pictures and reviews.

Adventure Games Home Page - Links to reviews, previews, walkthroughs, patches and saved games.

Adventureland - A categorized list of adventure games produced over the years, broken down by company. Also lists game systems, Interpreters and emulators.

Annual Interactive Fiction Competition, The - The free interactive fiction competition judged by readers of rec.arts.int-fiction.

Balrog, The - A homage to the Amstrad adventure scene.

Brass Lantern - News, articles, and interviews about adventure games, edited by Steven Granade.

Cyberpunk games - Site discusses many cyberpunk games (or heavily influence by cyberpunk) including various text and graphic adventure games from 1984 to 2003.

Download Interactive Fiction Games - Contains authoring tools, games, program manuals, and frequently asked questions.

GameBoomers - Includes PC game walkthroughs, hints and cheats, discussion forums, list of game publishers and official sites, game reviews and previews.

Board Games

ContraPloy - Free, turn-based, two-player strategy board game with hidden piece values that change with terrain. Includes annual tournament and message board.

CrossCheck - Slide pieces down the intersecting slots to be the first player to get four in a row in this online strategy board game. Played against the computer.

Final Conquest - Multiplayer strategy game of world conquest similar to Risk. Offers rules, FAQ, rankings, and forum.

Pacru - Strategic board game playable by two to four players. Also offers single player game against the computer. Includes rules and downloadable game for offline play.

Star Fleet Battles Online - SFB Online is an internet-based Star Fleet Battles tournament game service. Subscribers will be able to play SFB tournament games over the internet with SFB players around the world.

Atlantic Games - Offers online correspondence games including Chess, Checkers, Reversi, and variants. Includes tournaments, rankings, and upgraded membership option.

BrainKing.com - Turn-based board games against live opponents including Chess, Checkers, Backgammon, Reversi, and Five in Line. Includes teams, tournaments, and chat.

BrettspielWelt - Play over 70 board games (including Carcassonne, Cartagena and Trans America) either in your browser or using a separate client. [German, English]

Chat'n'Brett - Offers a variety of games and puzzles. Features links to related sites and chat.

Darkfish Games - Selection of Java board games playable against the computer. Includes Checkers, Reversi, Five Field Kono, Nim Skulls, Pentalpha, and Taxi.

Game Colony - Multi-player realtime games online. Chat with other players.

The Game Room - Play classic board games, like chess, draughts and backgammon or test yourself with brain teasers, puzzles and trivia.

Music And Dance

bemanistyle.com - Covers multiple games, with news, media files, forums, tutorials, and release dates.

Konami Music Games Forum - Forum at Konami of America's official site for players to voice their opinions.

Team Bemani UK - Information on the world record holder. Offers photographs, codes, and United Kingdom game locations.

Pinball

Dragon Hunter Pinball for Palm OS - A shareware pinball game for Palm OS organizers.

LittleWing Pinball - Official site including Tristan, Crystal Caliburn, Loony Labyrinth, Angel Egg, Golden Logres and Jinni Zeala.

Pinball Zone - Offers online pinball games for download.

FileRadar - Offers links to mods, demos, patches and related files. Links are user-submitted and other users vote up or down the best ones.

Platform

The Adventures of Jason - Java platformer in which one or more players jump around in a rectangular world, trying to catch stars and shoot each other. [Open Source, GPL]

BurgerSpace - BurgerTime clone for Linux, Windows, Mac, or BeOS in which you are a chef and must collect ingredients to make burgers.

Ladder - A classic ASCII based arcade game similar to Donkey Kong. (Requires the Java runtime environment.)

Robot Battle - An evolving programming game that allows players to design and build intelligent robots using a simple scripting language.

Super Pooch - A scrolling platformer for Windows similar to Super Mario.

TurboLode - 3D derivation of the game 'Lode Runner' for Windows with a real time stereoscopic mode.

VideoToons - Multiplayer Java platformer. [Open Source, GPL]

Puzzles

ADDiction - Solve each Java-based puzzle by swapping pairs of adjacent numbered tiles whose sum is a multiple of 3 or 5. Available for play online, or download.

AOL Games - Puzzles - Offers online and downloadable puzzle games.

Blueee's Number Puzzle - Online game that displays a random choice of one of 15,000 different math puzzles. Six nested equations are shown with icons instead of digits. Find the digits to solve the puzzle.

Brainwave - Determine the shape that doesn't fit in this series of ten visual logic puzzles. Solve all ten and get a top 5% brain award.

Caught At Work Productions - Offers a new brain teaser each Thursday, plus archive of past puzzles.

Wordgames

BigOpolis Daily Fill-It-In - Daily online fill-it-in puzzle similar to a crossword puzzle but easier.

Bill's Free Word Puzzles - Free word puzzles available online with more available via mail.

Brain Games Web Guide - Word Puzzles - Directory of word games.

Conundrum - Guess the scrambled nine letter word in thirty seconds.

Cryptoquotes.com - Offers cryptogram contests.

Dictionary.com: Fun and Games - New crossword puzzles, word search games every day.

East of the Web Word Games - A collection of free word games to play by yourself or against others. Includes fast-paced vocabulary, anagrams, and mastermind.

The Enigma Device - A fun online Java word game. Features three new word puzzles every day.

Etymologic - Presented with ten randomly selected roots.

Chatterbots

Ai Research - Focuses on creating genuine Artificial Intelligence - the technology that enables machines to converse with humans in natural language. Based on a groundbreaking approach, Ai's technology will pass the Turing Test for machine intelligence by 2011.

AI Buddy - Personal chat bots for use with AOL Instant Messenger.

ALIMbot - Hobby project written in Visual Basic 6.0 by M.F. Wahid. ALIM, in Classical Arabic, means the one who has knowledge. ALIMbot is an Artificially Intelligent chatbot that tries to effectively react to the user input.

Android - Downloadable software that refers to a user-extensible digital knowledgebase.

Answerpad - Downloadable program which answers questions based on past memorized conversations. Compatible with Microsoft Agent characters.

Arthur the Chatterbot - Developed by the Kingston school of Information Systems.

Artificial Intelligent Robots - The home of the chatterbot Talk-Bot, which uses smiley faces to express emotions and small icons to enhance the conversation.

Arty Fishal - Web-based bot attempting to simulate an insane asylum resident.

Ask ALEX - Experimental bot programmed to help users find legal information on JURIST: The Legal Education Network, and elsewhere online.

The Billy Project - Chat bot Billy, available for download.