Classic Online Games

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Classic Online Games

This one is for all video game lovers. Here are some of the best video games in the business.

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Classic Online Games
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The Oregon Trail

The game that made dysentery fun was released as a Facebook app last February, much to the delight of grown-up school children everywhere. It's now social, of course, but the decision whether to ford the river is all your won.

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The Oregon Trail
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Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?

From the people who brought you The Oregon Trail comes another classic bout of edutainment. That criminal mastermind Carmen Sandiego is on the loose again, this time on Facebook, and it's up to you and your friends to use geographical knowledge to bring her to justice.

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Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?
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The Sims Social

The Sims was a blockbuster franchise that kicked off in 2000 and spawned no less than a bajillion sequels, add-on packs and spin-offs.

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The Sims Social
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Civ World

The Mac Daddy of strategy gaming landed on Facebook over the summer, this time with a social twist. While you could always play other Civilizationgames online with friends, the unique social layer of Civ World makes it imperative that you optimize your research, diplomacy and military efforts in tandem with Facebook pals.

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Civ World
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Age of Empires Online

The venerable Age of Empires franchise from Microsoft hit the company's LIVE gaming platform this year, and you can join the real-time strategy melee for free. While some stalwart fans lamented the offering's "cartoonish" graphics, the social features and horde of new gameplay options satisfied many players looking for a free strategy fix.

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Age of Empires Online
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Quake LIVE

Id Software, the company that defined the modern first-person shooter with games likeWolfenstein 3D and Doom, also had a mega hit with Quake in 1996. Quake's online community remains passionate to this day, and id breathed new life into the aging title with Quake LIVE, a free, web-based portal where fans can frag each other online to their hearts' content.

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Quake LIVE
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Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of Neverwinter

Forgotten Realms is a longstanding game world for tabletop Dungeons & Dragons that found its digital legs in 2002's Neverwinter Nights from BioWare. After a successful sequel and the birth of a strong modding community, the franchise has made the leap to Facebook with an experience more reminiscent of the board games than the PC versions.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of Neverwinter
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Team Fortress 2

Beloved multiplayer FPS Team Fortress 2 was made free-to-play by Valve last summer, and new players flocked to the addictive title. The game is supported by downloadable content: hats and other accessories that let you customize your character, but don't affect the competitive balance.

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Team Fortress 2
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Asteroids Online

A free portal lets you play updated versions of the old console standbys, including the inertia-bending Asteroids.

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Asteroids Online
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World of Warcraft

Perhaps a "modern classic," depending on your perspective (the game was released in 2004, after all), Blizzard announced last summer that new adventurers could play for free up to level 20.

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World of Warcraft
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