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Jerry Pournelle

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195167757

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780195167757.001.0001

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Ten Great Computer Games You Should (or Maybe Shouldn’t) Know

Ten Great Computer Games You Should (or Maybe Shouldn’t) Know

(p.219) Ten Great Computer Games You Should (or Maybe Shouldn’t) Know
1001 Computer Words You Need to Know

Jerry Pournelle

Oxford University Press

Computers aren’t just for writing letters, calculating how much money you’ve lost in the stock market, or e-mailing the entire family about the cancer-stricken boy who is collecting business cards (or is it get-well cards?). No, computers also have a more useful purpose—gaming. Here are ten games that you can waste many hours of your life playing. Tetris (http://www.tetris.com)—Polygons fall from the sky. Make rows of bricks out of the polygons. Repeat. Simple. . .until the polygons are dropping so fast you have less than second to find a place for the current piece and the incomplete rows start building up. . .game over. So you play again. . .you’re addicted. Simple enough for a three year old to play, yet so baffling that the kid will probably outscore you. University students have turned high-rise buildings into giant Tetris games, the record holder being a 15 story academic tower in the Netherlands. Solitaire (probably on your computer right now)—Along with Minesweeper and Hearts, this is how we wasted time at work in the days before we had Internet access at our desks and could check scores on ESPN’s Web site all day. Civilization I/II/III (http://www.civ3.com/)—A sandbox for your Napoleon complex. Start from the Iron Age and lead your people into the nuclear age by investing in scientific research and exploring new terrain. Make friends with other civilizations, or roll your tanks right up to their doorsteps. Deus Ex (http://www.deusex.com/)—Like other first-person shooter games (such as Doom and Quake), this game is gory and not for kids. Unlike Doom and Quake, you don’t have to shoot everything that moves to win. Stealth, non-lethal methods of neutralizing the enemy, and an open mind will get you through this game of near-future intrigue. Everquest (http://everquest.station.sony.com/)—The most well known MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game). Dungeons and Dragons players no longer have to leave their house and interact with real people. This is probably the only game on this list given as a reason for divorce.

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